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  • Bears rescued from Gyumri Zoo in Armenia - now safe at Romanian bear sanctuary

    Two bears have been rescued from appalling conditions from what the media called “The world’s saddest zoo” - the Gyumri zoo in Armenia - and they have been brought to the Romanian bear sanctuary where they are now tasting freedom for the first time in their lives.

    The European brown bears, Masha and Grisha, were kept separate in small dirty cages in the zoo in Armenia and when they arrived at the bear sanctuary they were found to be undernourished and in need of veterinary care. The sanctuary vet has treated them and they now have a good diet so their health is improving.  They were initially afraid of each other but after a couple of days the two bears started playing together in the sanctuary quarantine area, and splashing in the large water pool.  Cristina Lapis, President of the AMP who manage the bear sanctuary, said that she was happy to welcome the bears from Armenia into the sanctuary where they could start to live like bears again and not like starved caged animals.

  • Bear Cubs rescued and cared for at Romanian sanctuary

    Two very young brown bear cubs have been rescued and are now being cared for at the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania. Forest Rangers had found a bear den with the cubs which seemed 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 bear sanctuary. It is probable that the mother bear had been shot.
    The cubs were severely dehydrated but the sanctuary vet is treating them and bottle feeding them every 2 hours. The sanctuary will care for the baby bears and hopefully their health will improve. If all goes well, the cubs can later on be released back to the wild.  To see a short film of the baby bears at the sanctuary see:

  • Valentine Bear

    If you are looking for that special gift for a loved one on Valentine’s Day, then why not adopt a bear for your beloved one. The “Millions of Friends” organisation who care for over 80 rescued bears at their Libearty sanctuary in Romania are asking you to look at their VALENTINE ADOPTION page for the bears (…/offer-your-lover-a-bear-for-valent… ) and choose the bear that you want to adopt. Then, click on the ADOPT A BEAR NOW! and make a 10 euro donation.
    Send them a message on, with the name of the bear you want to adopt, your name and the name of the person you want to offer this gift.
    They will send you, by e-mail, a special Valentine’s Day adoption certificate ready to be printed and framed, that you can gift to your beloved one!

  • Teddy bears for kids and bears

    25 children at an orphanage in Brasov, Romania received a furry teddy bear as a Christmas gift from the Libearty bear sanctuary. This was the result of the "adopt-a-teddy bear" project by the bear sanctuary which enabled people to donate funds to help care for the rescued bears and also to give a teddy bear gift to an orphan for Christmas. The project was so popular with the children that the sanctuary will continue to offer the teddy adoption throughout 2016 to help more bears and more children who need a teddy bear to cuddle - so if you want to help the bears and kids in Romania take a look at the web site at:…/adopt-a-teddy-bear-for-an-orphan-c… . Happy New Year from the Bear Sanctuary!


    ADOPT A TEDDY BEAR - AND HELP REAL BEARS AND CHILDREN. The Romanian bear sanctuary has a great gift idea for Christmas. If you donate 50 euros to help care for their rescued bears, they will give one of their teddy bears to a local orphanage in Romania. That way your Christmas gift helps the sanctuary to feed rescued bears and to rescue more bears – and you will also be gifting a fluffy teddy bear friend to an orphan child to remind them they are not alone at Christmas.

    For your donation you will receive a picture of the orphan children enjoying the gift of your adopted teddy bear, and you will receive a certificate to show your family and friends how easy it is to make orphan children happy and also help animals. You can also buy this gift for someone as a present of course. Just take a look at the web site of the Millions of Friends organization (AMP) – who manage the bear sanctuary in Romania.…/adopt-a-teddy-bear-for-an-orphan-c…

    You can also buy the BEAR SANCTUARY BOOK as a Christmas present, from: . The book tells the story, with photos, of the rescue of the bears and the creation of the bear sanctuary in Romania, as well as other sanctuaries around the world. A donation from the sales of the book goes to help rescue and care for more bears.