In August 2018, the first Swiss bear sanctuary, Arosa Bear Sanctuary, was open for visitors.
The sanctuary was built in cooperation with Arosa Tourism in the heart of the Grisons mountains and is run by the Arosa Bear Foundation.
In July 2018, a former Serbian circus bear named Napa, moved in as the first inhabitant. Half a year later, in January 2019, the two former Albanian restaurant bears Meimo and Amelia came to Arosa.
Over the past several years, FOUR PAWS has rescued over 100 bears and provided care and lifetime homes for them at our sanctuaries located in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, the Ukraine, and Vietnam.
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
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.
The sanctuary includes a nature trail and viewing platform that offers 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.