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Animal photography master class and Sundowner – fundraiser for ‘Free The Bears’

May 23, 2014 by

In 1993, whilst watching a current affairs TV program in Perth, Mary Hutton saw a segment that would change her life and hundreds of others.  The segment contained horrifying footage of Asiatic Black bears held in coffin sized cages unable to move or turn with dirty catheters inserted directly into their gall bladder. Mary learned that thousands of bears were being held in these horrifying conditions throughout Asia, regularly milked for their bile to feed the demand for bear bile to be used in traditional medicine.

The next day, Mary drew up a petition and stood at the entrance of the local shopping mall collecting signatures to help “Free the Bears”. Within months, she had thousands of signatures, a regular group of like-minded supporters which became a committee, and plans to build on the momentum that had gathered into a force to help bears throughout the world. On the 23rd March 1995 Free the Bears Fund was registered as a not – for- profit charity eventually operating across South East Asia and further afield.

 With various countries facing unique sets of issues to overcome, FTB employ a range of strategies including environmental education, conservation research and strengthened law enforcement to ensure that they achieve their mission to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world.   

You can be involved in two opportunities coming up on the 3rd of June 2014!

Event name: Animal Photography Master Class
What: Join multi award winning animal photographer, Alex Cearns from Houndstooth Studio for an animal photography master class, with tuition from 9.30am to 1.30pm then remain at the zoo to practise your new skills! You’ll also get the chance to try out a Tamron Super Performance Lens on the day and be in the running to win one!
Where: Taronga Zoo
When: Tuesday 3 June 2014
Open: 9.30am-1.30pm then stay at the zoo to practise your new photography skills!
Cost: $350 pp including entry to the zoo and lunch – all proceeds to Free The Bears
Parking: Taronga Zoo
Information: www.freethebears.org.au or Jeanette Akkanen via ftb-jeanette@highway1.biz or 0421 109 166 or 9584 1670

Event name: Sunbear Sundowner
What: Join Free The Bears founder Mary Hutton and Chief Executive Matt Hunt plus Houndstooth Studios’ Alex Cearns for an insight into the inspiring work Free The Bears does. The event includes drinks, nibbles, a raffle and auction. Proceeds go to Free The Bears.
Where: Taronga Zoo
When: Tuesday 3 June 2014
Open: Doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Cost: $50 – proceeds to Free The Bears
Parking: Taronga Zoo
Information: www.freethebears.org.au or Jeanette Akkanen via ftb-jeanette@highway1.biz or 0421 109 166 or 9584 1670

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