Confined in tiny cages, with hardly any exercise, little to no enrichment, poor professional care, and no opportunities to retreat, these animals suffer enormously. Some of these animals suffer serious health issues as a result of uncontrolled breeding and even inbreeding.
FOUR PAWS are helping these animals in a few ways:
- Revealing their suffering through our undercover investigations,
- Rescuing them from their miserable conditions, and
- Protecting them in our sanctuaries, as well as lobbying with the government to improve and enforce regulations on animal facilities in Bulgaria.
Read our report on Bulgarian zoos and some of our success stories below.
The FOUR PAWS report on zoos in Bulgaria
There are 21 zoos in Bulgaria, distributed throughout the country. Almost all (19) of them are publicly owned and managed by local municipalities. Seventeen of these zoos are open to visitors, including the Kyustendil Zoo, although it has had its license revoked since 2011.