Western Europe's largest bear sanctuary is currently home to 12 brown bears rescued from zoos, circuses and private homes. Bears that have lived in captivity cannot be reintroduced to the wild - they are too dependent on humans and would not survive in the wild.
The BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz, a FOUR PAWS animal welfare project, offers an alternative for such bears. They can revert to their animal instincts and enjoy their natural behavioural patterns. They can roam around the enclosure, withdraw to be in seclusion, excavate caverns and hollows, bathe in the pond or also rediscover their natural winter state of semi-hibernation.