Arosa bear sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland!

The first Swiss bear sanctuary, Arosa Bear Sanctuary, is built in cooperation with the Arosa tourism board on 7.5 acres within the municipality of Arosa on the Weisshorn mountain. It's FOUR PAWS' newest bear sanctuary!

Since the summer of 2018, five bears were freed from terrible conditions in southern Europe and will be able to call the sanctuary home. Arosa Bear Sanctuary is already home to one resident: Napa. He's one of the last three bears rescued from the Siberian circus.

Over the past several years, FOUR PAWS has rescued over 90 bears and provided care and lifetime homes for them at our sanctuaries located in Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, Austria, and the Ukraine.

Arosa Bear Sanctuary will operate according to the same principles: 

  • A species- appropriate enclosure and access to veterinary treatment
  • Mandatory sterilization of all animals
  • A ban on breeding 

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Give each bear a new life in beauty and tranquility


Sustainable animal welfare blends with ethical tourism

Arosa Bear Sanctuary connects animal welfare and touristic development, creating a 'win-win' situation for both sides. 

FOUR PAWS can now house and protect more rescued bears while educating the public about bears. In turn, the municipality of Arosa has the opportunity to develop a sustainable form of tourism.

When construction is complete, a nature trail and viewing platform will offer visitors an exhilarating insight into the life of the bears. 

Developing bear instincts

In the large, richly structured enclosures, bears will find a habitat that corresponds to their natural needs. The bears each have an area for bathing and retreat, along with other activities to keep them occupied.

To help motivate the bears and encourage development of their instincts, food will be hidden in new spots every day. This is a fun activity for the bears because in the wild, bears spend most of their day in search of food.