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Spatenstich für das Arosa Bärenland
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The history of the arosa bear sanctuary

From the idea in 2010 to now

July 2010

Tourism Director Pascal Jenny begins looking for new and appealing projects more than eight years ago and comes upon the bears idea.

Autumn 2010

Arosa receives a sizeable sum as a legacy, which is earmarked for the Arosa Bear Sanctuary project.

July 2011

The civic authority of Arosa opposes the provision of the “Bärabad” site for the creation of a bear park. The project group examines alternative locations.

November 2012

The animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS contacts the Arosa Tourist Office and expresses an interest in collaborating on the Arosa Bear Park project.

2013 / 2014

Various locations and concepts are investigated, and the “perfect” location is evaluated.

June 2015

The civic authority of Chur approves the use of the perimeter next to the intermediate station of the Weisshorn cableway for the Arosa Bear Sanctuary.

November 2016

The Arosa Bear Sanctuary receives a resounding yes from the population of Arosa. With 78% in favour and a very high turnout, the anticipation following a flawless information and voting campaign is palpable everywhere.

December 2016

Work in the background continues. The “Arosa Bears” Foundation is established and the planning application (enclosure, shelter and visitor installations) is drawn up.

April 2017

Further experience elements (bear playground, edutainment, bear events, etc.) are developed for the Arosa Bear Sanctuary. This is done with the aim of positioning Arosa as a “bear village”.

May 2017

The government of the canton of Grisons approves the partial revision of the local plan for the “Arosa Bear Sanctuary”.

July 2017

The lease to use and run the Arosa Bear Sanctuary is signed between the Arosa Bears Foundation and the civic authority and municipality of Chur.

August 2017

The building permit is issued as planned by the municipality of Arosa. The groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the construction of the Arosa Bear Sanctuary.

December 2017

Building work is suspended for the winter break. It is resumed in spring 2018.

July 2018

Napa, a former circus bear, is transferred from Palic in Serbia to Arosa.

July 2018

Napa is released into the large outdoor enclosure after a settling-in period.

August 2018

The Arosa Bear Sanctuary is officially opened from 3 to 5 August after more than eight years in the making.

November 2018

Napa has begun his hibernation.

January 2019

The outdoor enclosure has to be closed because of all the snow.

February 2019

Amelia and Meimo, the two restaurant bears from Albania, move into their new home in Arosa.

July 2019

Amelia and Meimo could be socialized with Napa and from now on all three bears can use the whole enclosure together.

August 2019

Another visit to the Arosa Bear Sanctuary by the vet. Amelia was successfully castrated and Napa was spontaneously operated on the teeth. Everything went well.

End of November/ end of December

The bears begin their second hibernation. This year all bears are resting in individual hibernation boxes.