bear sanctuary arbesbach


An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

The BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach in the 'Waldviertel' region of Lower Austria was the first bear sanctuary to be founded by FOUR PAWS in 1998 and extended in 2009. The near-natural territory offers bears formerly held by private owners in unsuitable conditions or kept as circus bears an animal-friendly home on a total area of 14,000 square metres.  

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Open from Easter to November 1st, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Bears that have grown up in human care unfortunately can no longer be released into the wild. They have become too used to people and their support. In captivity, the bears lose the vital instincts they would need for live in the wild. Left to themselves, they are unable to survive. FOUR PAWS wants to provide bears in human care an environment that corresponds to their species. This is not the same as life independent of human beings. The BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach offers such bears a life-long home in a near-natural habitat.

Today, seven bears live in the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach. Many of them display severe behavioural disorders due to their former caged existence and require the special attention of our animal care staff.      

In our extensive wooded enclosures, Emma, Miri, Erich, Vinzenz, Brumca, Tom and Jerry are able to rediscover their instincts and act out their natural behaviour. 

Find out more about BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach here

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