Until recently, tourists visiting Eastern Europe might have come across a miserable captive bear on display outside a restaurant or made to ‘dance’. Luckily, these cruel practices have at last been banned. However, these abused bears can’t simply be returned to the wild. They are too damaged and inexperienced to survive there.
With this in mind, the wildlife organisation WSPA has set up a dedicated bear sanctuary on the outskirts of Brasov, Romania. Here the bears can be restored to health and enjoy relative freedom in large expanses of woodland. It’s so uplifting to see them back in a natural environment after their ordeal. This project is a must for any bear lover who wants to get close to these beautiful creatures and lend a hand.
You will be an active member of the team, helping the full time staff with various day-to-day tasks. The sanctuary has over 70 bears, so there’s always a lot to do. The main jobs include chopping up food, feeding the bears, monitoring their behaviour and helping with visitor tours. There might also be the chance to observe veterinary procedures or see the arrival of a new rescued bear. The bears aren’t the only highlight. The sanctuary is based in beautiful woodland in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. There’s a real sense of ‘getting away from it all’ in this special place.