bear sanctuary DOMAZHYR



In May 2016, the foundation stone was laid for one of our youngest bear sanctuaries close to the Ukrainian city of Lviv (Lemberg): BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr. The first construction phase, covering roughly 19 acres, was completed in 2017. Since then, BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr has been expanded to 37 acres and currently provides species-appropriate accommodations for over 20 bears. A further extension is planned for 2021. After all the construction work is done, the sanctuary will have space for up to 30 bears.

Visit bear SANCTUARY Domazhyr

We are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Reservations are mandatory and need to be made in advance by calling us at +380 67 509 3058.

Bear-baiting banned since 2015

Bear- baiting is a practice used by hunters to train hunting dogs to sniff out, corral, trap and kill bears. To do this, bears are tied up daily by a chain around their neck with minimal capacity, if any, to defend themselves against dogs that attack them.

After training, the bears are confined to small, dismal cages. They're deprived of any quality of life and standard of care. The next day this vicious cycle repeats itself despite any wounds sustained from the previous day.

Although bear baiting has been outlawed, it still continues illegally.

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr represents an important step to end bear-baiting. By housing the last fighting bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, FOUR PAWS – with the support of the Ukrainian authorities – hopes to end this cruel practice once and for all.

On the basis of our initiative, a new animal welfare law was adopted in 2015. Since then, forcing wolves or bears to fight dogs is prohibited.

Good News!

FOUR PAWS freed Kvitka from a cage at a hunting station in the Ukraine.

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