a new home at bear sanctuary Arbesbach

Since 1998, the BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach offers a lifelong home for brown bears rescued from bad keeping conditions. At the moment, the sanctuary covers an area of 1.4 hectares and provides a near-natural habitat for three bears. Find out more about the bears and our work and campaigns for other bears in distress.

Our bears

Meet our rescued bears and read their stories here

Help for bears in distress

FOUR PAWS rescues and protects bears from bad keeping conditions

brown bear kept on a leash


FOUR PAWS points out inappropriate conditions. Learn more about the suffering of the saddest bears

Bear in a cage

Help for Bears

Improving the living conditions of bears in captivity worldwide 

two bears touching each others noses

Our Standards of Care

An animal-friendly home

Bear Erich is relaxing on a tree trunk

Help our bears

We appreciate your support for our bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach!

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Learn more about bears

Bear Bodia

10 Facts About Brown Bears

Intriguing facts about Europe's largest predator

Bears sitting in snow

Brown Bear: Torpor or Hibernation?

How bears doze through the cold season – eating nothing for up to three months

Bear eating a tomato

Brown Bear: Food & Feeding Behaviour

Facts about bear's diet and foraging behaviour that might surprise you

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Bears Emma and Erich playing in the water

your visit to BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

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