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  • Museum of Teddy Bears at the Libearty bear sanctuary

    Libearty Teddy Bear Museum - Romania

    A new teddy bear museum will be opening in Romania later this year – at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in central Transylvania.  The bear sanctuary is now home to 80 rescued brown bears where they live a peaceful life in an amazing forested sanctuary after being rescued from terrible captive conditions in old and dirty cages.

    Now the sanctuary is open to visitors who come to see the bears and to learn about their stories.  Schools also send classes so the children can learn about wildlife protection and animal welfare.

    As part of the visitor experience the sanctuary is now creating a museum of teddy bears which will be housed in the main building of the bear sanctuary. This will include teddy bears in National costume from many countries and also some exceptional bears made by specialist teddy bear makers from around the world.

    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 rescued bears eat over a tonne of food every day – so it is an expensive business to care for all the bears.

    So watch this space for news of the Libearty Teddy Bear Museum in Romania.

    If you are a Teddy Bear maker why not make a bear or choose one from your collection to donate to the new museum?  Or if you can find a teddy bear in the National costume of your country (often on sale at airports), or with something on it to symbolise your country – that bear could also be displayed at the museum.  If you are interested in donating a teddy bear for the museum please contact us at .

    You can also read the full story of the rescued bears in the book – Bear Sanctuary, available at: .  

  • Bears in the snow

    2014 was a busy year for everyone working at the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania.  During the year more bears were rescued from cruel and illegal captive conditions in Romania and they are now spending their first winter in the freedom of the forest sanctuary where they can experience snow on their backs and paws while walking freely through the forest sanctuary. They can sleep in a warm earth den after eating a good meal of fruit and vegetables which the sanctuary workers give the bears each day.

    There are now 80 rescued bears living in the Romanian bear sanctuary – but there are still a few more to rescue in 2015.

    If you want to give someone a special present for 2015 – why not give them a bear adoption?  See: to adopt one of the Romanian rescued bears and get an adoption certificate for a friend.  You can also get the book – Bear Sanctuary as a gift, and maybe this year you could even make a visit to the Libearty bear sanctuary to see the bears enjoying their freedom. 

  • Two bears moved from Spanish rescue centre to Hungarian bear sanctuary.

    Bear relaxing in Hungary bear sanctuary.


    Two elderly bears, sisters Laica and Mel, were recently moved from a caged area in a wildlife rescue centre in northern Spain to the large open grassy bear sanctuary in the town of Veresegyhaz in Hungary.

    Laica and Mel were born at the Spanish rescue centre after their parents were rescued from a circus in the late 1990’s, but the two female European brown bears spent the remaining 18 years in a large cage at the centre until the Catalonian government decided to find a better home for the bears.

    The bear sanctuary in Hungary agreed to take them and in September 2014 the bears finally had the chance to mix with the 30 other rescued bears at the sanctuary. Spanish group FAADA and Hungarian group White Cross helped with the move and the World Animal Protection funded the transport which was undertaken by Spanish company called ZooTransfer.  The bears were placed in transport cages and travelled 24 hours by road to reach the sanctuary.

    Laica and Mel had never been able to swim in fresh water or climb trees and mix with other bears but now, at last, they can spend their remaining years relaxing in the grassy meadows of the sanctuary and joining the other rescued bears playing in the large water pools.

    Too many bears are still kept in cages throughout Europe, where they spend their lives sitting on concrete without any chance of even touching grass or trees.  Mel and Laica are the lucky ones and hopefully a few more bears could be moved from similar caged conditions to the Hungarian sanctuary in the coming months.

    The story of the Hungarian bear sanctuary can be found in the book Bear Sanctuary:

  • Libearty Bear Sanctuary – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

    Libearty Bear Sanctuary – TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

    The Libearty bear sanctuary has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the travel website TRIPADVISOR, signifying that it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers who have visited the bear sanctuary in Romania. 

    Read some of the comments from visitors to the sanctuary at:


    If you want to visit the sanctuary take a look at the Libearty sanctuary website at:

    Or why not take a challenge and make a trek through the Carpathian Mountains with the chance to visit the bear sanctuary and to raise funds for it.  For further details see:

  • Libearty Sanctuary Officially Opened

    Libearty Bear Sanctuary – officially opened in May 2014

    The Libearty bear sanctuary located in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Romania – was officially opened on May 14th 2014.  Work there has progressed since 2005 to create Europe’s largest bear sanctuary and today it has around 30 hectares of oak forested enclosures where 78 rescued bears live a free and happy life.

    The opening event was attended by Cristina Lapis (President of the AMP who manage the sanctuary) and Mike Baker (CEO of the WSPA who designed and financed most of the construction and running costs of the sanctuary).  Mayors from Zarnesti and Brasov as well as Ministers from the Romanian government came to give the sanctuary its official opening.

    Romanian and foreign tourists can now visit the sanctuary to see the bears – see below if you want to make a visit. 

    The sanctuary has added attractions to make a visit an unforgettable experience – a tree-top observation platform, a small church (the only one in Romania which will hold animal blessings), a ‘bear-train’ to take you around the sanctuary and even a real North American Wigwam which will be used to host school children’s educational visits.

     There are still a few bears to rescue from illegal captivity in Romania and these will soon join the others for a peaceful life at the sanctuary.


    If you want to visit the sanctuary and see the bears for yourself, take a look at the sanctuary website at: .  The tours start each day from Tuesday to Sunday from 9, 10 and 11 AM. Please make your visiting reservations by calling the sanctuary main office in Brasov on: +40 268 471 202, or by email:

    You can also read the full story of the rescued bears in the book – Bear Sanctuary