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Male Spectacled Bear, Tupak was one amongst several hundred animals in need of a new home when the city of Buenos Aires decided to close its zoo and convert it to an Ecopark due to the antiquated and inhumane conditions in which the animals were living. Tupak lived his entire life in a decades-old concrete grotto enclosure, often spending his days begging for food from guests. The Wild Animal Sanctuary happily agreed to take him and two other Bears when asked by the zoo, and now these three unique Bears reside in a 250-acre Bear habitat at The Wild Animal Refuge where they live in the most natural space possible!

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Our most recent rescue, and one of several international endeavors in 2022, the Ukraine Lions had been living at the Bio Park Zoo in Odessa, a southern port in Ukraine severely impacted by the Russian-Ukraine war and invading Russian military forces. The big cats were urgently relocated when the war first broke by a convoy that journeyed over 600 miles across Ukraine and Moldova, until arriving in Targu Mures, Romania. The Targu Mures Zoo provided a much needed temporary home for the animals for several months so that an emergency travel permit could be attained to allow for the eleven lions to board an international rescue flight. From the rescued group of big cats, seven adult lions and two cubs have new forever homes at The Wild Animal Refuge and The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

A wonderful way to help the animals. Learn more about our adoptions program. 

Learn more about their recent journey to The Wild Animal Refuge.

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For years, twenty-two Moon Bears, more formally known as Asiatic Black Bears, had been living at a breeding farm in South Korea that used the Bears in gallbladder and bile extraction processes. These Bears spent their entire lives subjected to the horrific practice of farming bile; a popular ingredient used in many traditional Asian medicines. Following an announcement to ban the practice by the South Korean government, the Korean Animal Welfare Association reached out to the The Wild Animal Sanctuary to request assistance with saving the Bears. In early 2022, the Bears were flown half way around the world from Seoul, South Korea to Los Angeles International Airport where they were cleared by U.S. wildlife officials and then transported by special carrier to The Wild Animal Refuge. These Bears will now live out the rest of their lives together in a natural 234-acre habitat.

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