Picture above: One of the bears in its new home at Wildwood
Wildwood is delighted to announce that the Kormisosh bears have arrived safe and well at the park after being rescued from Bulgaria.
The two bears arrived on Wednesday night after a 1,600 mile journey from the remote mountain region of Bulgaria where they had lived in appalling conditions for their entire lives. The rescue went well and the bears are in good health considering their background.
To allow them time to settle in, the bears are not currently on public view. Since arriving they have been monitored round-the-clock by our expert team to ensure that they are comfortable in their new home. Only once we are satisfied that the bears are ready to be seen by the public will they be on display for visitors to view.
Peter Smith; Wildwood's CEO, who was at the rescue in Bulgaria, said: "Seeing the bears in such terrible conditions with my own eyes really brought home just how important this project is. We have been touched by the amazing generosity of our donors, members and supporters and would like to thank them all; it is thanks to them that the bears are safely with us." (Picture right: A bear at Kormisosh, Bulgaria)
THEIR RESCUE IS JUST THE START
But this is not the end of the story. In fact, the arrival of the bears at Wildwood is just the start of their journey to recovery which will require even more time, money and dedication to achieve.
Due to the extremely high costs of looking after animals such as bears, Wildwood has taken a staggered approach to their rescue and rehabilitation. After raising the initial £50,000 needed to rescue the animals and build their quarantine enclosure, the Trust now needs to raise even more money to give them the happy, healthy lives they so desperately need.
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WHAT NEXT FOR THE BEARS?
The bears will now be quarantined for four months in their specially built quarantine enclosure. During this time Wildwood will need to raise the money to build their woodland enclosure and provide them with much-needed facilities for their rehabilitation after years of neglect.
We still have a long way to go…
The ambitious plans for the woodland enclosure
The quarantine area is situated within the much larger woodland enclosure, which will be the bears' eventual home. In this huge area the bears will be free to play and explore and to learn to display their natural behaviour after being denied such opportunities since birth. We still face the mammoth task of fencing this area and preparing the woodland to ensure it will be a suitable home for the bears.
A bear enjoying a swim. Your donation will help build them a large running water feature
The bears have never experienced a natural environment and therefore do not know how to behave like bears. They have never been able to climb, swim or play which has left them weak and in need of physical exercise. We desperately need to raise money to provide them with essential features in their enclosure such as a large running water feature and climbing frames.
An example of an enrichment item, which will be used to stimulate the bears' minds
After living in such awful, barren conditions, the bears may be suffering with mental health problems or may be prone to stress. We need to ensure that their mental health is closely monitored and to provide activities to stimulate their curious minds. With your help we will provide specially designed enrichment programmes and tools which will keep the bears' minds busy and engaged.
An example of a bear undergoing a dental check-up
The bears will require a host of costly healthcare both on arrival at Wildwood and in the years to come. They will need full health-checks, vaccinations and worming after arrival and may need many years of veterinary care depending on their physical and mental condition. The bears will also require extensive dental repairs to rebuild their crumbling teeth and closely controlled diets to allow their digestive systems to adapt to new foods.
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us to bring the bears to Wildwood, we could not have done it without your support and generosity. The bears are now safe, but we still need your help to give them the future they deserve.
Please will you donate and help us give these poor animals a happy, healthy life at Wildwood.