In November 2010, when it became illegal to keep bears privately, we reacted immediately, offering the government our support in finding a species-appropriate area for these “restaurant bears”. According to the research conducted by our experts, fifteen brown bears were being kept under such miserable conditions in Kosovo at this time. Thankfully, our negotiations led to quick results; a contract was entered, which authorised FOUR PAWS as the only organisation to keep brown bears in Kosovo. Moreover, an agreement with the capital city, Prishtina, granted us the cost-free utilisation of a sixteenhectare forest area.
We gained a great amount of knowledge from our other bear projects in Germany, Austria and Bulgaria, which we incorporated into the new BEAR SANCTUARY in Prishtina.
The construction plans for a bear house with an adjoining outer area are in full swing and nearly completed. In the next few months it will be added to another large area with a swimming pools and caves for the bears’ winter hibernation. We also plan to construct an international animal and nature protection centre.
Bear Sanctuary Phristina