Tourism Director Pascal Jenny begins looking for new and appealing projects more than eight years ago and comes upon the bears idea.
Arosa receives a sizeable sum as a legacy, which is earmarked for the Arosa Bear Sanctuary project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work in the background continues. The “Arosa Bears” Foundation is established and the planning application (enclosure, shelter and visitor installations) is drawn up.
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”.
The government of the canton of Grisons approves the partial revision of the local plan for the “Arosa Bear Sanctuary”.
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.
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.
Building work is suspended for the winter break. It is resumed in spring 2018.
Napa, a former circus bear, is transferred from Palic in Serbia to Arosa.
Napa is released into the large outdoor enclosure after a settling-in period.
The Arosa Bear Sanctuary is officially opened from 3 to 5 August after more than eight years in the making.
Napa has begun his hibernation.
The outdoor enclosure has to be closed because of all the snow.
Amelia and Meimo, the two restaurant bears from Albania, move into their new home in Arosa.
Amelia and Meimo could be socialized with Napa and from now on all three bears can use the whole enclosure together.
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.