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Emergency Rescue in Albania: A new home for two restaurant bears

*** Update 30/01/2019: 

Thanks to the help of our supporters, the bears have finally arrived in their new home. We are very excited to welcome them in Arosa and cannot wait to see them embrace their new lives!

All future donations will go towards their lifelong care at the BEAR SANCTUARY Arosa where they can finally leave their decade-long ordeal behind.


These two bears have not felt grass under their paws for 12 years. After being snatched from their families as cubs, they were taken in by a restaurant owner. Unfortunately, their new home was far from species-appropriate and they have been behind bars for twelve long years.

The years of captivity have taken their toll on the two. Kept in a metal cage, they hardly have room to move or to retreat. They are permanently exposed to the weathers and there is no enrichment to keep them occupied.  

Having heard about our previous work with bears in Albania, the owner is willing to hand the bears over and give them a better life. At our partner sanctuary Arosa Bärenland in the Swiss Alps, they will finally be able to roam around their vast enclosure and live out their natural behaviours. 

With your help, we want to get them out of their cage and into a natural environment as soon as possible.