Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


A peaceful oasis for former bile bears

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is home to over 30 former bile bears. Before being introduced to their outdoor enclosures, each of the bears recovers in quarantine and are then brought to bear houses. After this adjustment period, each rescued bear is then released into the beautiful outdoors of the sanctuary. 

For bear cubs though, like Mi and Tam, their situation and recovery has been very different. They received round- the- clock care from our veterinary experts, which included bottle feedings with a special milk once every three hours! And since they first arrived at our sanctuary, they have grown much stronger. In May, they were released into an outdoor enclosure of their very own. You can read more about their story and recovery here.

The construction phase of BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh started in December 2016. Since then, six spacious outdoor enclosures have been created at the sanctuary, three bear houses with indoor dens, a quarantine station, a fully equipped veterinary unit, a feeding kitchen, and an administrative building.

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh currently offers suitable living conditions for up to 50 bears. With your help, we hope to expand this to 100 bears. 

In the meantime, additional bile bear rescue missions are being planned. Make sure to follow our social media channels and subscribe to our e-mail newsletter for important updates.

Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, as a security measure, our sanctuary is closed to the public until further notice. The safety of our visitors, staff, and animals is always our highest priority. During this time, we will continue to ensure that our animals are being provided with everything they need. We hope to open again very soon and apologize for any inconvenience. 

Visitors are invited to share their journey with family and friends by bringing them a gift from BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. The sanctuary's own shop sells environmental friendly and locally produced souvenirs. At BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, you can also enjoy traditional vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese dishes made with fresh, local ingredients at the onsite bistro.


Cuc Phuong - Bai Dinh road, Ky Phu commune
Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province, Vietnam
T.: + 84 (0) 229 366 6388 |

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Situation in Vietnam

Even though the production of bear bile and the trade of bear products is forbidden by law in Vietnam, bear bile farming and illegal bile extraction still exists.

The Vietnamese government has taken firm legislative steps to end bear farming in Vietnam, however, approximately 406 bears – mainly Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) – are still living under poor conditions on private bear farms. These animals suffer in tiny metal cages, spending their days in a vegetated state, half-starved and dehydrated.

With the newly built BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS aims to contribute significantly to end bear farming in Vietnam.

The sanctuary supports the Vietnamese government's efforts to prohibit bear bile farming by providing a species- appropriate place for any confiscated, or voluntarily handed over, bears to be taken in and cared for. Our dedicated staff are wholeheartedly committed to helping each and every bear recover.

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