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A new home for two Croatian zoo bears

FOUR PAWS will support the Kuterevo Bear Refuge in Croatia with money and expertise to build a new enclosure to accommodate two bears from the municipal zoo in Split. For many years, the zoo has received criticism for the way it keeps brown bears and other animals. A change in the city’s government has finally brought a new readiness to significantly improve conditions, and to hand over the bears to the sanctuary. If the construction work goes to plan, the two bears from Split will be able to move into their new enclosure in Kuterevo Bear Sanctuary in spring 2015.

The two bears will move into their new species-appropriate enclosure at Bear Refuge Kuterevo in spring 2015.

Kuterevo Bear Refuge was build to raise orphaned bears in an environment that closely resembles a bear's natural habitat. The refuge was founded in 2002 by the “Velebitska Udruga Kuterevo” association.

FOUR PAWS works on bear keeping ban

It is intended that Kuterevo Bear Refuge will be expanded with more enclosures in the future to enable the sanctuary to house Croatia’s last remaining bears in private hands. For these bears to be rescued, the Croatian government must first put in place the necessary legislation. Therefore, FOUR PAWS is also working on the political level to end the private keeping of bears in Croatia.