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Alumna works to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s smallest bear

December 03, 2013

  • Sun bear, the world's smallest bear. Photo by: Jocelyn Stokes
    Jocelyn Stokes, Survival of the Sun Bears

Jocelyn Stokes ‘07, founder and director of Survival of the Sun Bears, is aiming to bring awareness of the plight of the sun bears - the smallest of all bears - whose habitat and survival is threatened. She is building an awareness campaign and plans to produce a conservation documentary film about the bears.

One of the primary threats to sun bear survival is that they are a little known species to the general public, and the mission of Survival of the Sun Bears is to document the entire process of conducting research and to expand sun bear awareness by producing an educational and inspirational documentary film. Jocelyn plans to make this film widely available and share it with colleges and other educational institutions around the world.

Stokes is currently living in Sabah, Borneo and working a the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, where she is documenting rehabilitation efforts and studying the bears.

Read more about her efforts and project in this recent article from