Bears have had a tough time of it in Romania. For years, they have been hunted as trophies, forced to dance in the streets for strangers, made to cycle around circuses and beg outside hotels. Kept in cramped conditions and regularly abused by their owners, these bears are now being rescued and brought to Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary, just outside Brasov.
The sanctuary was opened in 2006 and volunteers have been part of these rescued bears’ recoveries ever since. The sanctuary is now home to over 70 bears, providing them with a green and peaceful haven in which to live, in a setting as close to the wild as possible.
Working closely with the full time staff at the sanctuary, volunteers become part of this ongoing rescue story to bring more bears to safety. In May 2019, I will be travelling to Romania to volunteer for a week to assist with this incredible project in the fight against animal abuse.
Any additional funds raised from this project will be donated directly to World Animal Protection.