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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

10 Facts About Brown Bears

Intriguing facts about Europe's largest predator

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Brown Bear: Torpor or Hibernation?

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

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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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Brown Bear: Food & Feeding Behaviour

Facts about the bear's diet and 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 SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A new home for bile bears in Vietnam

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The biggest bear canctuary in Western Europe

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Arosa BEAR SANCTUARY

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

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DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears in Bulgaria

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Bär Pashuk aus dem BÄRENWALD Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Kosovo 

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