For captive bears in Romania, life is full of terrible suffering.
Kept in small, barren cages, these bears are unable to engage in natural behaviors, such as climbing trees and swimming. Many have been illegally captured and used as tourist attractions – spending decades in unnatural, cramped surroundings with terrible diets.
In partnership with Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni (AMP), WSPA is working to rescue these bears and permanently end the illegal captivity of bears in Romania.
With the support of WSPA donors, AMP has already rescued 60 bears from cruel conditions. These animals are now free to climb trees, roam through woods, swim in pools and hibernate in natural dens - often for the first time in their lives - at the WSPA-funded Romanian Sanctuary.
Approximately 25 bears are still in need of rescue in Romania – unfortunately, the sanctuary currently doesn’t have space for any of these animals.
Before we can bring an end to the cruel captivity of Romania’s bears, we must first build a final enclosure to give them the space they need to live in freedom, peace and safety.
During this important time, the support of WSPA donors is crucial to ensuring we can rescue the 25 bears who still need our help.