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About our work with bears

Bear Rescue

FOUR PAWS’ bear rescue project focuses on wild bears in captivity. Through it, we manage, operate and develop existing bear projects that rescue and re-home bears in the five sanctuaries that we operate across Europe.

Our research includes collecting information and visiting countries that support traditions that promote animal abuse, such as the Ukraine’s “dancing” bears. Sadly, these bears often suffer intolerable cruelty as entertainment for paying tourists. We strive to rescue them as well as bears held in private captivity and poor living conditions. A further step in this project might include looking for local cooperation partners. Organizing bear transport is another role taken on by FOUR PAWS. We continue to develop our existing projects and improve the quality standards of our three bear parks.

For more information:


The work with do with bears in Vietnam and ending the bear bile trade.

Updates on your favorite bears in our Rescue, Transports and Updates section. 

Our work to achieve the bear baiting ban in Ukraine


Please donate now to support our work protecting bears.