Bear Ruta taking a bath at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr


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


BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr provides a species-appropriate home and lifelong care to brown bears abused as baiting bears, kept in small cages next to restaurants to attract customers, or held in other inadequate conditions. The construction of the sanctuary represents an important step in stopping the abuse of bears for bear-baiting and improving the conditions of bears held inappropriately in the Ukraine. On the basis of our initiative, a new animal welfare law was adopted in 2015. Since then, forcing either wolves or bears to fight dogs has been prohibited. 

Unfortunately though, bear-baiting continues illegally since bears can still be kept on hunting stations. FOUR PAWS, with the support of the Ukrainian authorities, aims to put an end to this cruel practice once and for all.

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Visitors can explore the sanctuary on their own and visit the cafe or shop. Additionaly BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr offers individual or group tours through the sanctuary. Our guides will be happy to share valuable and interesting information about our sanctuary and the story of each bear. Special and behind the scenes tours for children and adults are also available. You can find more information here.


Founded in 2016

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr is one of our newest sanctuaries. The first construction phase, covering 7.7 hectares, was completed in autumn 2017. Since then, the sanctuary has been expanded to 20.3 ha, providing accommodation for up to 32 bears.


Where to find us

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr Vedmezhy Krai str., Zhornyska,
Yavoriv district, 81083 
Lviv region, Ukraine

Find more travel info here – 40 minutes from Lviv (by car),
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