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  • New Facebook page for the Teddy Bear Museum at the bear sanctuary in Romania.

    Do you know someone who makes teddy bears?  Do you have a collection of teddy bears? 

    If you know someone who makes teddy bears why not ask them to make one for the new Teddy Bear Museum which will be opening at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary later this year.

    Can you donate one of your hand-made teddy bears, or one from your collection, to the new Teddy bear Museum being created at the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania?  See our new Facebook site:  It’s not often that you get the chance to have one of your teddy bears exhibited at a museum which will have thousands of visitors each year, and your donated bear will be helping to give rescued bears a better life.  

    This museum will be the first of its kind in Romania and it is certain to be a huge attraction. This will bring more visitors, and their entrance fees to the sanctuary will help to cover the costs of caring for the bears and rescuing others. The 80 rescued brown bears eat over a ton of food every day – so it is an expensive business to care for all the bears.

    We are looking for unique artist-made bears, either traditional or one-of-a-kind. Large, small, any colour and also if the bear is wearing something or doing something. We also want a variety of bears including those in national costume or wearing something to show which country they came from. Just imagine what you would like to see in a museum of assorted teddy bears – that’s what we need to make this a very special visit for the family.  

    Teddy bears can be sent direct to the bear sanctuary in Romania at:

    Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni, Teddy Bear Museum; Strada Rovine nr.5;  500075;  Brasov;   Romania


    or they can be sent to a collection office in London.  For further details please email us at .

    We also need funds to set up the museum so let us know if you would like to donate towards setting up the museum. 

    See our new Facebook site at:

  • Paddington - The City is no place for a bear.

    Paddington – The city is no place for a bear.

    A new young bear has been rescued and brought to the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania.  The frightened young bear was found running around the streets of the city of Sibiu and had taken refuge in a basement of an office building.

    The local people had never seen a bear in the city streets before and called the authorities to deal with it.  Luckily the bear sanctuary was also called and they came out to rescue the bear.  No-one knows where the bear came from, whether it had wandered in from the forests or whether it had been released from a circus or from someone who had tried to keep it as a pet, but now the young bear – which has been named Paddington – has found a real refuge as he was released into one of the huge forest enclosures at the Libearty sanctuary near to the town of Zarnesti in central Romania.  Paddington has had enough of his city adventure and will from now on live a more natural life in the sanctuary oak forest with its water pools and dense forest vegetation in the company of other rescued bears. The only thing he might be missing is a marmalade sandwich. 

  • Sochi bears are freed from the restaurant cage.

    Sochi bears are freed from the restaurant cage.

    Two old bears who had spent 20 years in a filthy cage outside a restaurant in Sochi, Russia, have now been freed thanks to a 130,000 signature international petition calling on the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources to move the bears from their illegal captivity.

    World Animal Protection and Big Heart Foundation urged the authorities to move the bears from the rusted cage, where restaurant visitors had taunted the animals and fed them food scraps and beer. The Milioane de Prieteni group (AMP), who manage the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania, offered space at their forested sanctuary in the Carpathian Mountains as a retirement home for the bears.

    The Russian authorities have now decided to move the bears and have sent them to an animal rescue shelter in Moscow.

    The Moscow animal shelter has other bears in its care so the Sochi bears will now have a more relaxed life and a better diet.  The AMP are still offering to take the bears to their forest sanctuary and are awaiting a response from the Moscow shelter, as the sanctuary would offer natural forest, pools and a high level of veterinary care.

    Thanks again to everyone who supported the petition to free the bears.  The international action was successful in persuading the Russian authorities to take action against the illegality of keeping bears in a cage next to a restaurant.  This is an important result as animal protection groups have tried to free bears from similar caged conditions in Russia for many years without effect.  So there is hope for bears in similar conditions in Russia as a result of the campaign to free the Sochi bears.

  • Petition to free two bears from a cage in Sochi, Russia.

    Petition to free two bears from a cage in Sochi, Russia.

    Some positive news in the campaign to help free the two old bears that have spent their lives in a filthy cage next to a restaurant in Sochi, Russia.

    The World Animal Protection are working with the Romanian bear sanctuary and with the Big Hearts Foundation to bring the two bears from Sochi to the Romanian sanctuary where they will have a large forested enclosure with a fresh water pool, warm den and good food.

    A petition is being made to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Krasnodar region, Sochi, Russia, urging them to provide the legal support to allow the bears to be moved to the Romanian sanctuary.

    You can help free these bears by signing the petition here:  Please also share this link to get more people to support the campaign.

    Photo:  Big Hearts Foundation

  • Bears caged next to a restaurant in Sochi could find sanctuary in Romania

    Bears caged next to a restaurant in Sochi could find sanctuary in Romania

    Two European brown bears have lived a miserable life for 20 years in a cage next to a restaurant in Sochi, Russia, where they are used to attract customers to the restaurant.  They are fed on scraps of food and their filthy cage is littered with bottles, plastic bags and food cartons.  Visitors have even fed the bears beer for amusement.

    This situation in Sochi (which achieved world fame for hosting the 2014 Olympics) resembles the one in Romania 10 years ago, before all the bears were rescued from cages outside gas stations and restaurants.  Those lucky bears were taken to the Libearty bear sanctuary in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and now the cruel practice of keeping bears for private entertainment in Romania is banned.

    The Libearty bear sanctuary is managed by the Romanian animal protection group called ASOCIATIA MILIOANE DE PRIETENI - AMP (Millions of Friends) and their President Cristina Lapis has now offered a space at the sanctuary for the bears from Sochi – if the Sochi authorities agree to confiscate the bears from their illegal and cruel caged life.

    The sanctuary has a 1.5 acre forest enclosure with a water pool, den and oak trees that is waiting for these bears.  All we need now is for the Sochi authorities to agree to let these bears be moved to the sanctuary – and the funds to do it.

    The AMP are working with the World Animal Protection and the Big Hearts Foundation to lobby the Russian authorities to rescue the bears from the cages.  The World Animal Protection are trying to raise the funds to move the bears from Russia to Romania (World Animal Protection ). 

    Any update on progress with this rescue operation will be reported here.

    You can read the full story of the Romanian bear sanctuary in the book – Bear Sanctuary, available at: