IBA’s Bear Conservation Fund  supports work to understand and sustain bear populations by funding projects through IBA’s competitive grants program.

Our mission


Through its integrated relationship with the Bear Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN)/Species Survival Commission, identify priorities in bear research and management and recruit project proposals to the IBA Research and Conservation Grants Program that address these priorities.


Support innovative solutions to bear conservation dilemmas that involve local communities as well as national or regional governments and, to the extent possible, address their needs without compromising bear conservation, recognizing that conservation is most successful where human communities are stable and can experience benefits from conservation efforts.


Form partnerships with other institutions to achieve conservation goals, where partnerships could provide additional funding, knowledge of geographical areas, or expertise in scientific or non-scientific sectors.
Since 1993, the Bear Conservation Fund has provided seed money for bear conservation projects utilizing a competitive grants process and scientific review. That’s over $1,000,000 provided to 182 bear conservation grants on all 8 bear species in 38 countries.

In 25 years of grant making the IBA’s Bear Conservation Fund has found:

  • A small amount of well-placed money can really serve to reduce human-bear conflict and create a better life for those living in proximity to bears as well as assure stability for the bear populations.
  • A small amount of well-placed money can launch the career of world-class young conservationists, especially when they are brought into the IBA’s network, supported and encouraged.
  • A well trained and empowered bear biologist is our best product, because those young people, dedicated to a bear and a community, have a big impact for bears, wildlife and wild lands regionally and nationally.
  • A small amount of well-placed money can launch a community-based conservation effort for bears that is self-sustaining and inspires like efforts elsewhere.
  • Successful conservation efforts for bears often result in the creation of parks, preserves and wildlife corridors.
  • A small amount of well-placed money can give us techniques to explore the world of bears more effectively.
  • A small amount of well-placed money provides scientific exchange and brings expertise where it is needed to conserve bears.

Interactive Map

Click the button below to see an interactive map of where our IBA’s Bear Conservation Fund grants have been used to date
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Our special thanks to donors who contributed to the IBA’s Bear Conservation Fund through between 16 February 2019 and 31 December 2019. 

Haneef Abdulrehman
Arkay Foundation
Todd Atwood
Julia Bevins
Kadya Chavkin
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Christine Clarke
Tony Colonnese
Glen Contreras
Christophe Coret/AVES France
Marissa D’Agostini
Jeff Dean/Creative Fires Studio in memory of Fred Dean
Thomas Delong/ABR, Inc.
Mimi Applegate Elder, in memory of Glen Contreras
Elizabeth Grace Fuller Bivins Fund
Charles G. Evans
Elizabeth Fadali
Joyce E. Follingstad Trust
Marilyn Fox, in memory of Glen Contreras
Tricia Fry
Rémy Gaillot/Parc Animalier d’Auvergne
John Glover
David Graber
Tabitha Graves
John Hechtel
Grant Hilderbrand
Elisabeth Holmgren
Homer Bear Conservation Fund
Neville Jacobs
John Sheldon Bevins Memorial Foundation
Wayne Kasworm
Mary Ethel Keirstead
Nora Kelly
Little Rock Zoo
Major Marine Tours
Margen West Lloyd
Linda Masterston
Gary Matson
Judy Meuth
Sterling Miller
Marci Milligan
Alan Mitchell
Eric Nelson
Karen Noyce
Katherin Parker & Mike Gillingham
Joshua & Kellie Peirce
Eric Pelletier
Theodore Pinsky
Harry Reynolds
Charley Rowland
John Rowland and Ginny Vincenti
Amy Ruf
Brian Scheick
Jason SChmitt
Michael J. Schneider
John Schoen
Pixie Siebe
Rick Sitts
Patti Sowka
Helen Stahmann
Joyce Stahmann
Cody Stetzel
Sandra Stevens
Jennapher Teunissen van Manen
Lucy Vanstone
Nick and Eleanor Waterman
Scott Waterman
Kol Zarember

And other generous donors who wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you!