Arrival of bears Sam and Jamila at Arosa Terre des Ours scheduled for May 20, 2022

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Arrival of bears Sam and Jamila at Arosa Terre des Ours scheduled for May 20, 2022

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The bears Sam and Jamila arrive at Arosa Terre des Ours on May 20, 2022

Arosa, May 12, 2022 – Things get serious for the Arosa Terre des Ours and FOUR PAWS teams; the final preparations for the transfer of the bears from northern Macedonia to Graubünden are underway. Sam and Jamila’s journey – these are the names of the two new residents of the Arosa Land of Bears – is scheduled to begin on May 18, 2022. The 18-year-old brother and sister, from Skopje Zoo, will be transported from 6 p.m. Northern Macedonia to the picturesque mountain village of Arosa in Graubünden. They will cross several borders on board a vehicle specially equipped for wildlife. Sam and Jamila are expected to arrive in Arosa on Friday, May 20, 2022, after traveling approximately 2,100 km. A new life awaits them at the Arosa Terre des Ours, the first bear sanctuary in Switzerland located in the heart of the mountains.

Transfer by land and water

A BEAR FOREST team from Belitsa (FIRE PAWS Bulgaria) will arrange the transfer. Alexandra Mandoki, director of FOUR PAWS Switzerland says: “Sam and Jamila will be transferred in a van specially designed for wild animals; we call it ‘bear ambulance’. It is in this vehicle that the experienced specialists have already transported Napa The bear from Serbia to Arosa In addition, a veterinarian specializing in wildlife and caretakers will accompany the transport and continuously monitor the well-being of the two bears.

The bear ambulance departs from northern Macedonia on Wednesday 18 May 2022 and first travels to Greece to officially join the EU. The airline will then take a ferry from the Greek port of Igoumenitsa to reach Bari in Italy before being sent to Switzerland by road. The trip is about 2,100 km. If all goes as planned, the team will reach Arosa on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Current bear conditions

The enclosure of the zoo in Skopje, which is reserved for bears, is in great need of renovation, and the zoo wants to start the transformation work as soon as possible to improve the conditions for detention. However, this is not possible given the current number of bears. Therefore, zoo officials asked FIRE PASTER to permanently care for two of their four animals, an 18-year-old male bear and his sister of the same age. As this measure would significantly improve the lives of the four bears, the World Animal Welfare Organization has declared itself ready to welcome the brother and sister.

Sam and Jamila were brought to Skopje Zoo when they were still very young and have lived there ever since. They are kept separately in two enclosures of a few hundred square meters. Although these facilities have natural land and vegetation, there is generally little diversity and possession for the residents. Also, bears do not always have access to water; the pools are not waterproof. The maintenance of the facilities is also very difficult due to the defective closing system between the various enclosures. These current conditions are also the reason for the transfer of the two animals, as this is the only way for the zoo to improve the situation for all bears.

Arosa Terre des Ours offers a new home for bears from poor restraint conditions

The Arosa Terre des Ours refuge is located in the heart of the picturesque Graubünden Mountains. Since August 2018, Arosa, in collaboration with FOUR PAWS, has managed this bear reserve, which covers an area of ​​2.8 hectares. Bears that are not kept in conditions that are consistent with their species will find a new home there. At an altitude of about 2,000 meters, the Arosa Terre des Ours offers the right conditions for a life that meets the needs of the species. Pascal Jenny, chairman of the “Arosa Bären” Foundation, says: “The team at Arosa Terre des Ours, a scientifically controlled refuge, is paying particular attention to the conditions under which the animals are kept. After their transfer, Sam and Jamila will face many new challenges amidst the natural mountain landscape and finally living a life according to their needs.

The Arosa Terre des Ours also benefits from the support of key partners during the transportation and arrival of new residents. The Zurich-based NapaWine company is pleased to continue to support the Arosa Terre des Ours and, above all, to commit to the protection of animals. She therefore decided to sign a new sponsorship for the bear Sam. This case, which is close to our hearts, gets a new push thanks to the arrival of Sam. Yet another bear will have the chance to live an almost different life in respect of its species in the magnificent nature of Arosa. We are proud to make a significant contribution to this project, ”says Gregor Greber from NapaWine.

background information

One of the priorities of the FOUR PAWS ‘#saddestbears initiative is to improve the situation of captive bears in Central and Eastern Europe. In recent years, FOUR PAWS has implemented bear rescue projects and rescued bears and big cats in countries such as Ukraine, Albania, Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. FOUR PAWS plans to intensify its work to protect wildlife in this European region and to help bears and big cats in need in northern Macedonia. With the rescue of the illegally detained brown bear Teddy and its transport to BJØRNESKOVEN in Belitsa (the former DANCE BEAR PARK in Belitsa) in 2020, FOUR PAVERS have already taken the first steps towards ending an unlawful detention in Northern Macedonia. In close collaboration with actors such as the zoo, FOUR PAWS wants to continue this work in the future to sustainably improve the protection of bears and big cats in captivity in the country.

QUATRE PATTES est l’organisation mondiale de protection des animaux sous influence humaine directe, qui révèle leurs souffrances, sauve les animaux en détresse et les protège. Fondée en 1988 à Vienne par Heli Dungler et des amis, l'organisation plaide pour un monde où les humaines traitent les animaux avec respect, compassion et compréhension. Les campagnes et projets durables se concentrent sur les chiens et chats errants ainsi que sur les animaux de compagnie, les animaux de rente et les animaux sauvages – tels que les ours, les grands félins et les orangs-outans – vivant dans de mauvaises conditions de détention ainsi que dans les zones de catastrophe et de conflit. Avec des bureaux en Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, Kosovo, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suisse, Thaïlande, Ukraine, USA et Vietnam ainsi que des refuges pour animaux en détresse dans onze pays, QUATRE PATTES fournit une aide rapide et des solutions durables. La Fondation est en outre un partenaire d'Arosa Terre des Ours, le premier refuge en Suisse qui offre aux ours sauvés de mauvaises conditions de détention un environnement adapté à l’espèce.


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