BEARS

Although bears were long feared as dangerous and therefore were nearly hunted to extinction, bears are actually quite peace-loving creatures. In the wild, these solitary omnivores spend up to 16 hours a day looking for food and roaming through fixed territories.  

FOUR PAWS looks after brown bears in Europe and Asian black bears in Vietnam. We also rescue bears from crisis regions and disaster areas.

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Bear looks surprised

10 Facts about Brown Bears

Intriguing facts about Europe's largest predator

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Bear eating a tomato

Brown Bear: Food & Feeding Behaviour

Facts about bear's diet and foraging behaviour that might surprise you

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Bear is sitting in the grass

Brown Bear: Way of Life & Offspring

A year in the life of a brown bear in the wild – from mating to winter sleep

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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. Today these animals are more likely to be found in captivity. 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 in crisis regions and disaster areas

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bile bears

Around 385 bears still live in tiny cages on so-called 'bear farms'

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Bear rescue in action

animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helping animals under direct human influence

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the FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARIES and cooperation projects! 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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Bear Luna at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

A FOUR PAWS project in Germany since 2006

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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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 Ukraine since 2016

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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 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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