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BEARS

Although bears were long-feared and nearly hunted to extinction, bears are actually peaceful and solitary creatures. In the wild, these omnivores spend up to 16 hours a day looking for food and roaming through fixed territories.   

FOUR PAWS focuses on the welfare of brown bears in Europe and Asian black bears in Vietnam. We also rescue bears from crisis regions and disaster areas.  

Worth knowing about BEARS

10 Facts about Brown Bears

Intriguing facts about Europe's largest predator

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The Suffering of Baiting Bears

FOUR PAWS campaigns against illegal bear-baiting in Ukraine and rescues former baiting bears

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Brown Bear: Torpor or Hibernation?

How bears doze through the cold season – eating nothing for up to three months

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bears suffer under cruel keeping coNditions 

Despite their size and strength, bears in the wild have scarce space in which to survive. The brown bear lives only in a few protected areas in Europe. Most people know little about the predator that once was at home here. Whether kept in zoos, circuses or privately, bears suffer terribly under bad living conditions. In captivity, they are unable to act out their natural instincts such as roaming in search of food and hibernating.   

help for bears

How FOUR PAWS rescues bears from bad keeping conditions

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Help for Animals in Crisis

The FOUR PAWS task force helps animals incrisis regions and disaster areas

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animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

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FOUR PAWS Bear Sanctuaries

Find out more about our sanctuaries and cooperation projects where rescued bears get a chance to live in an environment appropriate to their species. 

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A peaceful oasis for former bile bears

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland!

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BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

The First FOUR PAWS bear sanctuary; helping abused bears since 1998

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Domazhyr Bear Sanctuary

FOUR PAWS' BEAR SANCTUARY in the Ukraine 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The largest BEAR SANCTUARY in Western Europe

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Dancing Bears Park Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears

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Bär Pashuk aus dem BÄRENWALD Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

A peaceful oasis for bears in Kosovo 

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