20 rescued bears live in their new home at bear sanctuary prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina is located 20 km from the capital of Kosovo near the village of Mramor. The land allocated for the sanctuary by the Municipality of Prishtina covers an area of 16 hectares. 

Currently, approximately 10 hectares have been developed and provide a near-natural habitat and lifelong home to brown bears formerly kept as restaurant bears in Kosovo and Albania. Three of the bears, now living here, were bought when they were only a few weeks old and kept illegally as pets by Kosovo families. 

They were discovered and confiscated by the Kosovo police and transferred to BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina in spring 2014. Here, the bears have the chance to live under professional supervision and in an environment suited to their species. 


Meet our 20 rescued bears and read their stories here.

Our Work for Bears

Rescue of brown bear Luna

Help for Bears

Improving the living conditions of bears in captivity worldwide

 Brown bears Ema, Ron and Oska

Our Standards of Care




Our Campaign to save the saddest bears


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Bear is sitting in the grass

Brown Bear: Way of Life & Offspring

A year in the life of a brown bear in the wild – from mating to winter sleep

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10 Facts about Brown Bears

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Bear eating a tomato

Brown Bear: Food & Feeding Behaviour

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

  • 20

    rescued bears have found a home at our sanctuary

  • 16 hectars

    of freedom for mistreated bears

  • 2013

    Our sanctuary has been open to visitors since May 2013

  • Food & Drink

    We offer drinks and food to visitors