A new home for bile bears at the BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh!

The first construction phase of BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh started in December 2016. Till now, four spacious outdoor enclosures were created for 10 to 14 animals each, two bear houses with indoor rooms for the bears, a quarantine station and veterinary unit, a feeding kitchen and an administrative building. BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh now offers suitable living conditions for up to 44 bears - with your help, it will be expanded by 2020 to house 100 bears!

In the meantime, we have been able to rescue and house 12 bears at our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. Nhi Nho (formally known as Hai Chan), Thai Van, Thai Giang, Misa, Binh Yen, May, Hoa Lan, Hoa Tra, Long, Trang, Mi and Tam. Further bear rescue missions are already being planned.


Cuc Phuong - Bai Dinh road, Ky Phu commune
Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam
T.: (+84) 2293 666 388 |

Situation in Vietnam

Even though the production of bear bile and the trade of bear products is forbidden by law in Vietnam, bear bile farming and illegal bile extraction still exists. The Vietnamese government has taken firm legislative steps to end bear farming in Vietnam, however, there are still approximately 800 so-called “bile bears” – mainly Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) – living under poor conditions on more than 250 bear farms. These animals suffer in tiny metal cages, spending their days in a vegetated state, half-starved and dehydrated. With the newly built BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS aims to contribute significantly to end bear farming in Vietnam. The sanctuary allows the government greater enforcement of existing laws prohibiting the abuse of bears for bile extraction by providing a place for any confiscated, or voluntarily handed over, bears to be taken in and cared for appropriately.


for the bears at our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh!


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