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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 one of the world's largest predators

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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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Bears sitting in snow

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 Cuc BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A FOUR PAWS project in Vietnam since 2017

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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Bear Erich at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

A FOUR PAWS project for abused bears in Austria since 1998

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Bear Ruta taking a bath at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS forever home for abused brown bears in the  Ukraine since 2016

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Bear Luna at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

A FOUR PAWS project in Germany since 2006

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Bear Standy at DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A FOUR PAWS cooperation project in Bulgaria since 2000

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Bear Pashuk at BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

A FOUR PAWS project in Kosovo since 2013

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