"Libearty" is a Bear Sanctuary is a place of shelter and protection where bears rescued from years of suffering in captivity can live out their lives in a natural forest habitat. Large forested sanctuary enclosures, surrounded by protective fences, provide the bears with a safe forest environment allowing them to display natural behaviors such as foraging for food, swimming in pools, climbing trees and even hibernation.
The Libearty bear sanctuary is based in the oak forests above the town of Zarnesti in central Transylvania is now open to visitors.
The Sanctuary has guides to show round groups of visitors and you can see the rescued bears enjoying life in the forested sanctuary areas.
There are specific times during the morning that a guided tour starts. Please make sure that you arrive on time for it if you want t see bears. bears go to sleep during the afternoon. please note that, according to the sanctuary's website: it's important to know that
The "Libearty" Bears sanctuary is NOT a zoo!
Children under 5 will be allowed in the Sanctuary ONLY AFTER one of the parents signs a commitment.
The features of the road do not allow the access with baby strollers!
Groups larger than 15 visitors need to book in advance.
for more information regarding a visit- please see:
AMP (The bear sanctuary) and the Dog Shelter Triaj are always in need of the help of volunteers! Do you like animals? We welcome you to come and work with our dogs at the Dog Shelter.
Do you like taking photos? Or maybe you can translate between English, German, French, or Romanian?
AMP would also appreciate your help in the office. Of course, you will meet the animals as well!
In your time off you’ll find plenty to do in Brasov and the surrounding area. Romania has beautiful scenery, with ski resorts, impressive castles and historic towns. Our volunteers have really enjoyed this under-visited part of Europe.
for more information and applying for volunteering - please see:
The bears are rescued from a life of captivity in small cages where they have been kept as pets or curiosities, or from run-down zoos. Bear sanctuaries also care for bears rescued from the illegal dancing bear trade and the cruel bear farming industry in Asia.
In 1998 a Romanian woman, Cristina Lapis, saw 3 bears in a small cage outside a restaurant in central Romania where they were used to attract customers. She later found more bears used in a similar way in other areas of the country. Her dream was to rescue these distressed animals and to change public attitudes to stop this cruel and illegal exploitation of one of Romania’s magnificent native animals.
Now that dream is being realised, with over 70 bears enjoying a new life in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary – 70 hectares of oak and hazel forest in the Carpathian Mountains above the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti.
Here, the bears climb trees, swim in the pools and forage on the vegetation. For many of them, having been caught from the wild as cubs, this is a new and stimulating experience.
The Romanian bear sanctuary has helped to create better awareness of the issues affecting bears in Romania. The Romanian public, media and also the authorities have now taken this project to their hearts. The sanctuary has given new life to once-captive bears and is a symbol of optimism for the protection of Romania’s rich natural environment.