Is it a genuine wildlife sanctuary?

How to know if the sanctuary you want to visit is a genuine one that puts the animals' welfare first

Where did the animals come from?

A good sanctuary...

Does not take animals from the wild unless they are injured
Does not sell animals or animal parts
Does not breed animals unless they are being released into the wild
Doesn’t accept more animals under its care than it can humanely manage

What is the sanctuary’s purpose?

A good sanctuary...

Does not use wild animals for entertainment (rides, shows or tricks)
Does not keep wild animals to make a profit
Exists to rescue and help animals

How are the animals kept and cared for?

A good sanctuary...

Has properly trained staff that know how to care for all of the animals properly
Has veterinarians available at any hour to treat the animals that become sick or hurt

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Bears at Zarnesti bear sanctuary

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