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BEARS

Although bears were long feared as dangerous and therefore nearly hunted to extinction, bears are 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 focuses on the welfare of brown bears in Europe and Asian black bears in Vietnam. We also rescue bears from crisis regions and disaster areas.  

Worth knowing about BEARS

Bears sitting in snow

Brown Bear: Torpor or Hibernation?

How bears doze through the cold season – eating nothing for up to three months

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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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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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bears suffer under cruel keeping coNditions 

Despite their size and strength, bears in the wild have scarce space in which to survive. The brown bear lives only in a few protected areas in Europe. Most people know little about the predator that once was at home here. 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 incrisis regions and disaster areas

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animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

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the FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARIES! 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 Belitsa

BEAR SANCTUARY 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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