Help nourish bears as they heal

Help feed the 97 bears who currently call the World Animal Protection supported Romanian sanctuary home

Cristi and Lydia endured so much. Once kept in a small, barren, concrete cage behind a restaurant to attract customers, they sat on the frozen concrete and ice in the harsh winters, and endured the painful heat that burned up the concrete in the summer. But thanks to caring, generous donors and our partner Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni (AMP), Cristi and Lydia now live in peace, free from suffering in the World Animal Protection supported Romanian bear sanctuary.

Did you know that just $33 can help nourish a bear recovering from a past of suffering with food vital for their recovery and long-term health? Join us with a donation that could help us provide essential, life-saving food to all 97 bears for one week. Please make a gift today, and when we reach our goal we will send you an “I’m a Buddy to Bears” thank you certificate to download.

How your gift makes a difference

  • Provide life-saving food

  • Give a rescued bear a nourishing meal

  • Provide safety and comfort

These rescued bears deserve to know a life free from suffering

Since 2005, World Animal Protection has worked with a local partner Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni (AMP) in creating Europe’s largest bear sanctuary. Located near Zarnesti in central Romania, the sanctuary was created to facilitate the legal confiscation of captive bears from poor welfare conditions with the aim of ending the illegal practice of keeping bears in private and cruel, captive conditions and ensuring the lifetime care of those bears. We are dedicated to saving the last remaining bears from horrendous suffering and bringing them to the peace and safety of the sanctuary. Feeding newcomers and long-term residents is a priority for their initial recovery and continued health. And you can help. Just $33 can feed a bear for one week, or $132 could provide vital nourishment for an entire month. Help us reach our goal of feeding all the 97 sanctuary residents for one week. 

Watch how Samy's life has been transformed from suffering to freedom and enjoyment at the Romanian bear sanctuary.

Video by: World Animal Protection
Victor Watkins is an acclaimed zoologist and has dedicated his life to protecting bears all over the working closely with the World Animal Protection funded bear sanctuary in Romania.
Photo by: AMP
Sixteen year-old Marinel, a male brown bear, was rescued from a zoo in southern Romania after years of campaigning by our partner Asociatia Milioane de Prieteni (AMP) and brought to the Romanian bear sanctuary. Pictured: Marinel explores his new found freedom and some tasty treats.