bear sanctuary arbesbach


An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

The BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach is in the untouched landscape of Arbesbach-Schönfeld in the Lower Austrian 'Waldviertel', about 150 km northwest of Vienna. It was named after the nearby village called Arbesbach. The BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach is the first bear sanctuary to be founded by FOUR PAWS in 1998 and was 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. 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

BÄRENWALD Bärenschutzzentrum gGmbH
Schönefeld 18
3925 Arbesbach - Austria

Tel.: +43-2813-7604-0

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FOUR PAWS behind the scenes: BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

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