Wildwood is launching is biggest ever charity appeal – to raise £50,000 to rescue two brown bears from horrendous living conditions and give them a safe happy home in our woodland wildlife park.
The bears are currently kept in small, barren concrete pits in an abandoned bear breeding centre called Kormisosh, in Bulgaria. Kormisosh was used to breed bears to be shot by hunters until 1993 when bear hunting was outlawed. As a result, Kormisosh was abandoned, leaving the bears to a life of misery and neglect.
The bears receive only basic care and a sub-standard diet of dried porridge. They have never been outside of their concrete pens, have never seen a tree or walked on grass, and with no mental stimulus they are in danger of losing their minds.
Wildwood is working in partnership with Alertis; a bear welfare foundation based in the Netherlands which works to protect and rehome mistreated and neglected bears. Alertis runs projects to protect bears around the world and works to find them suitable homes free from neglect and abuse. Alertis is currently monitoring the bears at Kormisosh until Wildwood raises the funds to bring them to their new home.
A new life at Wildwood
We desperately need to raise £50,000 to rehome the Kormisosh bears. This sum includes the cost of building the new enclosure, transporting the bears, vets' fees and rehabilitation programmes to give them a safe, happy and fulfilling life at Wildwood.
We urgently need your donation to help us provide:
- A new 16,000 sq ft near-natural enclosure.
- Safe transportation of the bears from Bulgaria to Wildwood.
- First-rate health care & rehabilitation programmes.
- Enrichment programmes to stimulate the bears' curious nature.
- Specially designed diet that meets all of their nutrtional needs.
- A chance for the bears to learn and display their natural behaviour.
The Wildwood Trust
Tel: 01227 712 111
Registered charity no. 1093702