A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to go near Brasov, Romania, to visit the bear sanctuary in Zarnesti.

Beautiful Brasov

I was a little skittish, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.

The sanctuary is on a beautiful secluded location, and is spread on the 69 hectares of oak forest. IMG_6464

The place is huge! There are 95 european brown bears that were saved from nightmarish conditions. Hearing their stories, and seeing them enjoying the new life is a pretty emotional experience.

Bath time!
There’s also a wolf who was kept as a pet, until it couldn’t be handled anymore. He now lives with his bear friend in the sanctuary.
They love to take baths in the pool!

If you’re even in the Brasov area of Romania, I strongly reccomend visiting this place. The entry fee helps the association take care of the bears and you get to see the actual bears enjoying life!

More info here.