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Mariţa was the oldest ex-resident of a Zoo in Roman, where she lived together with another three bears (Suzi, Bobiță and Ursi), also “Libearty” residents at this moment. She spent half of her life behind bars. As the zoo couldn’t afford much food for the animals living there, she was very thin and weak.

In August 2006, when Marița arrived to the Sanctuary, she was very small for her real age (22 years). She recovered fast but remained small. But that was not an issue for her and, for ten years, she loved climbing trees and bathing in pools together with her old friends Suzi, Bobiță and Ursi.

Recently, Marița leaved the sanctuary for the Great Bear Constellation and is going to watch her friends that still live in the Libearty sanctuary.

Together with Maya in the Great Bear constellation

  • Ala


    Ala was Benny’s sister and they were both 27 years old when they arrived to the Sanctuary

  • Benny


    Benny came to the sanctuary with his sister Alla. Both were 27 years old when they arrived at the sanctuary. All these years they had to live with the miserable conditions at the same zoo where they lived

  • Charles


    Charles was imprisoned for almost 40 years old in a rusty cages of the Ethnographic Museum in Vrancea department. He did not have an official name, but volunteers from the Center for “Wildlife Rescue

  • Cristi


    In 2005, Cristi and Lidia were the first inhabitants of the Libearty sanctuary Cristi was born in 1981 and was caught from the wild as a cub.

  • Eva


    After 32 years in prison, Eva stepped on the sanctuary grass and enjoyed the pool water, two things that the old female had completely during her life at the Braila Zoo. There she lived with her son

  • Kodiak


    Kodiak lived a life of misery at Onesti Zoo, which was closed by the authorities because of very bad conditions offered to the animals

  • Marinica


    Marinică was found as a small cub in the forest. His mother was probably killed and he was easily taken away, as nobody was there to protect him.

  • Max


    Max was born in 1997. Being only few months old, he was held captive in the town of Sinaia, near the famous Peleş Castle. There, the tourists passing by would pay for a photograph next to the bear

  • Maya


    In the courtyard of a hotel near Bran Castle, in a dirty cage with metal bars and cement floor, living Maya. Whole days waiting and hoping that someone would bring her something to eat

  • Nadia


    Nadia and Igor were brother and sister and they came from a Zoo in Tecuci (Galati County). Next to the cage of the two lived Cocolina.

  • Ursula


    Ursula was a unique bear. All of the bears at the Libearty sanctuary are European brown bears but Ursula an Asiatic black bear. In fact she was the oldest of the former prisoners of Buhuşi Zoo