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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Bear Sanctuary Publications (30 Aug. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 095677850X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956778505
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bear Sanctuary is a factual account of the rescue and care of captive bears in Romania and the creation of a forest bear sanctuary to give them a safe, natural environment where they can live out their remaining years. The book describes how the bears were rescued from a lifetime of suffering in small cages and run-down zoos, the veterinary care they received and how they learned to live like bears again in large forested areas where they are free to climb trees, swim in the water pools and even hibernate in natural dens. The sanctuary is managed by a Romanian animal protection group and all the bears in their care have been legally confiscated by the Romanian authorities. The book also contains information about other bear sanctuaries around the world. Illustrated with over 100 photos. Further information at www.bearsanctuary.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Winton on 2 Oct. 2011
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BEAR Sanctuary by Victor Watkins
Review by Lesley Winton
Founder and Director of the Winton Foundation for the Welfare of Bears

This wonderful new book by Victor Watkins is a must read for all bear lovers and anyone interested in the care and well being of these majestic animals and the efforts to bring an end to the cruelty and abuse they are so often subjected to.

Victor has worked in the world of animal welfare for over 30 years and set up the world's first international campaign for bears in 1991, The Libearty Campaign. He has been at the forefront of efforts to help raise awareness of the plight of bears around the world and bring an end to such atrocities as bear baiting, bear farming and dancing bears.

Victor initiated the concept of the bear sanctuary in 1992 and this has led to sanctuaries being built in Bulgaria, Thailand, Hungary, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, North America, Greece and Turkey. Before these sanctuaries were built, it was almost impossible for the authorities to confiscate illegally held bears as there was nowhere for them to go.

`BEAR Sanctuary' focuses on the Libearty Bear Sanctuary, 70 hectares of oak and hazel forest in the Carpathian Mountains near Zarnesti in Romania. The building of this sanctuary has enabled the rescue of over 50 of the country's bears from dilapidated zoos, barren cages and miserable lives as captive, exploited bears.

It highlights the complexities involved in the `legal confiscation' of these bears, the paperwork required and the enforcement of the law in Romania which forbids the private keeping of wild animals, which until the building of the sanctuary, couldn't be enforced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PhilW on 5 Oct. 2011
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This is a great book for anyone interested in bears, wildlife or general animal welfare issues. The book's author, world renowned bear expert Victor Watkins, initially explains the concept of a bear sanctuary, a place where bears, rescued from years of suffering in captivity, can live out their lives in natural forest habitat. Watkins' engaging writing style draws the reader in as he tells the fascinating story of the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania, and how it came about through the ceaseless commitment of one very driven woman, a partnership between organizations and the strong support of a colourful mayor from a rural town in Central Romania. A remarkable story, the book details the challenges of such an extensive undertaking, and presents some of the amazing bear rescue stories. Having merely existed in small, baron enclosures for many years, it is truly touching to read the stories of the bears' first experiences back in a natural habitat, where they can freely roam and sniff grass and trees, easily adapting back to their natural environment. The book also discusses some of the other international issues affecting bears in captivity and in the wild, and the efforts being made by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and other organizations to alleviate their suffering and increase their protection. BEAR Sanctuary is an enjoyable read and would make an ideal gift. I definitely recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on 19 Oct. 2011
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Beautiful Book - sums up this book as both the photos and the story are stunning and inspirational. I have been privileged to go to the Sanctuary and I think Victor's book not only shares the Highs and lows of getting the sanctuary up and running but also gives you the chance to read about the bears who now live there.

Putting my favourite bear Max to one side for a minute, the story of these wild animals being held in cramped cages, where some couldn't even stand tall, being rescued and set free in one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the World is a 'must read' for anyone.

If that doesn't convince you Max's story will. Max is a very handsome dark brown bear who spent the first ten years of his life chained to a fence for tourists to take pictures - in fact you can still see the bent bar where he used to lean every day. Max was kept in a 4 metre square cage 10 mtrs from the fence and the only exercise he ever had was being dragged by a rope round his next to the fence. Cristina and her team rescued Max in 2007. However when he arrived at the sanctuary they discovered he was blind. They hoped it was cataracts and that a specialist opthamology team could help him...

Victor's book has the whole of max's storyand many of the other bears stories as well as information about bears around the world. Please buy a copy you won't regret it...Bear Sanctuary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flute on 17 April 2012
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This is a brilliant book telling the story of the plight of bears often cruelly confined in inappropriate settings and the amazing people dedicated to rescuing them and releasing them into man made sanctuarys particularly in Romania.
There is still much to do and funds are short so it is worth mentioning that a percentage of the cost of the book goes directly to the cause,thanks to Amazon.
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If you love bears and want to be inspired knowing that there are such wonderful people and organizations out there giving their all to free these bears from the horrid situations humans have put them in then you are going to love this book. Having rescued bears myself and having followed the work of Victor Watkins and 'bear Sanctuary for many years I would give him and their work 10 stars if it were available because the work they do is priceless and this book expresses the passion behind the rescues of these bears. Proud to finally have a copy of this book.
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