The Worbis Alternative Bear Park is located in Eichsfeld, Thuringia. It is called “alternative”, because the animals living here came from poor, non-humane circumstances. The project was initiated in 1996 by Aktion Bärenhilfswerk e.V. on the site of the former municipal zoo. Today, eight brown bears, one black bear, four American timber wolves and two European grey wolves have a new, natural habitat on 5 hectares of predominantly beech forest (as of 05.03.2019).
With 60,000 visitors per year, the project is not only a tourist highlight of the region, but also contributes to a better understanding of the large predators bear and wolf as well as the necessity of animal, nature and species protection with its numerous guided tours, adventure and educational programmes.
Picture credits: Alternative Bärenpark Worbis