The Bear Care Group is a non-profit group dedicated to the continued organization of international bear husbandry conferences, programs, publications, and resources for bear caregivers at sanctuaries, rehabilitation facilities, and zoos. This website provides the most recent information and easy access to all conference needs including; conference and hotel registration, transportation info, and more.

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The Bear Care Group is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.   The Bear Care Group  tax identification number is 26-2885950.

Privacy Statement

The Bear Care Group (BCG) respects your privacy but we'd like to stay in touch with you about the work we do to enhance bear welfare around the world, including keeping you informed about our conferences and workshops, fundraising appeals, and what you can do to support us. We do not trade, share, nor sell your data with anyone, nor do we send mailings on behalf of other organizations. We promise to keep your details safe and secure. You can change your mind at any time by contacting  For further details on how your data is used and stored please click on the link below.

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Purpose of the Bear Care Group on Facebook

Our Facebook page is for all bear caregivers and professionals who work in the field or who advocate for change for captive bear care and bear conservation.

The Bear Care Group is a non-profit organization focused on developing educational opportunities for bear care professionals in all parts of the world to help them to provide better care for their captive bears.

The Bear Care Group Facebook Membership Includes:
  • Professionals who work in captive bear care or conservation

    • This includes: (active, former, retired)

      • Animal care workers, volunteers

      • Professional animal welfare advocates

      • Scientists/researchers in the field

      • Professional wildlife photographers

      • Organizations and businesses that support bear welfare, work, and conservation

If you do not fit into one of these categories but feel you would like to contribute to the Bear Care Group's Facebook group, please contact us at with your credentials and the Board will get back to you.

* The Bear Care Group Facebook Admins are entitled to deny entry to any member they choose. They are also allowed to remove members that don't comply with the guidelines.

Bear Care Group Guidelines for Posting on Facebook:

The Bear Care Group encourages all Facebook members to participate in the conversations on our page, including posting on our wall and sharing comments.  However, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines. Posts will be removed if they violate the guidelines listed below.

  • All posts and comments must be in accordance with professional ethics.

  • The Bear Care Group allows all of its supporters to state an opinion in a courteous manner.  Profane, defamatory, offensive, or violent language will be deleted.

  • Statements that are derogatory against a person, a people, a country, a religion, a group, or a way of life will be deleted.

  • Statements that are meant to harass, threaten, or abuse others will be deleted.

  • Anti-zoo, anti-sanctuary, anti-rehabilitation, anti-advocacy, anti-organization, etc. statements will be deleted.

  • Requests for funding or donations are not allowed (with the exception of a fundraiser being run by or endorsed by the Bear Care Group.)

  • If a single individual starts a discussion that all other members disagree with, it may, at the discretion of the Bear Care Group Admins, be considered trolling. Trolls will be removed from the group.

  • Please stick to the purpose of this Facebook group.  Irrelevant content does not belong here - it belongs on other pages.

  • Think before you post! This is Facebook, one of the biggest social media sites - what goes up can never really come down.  Respect the privacy of others!

  • Do not post contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise.)

  • Do not upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer or property of another.

  • Do not advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business or personal purpose.

  • Do not request to sign petitions.

  • Requests for donations are not allowed.

All posts and comments are monitored by the Board of Directors and may be denied or removed at their discretion.  Please contact us at if you have any concerns or inquiries about posting.

All social media guidelines can be found on our website