Brown bear Sindi and her two brothers Lothar and Torgi were born in 1990 in Torgau, Germany. That same year, they were given as a gift to the National Horticultural Show in Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and were kept in a cage in the petting zoo of the flower show. Throughout the summer months, they served as favorite attraction to visitors. Unfortunately, a state garden show only lasts for a few months, so the eventual fate of the bears was in question. Black Forest Park Löffingen took the three little bears in, but the enclosure they had was too small, surrounded by walls, and equipped with a concrete floor. Due to these circumstances, the bears were never able to live according to their natural behavior. For Torgi, the time in the Black Forest Park Löffingen ended tragically. He was suspected of cutting a girl's finger and was killed for it when he was only about three years old. In 2005, FOUR PAWS became aware of Sindi and Lothar. At the same time, the owners of Black Forest Park Löffingen were looking for new accommodations for the two bears. It was quickly agreed upon that Bear Sanctuary Mueritz could offer both bears a far better life and a species-appropriate home. Soon after, both bears were transferred to Bear Sanctuary Mueritz. The two bears have a very special meaning to the team, as they are the first residents of the sanctuary, which opened with their arrival in October 2006. After Lothar passed away in April 2019, it was evident through Sindi’s behavior that she was grieving the loss of her brother. As they had spent their entire lives together, it was very hard for Sindi to adjust to her brother's absence. Soon after, the team made the decision to socialize Sindi with the bears Mary and Clara, and in June 2019, she began sharing her large enclosure with them.
FOUR PAWS is a global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organization advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects of FOUR PAWS focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals, and wild animals—such as bears, big cats and orangutans—kept in inappropriate conditions and disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, UK, USA, and Vietnam and sanctuaries for rescued animals in 11 countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. FOUR PAWS sanctuaries provide species-appropriate homes for animals rescued from improper keeping conditions from all over the world, including neglected zoos, circuses, or other forms of private keeping. Each FOUR PAWS sanctuary maintains the highest standard of care for its rescued animals.
Bears and big cats that have grown up under human influence, unfortunately, cannot be released into the wild. In captivity, they lose vital instincts they need to survive, especially learning how to hunt and scavenge for food. Many of the rescued bears and big cats often display severe behavioral disorders due to their former caged existence and require the special attention of FOUR PAWS animal caretakers. Animals at all FOUR PAWS sanctuaries will never be bred, sold for profit, or traded to other sanctuaries, zoos, or any other animal practice or trade. Animals rescued by FOUR PAWS find a home at its sanctuaries for life.
FOUR PAWS sanctuaries for bears and big cats are in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Jordan, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Vietnam and are open for visitors to educate on global animal welfare issues.
Proceeds from the sale of artworks made by the featured endangered animals will go towards supporting their respective partner sanctuary and the important conservation work they do. Proceeds from the sale of Andreas Deja’s wildlife-inspired artwork will benefit The Walt Disney Family Museum’s educational initiatives, including the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy.
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