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.