Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


A new home for former bile bears in Vietnam


The construction of BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh started in December 2016. Until now, six spacious outdoor enclosures have been created at the sanctuary, three bear houses with indoor dens, a quarantine station and a full-equipped veterinary unit, a feeding kitchen and an administrative building. BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh currently offers suitable living conditions for up to 50 bears. The overall goal is to expand the sanctuary to 10 ha and to be able to house 100 rescued bile bears in total over the upcoming years.

Till now, we have been able to rescue and house more than 40 bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. Further bear rescue missions are already being planned.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, as a security measure, our sanctuary is closed to the public until further notice. The safety of our visitors, staff, and animals is always our highest priority. During this time, we will continue to ensure that our animals are being provided with everything they need. We hope to open again very soon and apologise for any inconvenience. 

Visitors are invited to share their journey with family and friends by bringing them a gift from BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.  

The Sanctuary's own shop sells environmentally friendly and locally produced souvenirs. At BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, you can also enjoy traditional Vietnamese vegetarian and vegan dishes made with fresh, local ingredients at the onsite bistro and enjoy the tranquil views across the Sanctuary. 




Cuc Phuong - Bai Dinh road, Ky Phu commune
Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam
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Situation in Vietnam

Although the sale and the possession of bear bile have been banned by law since 2005, today still many bears – mainly Asiatic black bears – are kept on bear farms in Vietnam. Many are illegally abused for the extraction of bear bile. Read more about the plight of these bears who live in deplorable conditions in Vietnam here. These animals suffer in tiny metal cages, spending their days in an almost vegetative state, half-starved and dehydrated. 

In the framework of the #SaddestBears campaign, FOUR PAWS has set itself the task of ending the torment of bile bears in Vietnam.

With the newly built BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS aims to contribute significantly to end bear farming in Vietnam. The Sanctuary will boost government efforts to enforce the existing laws that prohibit the abuse of bears for bile extraction by providing a place for bears – whether confiscated or voluntarily given up by their owners – to find a haven where they will be cared for properly.


for our bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh!


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