Protecting mistreated bears in Kosovo

People

9

Money

EUR 300,000

Time

2 years

Organization

VIER PFOTEN Kosova (FOUR PAWS Kosova)

Location

Mramor, Prishtine

Kosovo

Protection level

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Achievements
  • Saved all 19 bears from captivity in Kosovo (bears were kept in small cages beside restaurants in Kosovo and Albania)
  • Help in rescuing 34 wild animals kept in captivity in Albania
  • 7 local people employed during the first 2 years + 27 others in years after
  • Benefit for 7 local farmers form food delivery for bears at the sanctuary
  • Awareness activities implemented in areas where bears are still living in the wild (Prizren)
Achievements, 2nd phase
  • Develop all the infrastructure with the accompanying facilities in an area of 10 ha for providing rescued bears with a proper care
  • Found the Environmental Education Centre “Thesaret e Natyrës” in 2018
  • 40,000 visitors in 2018
  • Around 8000 pupils/year visiting bear sanctiary and taking part in our education program
  • 2 projects (funded by U.S. Embassy) focused on environmental education implemented in cooperation with 4 local primary schools (400 pupils)
  • Support of local artists and manufacturers by selling their products in shop of the sanctuary
  • Accreditation by European Voluntary Service for hosting and coordinating projects with volunteers
  • 3 international work camps with volunteers implemented in cooperation with Civil Service International
  • 1 Short Term EVS implemented (13 international volunteers)
  • Around 200 local volunteers participated in different activities (clean up actions, protest, promotion activities)

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