Bear sanctuary

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Established in 2005, occasionally open to the public in 2008, located in the forest on the hill at the entrance in Zarnesti city, 2 km from national Park Piatra Craiului, on the road 73A Rasnov – Zarnesti – Sibiu in the former military camp, Zarnesti Libearty with an area of 69 hectares is the first nature reserve for captive bears in Romania.
The $ 1.5 million needed funding has been obtained from donations from animal lovers worldwide.
Libearty bear Sanctuary was created in memory of Maya and is today home to many European brown bears and a black bear all being saved from a life of captivity cruel and abusive.
Reserve covers an area of 69 acres of lush forest, streams and ponds located within Zarnesti city at the foot of the Carpathians, near the city of Brasov. Currently the number of bears is around 100.
Most of the reservation bears were rescued from the misery and tiny cages used entertainment for restaurants, hotels, factories, gas stations, circuses or monasteries.
Some of the bears have come to the reservation after Romania’s EU accession led to the closure of most deplorable zoos in the country.

Bear Sanctuary schedule and prices :


Bear Sanctuary schedule and prices :
Summer schedule: (may 1st – october 31) – from tuesday to sunday, visit begins at 9h00, 10h00 and 11h00
Winter schedule: (november 1st – april 30) – from tuesday to sunday, visit begins at 11h00 and 12h00
Starting April 1st 2018, The “Millions of Friends“Association will adjust the ticket prices for the animal lovers who want to visit the sanctuary.
From Tuesday to Friday
• The ticket for an adult will cost 45 lei.
• The price for children over five years old will be 15 lei.
• Students that are not 25 years old yet will pay 25 lei.
În weekend
• The ticket for an adult will cost 55 lei.
• The price for children over five years old will be 20 lei.
• Students that are not 25 years old yet will pay 30 lei.
This adjustment was determined by the increase of the price for utilities and food of the bears and of the taxes that we need to pay to the authorities.

Appointments and information:
Phone numbers:
+40 722 533 895 +40 268 471 202 (09 am to 04 pm) or
Mail Address: or
The Libearty sanctuary does not receive any public funds!
For safety reasons, for the smooth running of the visits and for the welfare of the bears, children under 5 will not be allowed in the Libearty Bear Sanctuary.
The features of the road do not allow the access with strollers!
The access in the sanctuary with any kind of camera is charged with extra 50 lei, except the special tours for professional photographers.
For the film crews that want to record for documentaries, the price is 200 euros/hour.
The students DO NOT benefit of the special price after the age of 25!
Groups larger than 15 visitors need to book in advance.
The price of the tickets for children is also valid for students, ONLY if they present a relevant student card/document and if they are under 25 years old.
Free – IF accompanying chaperone gives evidence that the group is currently being accompanied by the teacher (certificate from the school or any official papers) in the limit of one teacher for 10 children. Each additional teacher should pay the price of a ticket for children.
The chaperones that are not teachers should pay a ticket for children, in the limit of one chaperone to 10 children. Over this number, each chaperone that is not a teacher has to buy a ticket for adults.
Private guide
Take the pressure off your tour, with a small group! The groups that make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance by phone – +40 268 471 202 and +40 722.533.895, from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM, or by e-mail (; can chose a private guide, for 150 euros/group + the ticket price.
Tours for professional photographers
The professional photographers’ groups may benefit from a dedicated guide for an extra fee of 150 euros/group+35 euros/photographer, at 9.00 or 10.00 AM. Thus, they have the chance to climb the special platform for photographers and take the best pictures in a two hour tour.
The VIP tour starts at 9.00, during the summer program, or 10.00 AM, in the winter. It lasts two hours and a half and includes a visit to the first teddy bear museum in Romania, the bunker from where the bears may be observed in the middle of their enclosure and a dedicated platform from where the bears can be admired and photographed.
The VIP tour cost includes the private guide fee of 150 euros/group + a tax of 50 euros/person. In order to book a VIP tour, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance, either by phone – +40 268 471 202 and +40 722.533.895, from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM, or by e-mail (;
20 lei / adult
10 lei / child
The train has only 23 seats!
The train tour is available for a minimum of seven adult guests.
From Tuesday to Friday, the train tour is available ONLY for groups that make an appointment at least two days before. On Saturday and Sunday, the train tour is available only for the 10.00 and 11.00 AM tours.
To chaperones that benefit from free entrance do not have to pay for the train tour – one chaparone for 10 children!
Visiting rules
This is not a zoo!
It is the bears’ forest and so please respect that!
Do not throw food to the bears!
Please switch off your mobile as the noise can disturb the bears!
Do not use camera flash as it can frighten the bears.
Do not eat or drink in front of the bears! It is impolite!
Do not leave rubbish on the ground in the forest.
Do not approach the electric fence – it is dangerous!
Stay together, follow the guide and patiently listen our stories!
Do not make any noise!
In that way the bears will know that you are their friends!

Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti Romania Interior of Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti Romania

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