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    If you want to get away from it all – take a snooze high up in a tree.  That’s what this lucky bear is doing in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania.   Over 60 bears have been rescued so far from small cages and poor zoos in Romania and they now live a life free of iron bars and concrete floors.  Now they have trees, huge water pools and best of all over 20 hectares of natural oak forest to explore in peace.

    These rescued bears now spend their days munching on the lush vegetation when not eating the fruit and veg given to them daily by the sanctuary staff.  They have time to splash in the pools and wander through the protected forest enclosures before looking for a comfortable place to take a rest.

    But another 20 or so bears will need to be rescued over the coming months to finally put an end to the cruel keeping of bears in small cages in Romania.  If you want to read how and why this bear sanctuary was created, why not buy the book -  Bear Sanctuary – either from this web site or from Amazon at: If you like the book please tell your friends and spread the word about the amazing work being done in Romania to protect bears from cruelty – and perhaps you could also write a review on the Amazon web site.

  • New Libearty bear sanctuary enclosure update.


    The Romanian bear sanctuary’s new 8 hectare forest enclosure is nearing completion. The entire perimeter fence has been put up and work is starting on the large fresh water pools and perimeter access roadways.  If all goes to plan the sanctuary will soon be able to start rescuing the remaining captive bears which are illegally held in private cages or in zoos that are unable to provide an adequate environment for their bears.

    The Romanian sanctuary, known locally as the Libearty Sanctuary, has recently brought in a new manager – Mr. Liviu Cioineag – who aims to use his past experience of working with the Romanian media to rescue the remaining captive bears and to create a public awareness campaign to prevent new bears from being caught from the wild and kept in illegal captivity.  Liviu is also working on some exciting new projects aimed at raising much-needed funds for the Libearty sanctuary.  They have a brand new web site and there is loads of new information about their rescued bears on their Bear Adoption pages – so please do take a look -

  • New bear enclosure under construction. June 2012

    Work is well underway at the Libearty bear sanctuary in Romania to build a third large forested enclosure.  This will provide the extra space needed to care for the remaining 20 or so bears still known to be kept in illegal captive conditions around the country.

    The sanctuary currently has just over 60 rescued brown bears living in large forested enclosures where they are able to live a more natural life after years of captivity in small cages.

    The new enclosure could be finished by September and will provide an additional 8 hectares of forest, including water pools and den areas for the rescued bears.  On completion of this new enclosure the sanctuary will then have a total of around 28 hectares of oak forest enclosed by protective fences for the bears to live in.

    As soon as the work is completed the bear sanctuary will work with the Romanian authorities to legally confiscate the remaining captive bears.  I will give an update here as soon as that work starts.

  • Trek to the bear sanctuary in Romania.

    If you would like to visit the Romanian bear sanctuary – and help the bears by doing so - you could join a sponsored Trek in Romania this September. 

    Walking up to 50 miles in 4 days through the stunning Carpathian mountains of Romania, visiting the famous Bran (Dracula) Castle and then spending a day at the Romanian bear sanctuary – this challenge is achievable for most people given some training and determination. If you embrace new experiences, enjoy new cultures and want to challenge yourself as well as help bears then this trek is for you.

    Since September 2007 over 100 people have taken part in WSPA’s Romanian Bear Adventure. The experience has been the experience of a lifetime for many of the trekkers.  For more information go to:

  • New cool white bear at Libearty Bear Sanctuary (February 2012)

    Most of the 60 rescued brown bears are still sleeping through their winter hibernation in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania, and the sanctuary has been covered with snow for the past couple of months.  But the sanctuary staff were pleased to see the arrival of a new bear recently – a large white one!  See the photo – the rare SnowBear (Ursus snowflakus) is the 61st bear to reside at the bear sanctuary, but being a winter visitor he will not be staying very long. Hopefully the SnowBear will revisit every year from now on.