Bear Sanctuary Arbesbach
The sanctuary’s plants have remained intact where possible, with spruce and oaks. Fruit bushes have been planted in the visitor areas as decoration and to show what the bears eat. The natural landscape allows the bears extensive digging, playing and hunting for insects.
There are several enclosures, and the bears move frequently to keep the environment interesting. Artificial caves (for hibernation) and ponds for swimming have been created in the enclosures.
The bear sanctuary has focused on behaviour enrichment. The link here includes fine photographs and descriptions of the various methods used. These examples are also applicable to other animals.
In the visitor’s centre, one can hear about the bears and also about the terrible circumstances to which some bears are exposed. The work of Four Paws is, of course, also explained.