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BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina gives bears from poor keeping conditions a place fit to live in.

For many years the Republic of Kosovo had no regulations on the keeping of brown bears. Privately owned bears had to vegetate in small cages outside restaurants with the aim of attracting customers. FOUR PAWS brought this disgrace to the government’s attention more than ten years ago.

Private keeping of bears banned in the Republic of Kosovo

In November 2010, when the ban on the private keeping of bears in the Republic of Kosovo finally came into force, we reacted immediately by offering the government our support to create species-appropriate solutions for the “restaurant bears”. At that time, our experts estimated that 15 brown bears were kept in miserable conditions.


Negotiations went well: a contract was signed giving FOUR PAWS the exclusive right to keep brown bears in the Republic of Kosovo. We also secured an agreement with the capital, Prishtina, to use a 16-hectare area of woodland free of charge.


Now, our Bear Sanctuary Prishtina is a beautiful and natural home for rescued bears. with ponds and hibernation caves. FOUR PAWS is also building an  international centre for animal welfare and nature conservation at the site.