Black bear in Popcorn Park Zoo, New Jersey, USA – a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife,animals & birds


Bear sanctuaries are places of protection where rescued wild bears and captive-bred bears can live out their lives in an enriched, safe environment which is made as similar to their natural habitats as possible.  Not all sanctuaries are zoos and not all zoos that keep captive bears are sanctuaries.

As you will discover throughout this website, wild bears and their habitats are under threat, chiefly from man’s activities, throughout the world.  In addition, all eight species of bear are kept in captivity in zoos, circuses, farms, wildlife parks, animal collections and also as pets.

There are many campaigns around the world seeking to protect bears from cruelty in the wild and in captivity, and a major means of doing this is to rescue of bears from illegal and cruel exploitation and place them in bear sanctuaries.

The first bear sanctuaries were created in Greece and Turkey in the early 1990s, enabling the authorities to eradicate the cruel and illegal dancing bear trade through the provision of a protected forest home for the rescued animals.  Bear sanctuaries have since been established in many counties around the world.


Bulgaria & Germany – Vier Pfoten –

Cambodia – Free the Bears Fund –

Canada – Bear With Us –

Canada – Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Cochrane, Ontario

China & Vietnam – Animals Asia Foundation –


Germany – Worbis bear sanctuary – &

Greece – Arcturos bear sanctuary –

Holland – Alertis –

Hungary – Bear Farm –

Malaysia – Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre –

India – Wildlife SOS Agra bear rescue facility –

Indonesia – KWPLH Sun Bear Centre –

Indonesia – BOS –

Pakistan – Bio-resource Research Centre –

Peru – Andean Bear Rescue Center –

Romania – AMP –

USA – Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Centre –

USA – Appalachian Bear Rescue –

USA – Bears Education Awareness Research Sanctuary (B.E.A.R.S.) –

This is not an exhaustive list; if you know of a bear sanctuary that is not included above, please get in touch and let us know





Page updated 05 August 2019