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  • Sign our petition to free bears

    PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION:
    There are now 87 rescued bears living in the Romanian bear sanctuary. The AMP (who manage the sanctuary), working with the authorities over the past decade, have been able to almost eradicate the cruel caging of bears on private property and from cages outside restaurants. But there is still one outstanding case of a man keeping up to 5 bears on his private property in the west of Romania. No-one can enter the area to assess the bears as the owner has, in the past, threatened AMP staff with a shotgun.

    So now we are raising a petition to urge the Romanian authorities to legally take the bears and place them in the care of the bear sanctuary.

    Please sign our petition by logging on here: http://bit.ly/2ix9FQO
    Thank you. We will keep you updated on progress with this issue.

  • A Book for Christmas

    The AMP (Millions of Friends) organization has been caring for rescued bears in the Romanian bear sanctuary for over a decade now. They helped rescue over 90 bears from illegal and cruel captivity, but there are still a few captive bears left to rescue in Romania.  More details of this will follow soon.

    A few years ago, Animal Planet made a series of programmes for TV showing the amazing work of the bear rescues and the creation of the Libearty bear sanctuary in the heart of Romania’s Transylvania.  If you want to watch the first episode it can be found on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7WIb4Qm7Vs and you can also get the illustrated book BEAR SANCTUARY as a Christmas gift from Amazon at: http://amzn.to/pWBWaQ. The book gives the story of the bear rescues and has over 100 photos of the bears and you can also read of celebrity visitors to the sanctuary including Natalie Imbruglia and Leona Lewis.  A donation from the sales of the book goes to help rescue more bears from cruel captive conditions so why not send a copy to a friend for Christmas? 

  • Online shop to help the rescued bears

    Now you can help the rescued bears at the Libearty sanctuary in Romania by buying a Christmas present for yourself or for friends and family.  The Millions of Friends organisation (AMP), who manage the bear sanctuary, have just opened an online shop where you can buy T-shirts, pens, souvenir mousepads and mugs with pictures of the rescued bears - and a lot more.

    Take a look at their shop at:  http://shop.ampbears.ro/en/.  You can change the language and currency in the top right corner.

    The money from every purchase goes towards caring for the rescued bears and to rescue even more bears from cruel captivity in Romania.  Tell your friends and spread the word about the shop. Give yourself – and the bears – a great Christmas present.  

  • Blessing of animals at sanctuary in Romania

    To celebrate World Animal Day - October 4th (associated with St Francis of Assisi, who was known for kindness to animals) the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania held a Blessing of animals in the small chapel of St Seraphim which is located in the heart of the bear sanctuary and which overlooks one of the large bear enclosures where rescued bears relax in the meadow and forest areas.

    Many people came with their cats, dogs and pets and even some horses, donkeys and goats were present to be blessed by the local Priest. This event has become an annual one at the bear sanctuary as more people become aware of the need to show respect and protection towards animals.

  • Orphan bear cubs at Romania sanctuary 2016

    This is an update on the two orphaned bear cubs found four months ago.  Romanian Forest Rangers had found a bear den with the cubs which appeared to have been abandoned. They monitored the den for a few days and when there was no sign of the mother bear returning they decided to save the cubs and bring them to the Libearty bear sanctuary, near Brasov.  The mother had probably been killed by hunters.

    The two male cubs have since been cared for by staff at the sanctuary where at first they were underweight and needed to be bottle fed every few hours.  Over the past few months they have grown in strength and have now been released into a special forest enclosure at the sanctuary.  Here they will be safe and they can start learning to climb trees, swim in the water pool and to begin living like bears.  The aim is to allow the cubs this freedom for another year after which they will be assessed for release back to the true wild.

    The little brothers, who are now approximately four months old, were released into the grassy enclosure this month and they immediately raced around to explore. They tried to climb a tree but did not yet have the strength to get far up, but in the coming weeks we expect them to spend much of their time climbing to the tree tops.  They also splashed around in the water pool and rolled in the lush grass. 

    The sanctuary staff will feed them and monitor them but they will be kept away from visitors as the aim is to rehabilitate them back to the wild at a later date, when they are big enough to fend for themselves.

    The AMP who manage the bear sanctuary have done a fantastic job in bringing the cubs back to full health and we hope to follow their progress over the coming months.  To see a short video of the young bears being released into the Romanian bear sanctuary go to:  http://www.facebook.com/BearSanctuaryTeddyBearMuseum   

    If you want to help the AMP to care or these young bear cubs, please go to:  http://www.ampbears.ro/en/donate