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Brown Bear Rehabilitation Center

The number of brown bears in Ukraine reaches about 300 individuals. A certain number of these animals are also kept in captivity. In some cases, the clubfoot is kept in captivity in violation of environmental protection legislation. That is why the issue of creating a special rehabilitation center for bears was raised.

Реабілітаційний центр бурого ведмедя

Photo and video of the Brown Bear Rehabilitation Center

A brief overview

🗺 Location N48°33’17.2695″ E23°39’27.2228″
🗾 Total area 12 hectares
🧭 Nearest cities Khust, Mizhhirya
🚙 Road for Auto and on foot
🏕 Stand with a tent Yes
🏡 Housing nearby Kolochava, Mizhhirya
☕ Cafes and shops Kolochava, Mizhhirya

History and purpose of the rehabilitation center

The Bear Rehabilitation Center was established in 2011 in the “Synevyr” National Nature Park, which is located in the Mizhhirsky District of the Transcarpathian Region. This is the only such center in Ukraine and the largest in Europe.

The purpose of the activity centers on the rehabilitation of brown bears that have been subjected to cruel treatment, suffered from a natural disaster, and are kept by the state as confiscated animals, the further fate of which is decided in court in connection with the violation of the laws of Ukraine; restoration of their natural population, temporary maintenance of animals that were detained at the border due to violation of environmental legislation, etc.

Features of the national park

The Synevyr Carpathian Bear Reserve is a huge, ecologically clean territory with an area of ​​more than 12 hectares. It is surrounded by an electrified fence. It was not by chance that the Synevyr National Nature Park was chosen for the construction of such a center. Its natural and climatic conditions and location fully meet the needs of brown bears. In the upper part of the center, there are 6 cages and 2 sections for keeping bears of different ages and health conditions. There are also swimming pools and dens. Tourists have the opportunity to observe pinnipeds through special nets and fences.

Conditions for living in the “Synevyr” center

Experienced veterinarians work in the bear rehabilitation center. The workers create all the necessary conditions for the fastest possible development of the bears and restoration of their natural skills. “Play constructions” have been built for pinnipeds to speed up their adaptation to the conditions of their keeping. Special trainings are also conducted so that the bears get used to the nature around them and become more independent from human care. In addition, veterinarians prepare a diet and feeding regimen for each bear individually. The center is currently home to more than nineteen animals.

The fate of the residents of the park

The stories of almost all clubfoot residents of the center are full of suffering and sadness. One of the bears came from the circus. He was trained in an extremely cruel way: the bear cub’s paws were smeared with petroleum jelly and thrown onto a large hot frying pan. Thus, he had to learn to “dance”. Such cruel training was not successful, after which the owners gave him to the center. Some bears have not forgotten their circus talents. Yes, very often you can see how a bear performs some trick. On the territory of the rehabilitation center there is a stand with photos and information about all the bears living here, with their names, age and weight.

How to get to the Rehabilitation Center

 Walking route

🔰 Start From the asphalt road to Lake Synevyr
🚶 Walking distance 500 m
⬆ Rise from 730 m to 775 m

The brown bear rehabilitation center is located in Zakarpattia region. You should go here from the village of Mizhhirya by personal transport in the direction of the village of Synevyrska Polyana. Not far from Lake Synevyr, on the right side, there is a direction sign to the bear rehabilitation center. You have to leave your vehicle near the signpost and walk up the pebble and crushed stone road for about 150 meters.

Working hours:

  • Monday 09: 00-18: 00
  • Tuesday 09: 00-18: 00
  • Wednesday 09:00-18:00
  • Thursday 09: 00-18: 00
  • Friday 09: 00-18: 00
  • Saturday 09: 00-18: 00
  • Sunday 09:00-18:00

Address Transcarpathian region Mizhhirskyi district “Synevyr”.

GPS coordinates 48.5555312 23.6543131.

Entrance fee: about UAH 20.

The ticket price for adults is UAH 20, discounts apply for children.

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Accommodation nearby

Готель «Shulc»
Mizhhirya, str. Kotlyarevsky, 4
+380 ....

from 900₴/night
Санаторій «Верховина»
Mizhhirsky district, village Soymy, 1
+380 ....

from 450 ₴/day
Restaurant and hotel complex "Orion"
st. Shevchenka, 90, Mizhgirya
+380 ....

from 650 ₴/night
Restaurant and hotel complex "Non stop"
st. Nezalezhnosti 63, town Mizhgirya
+380 ....
from 589 UAH/night
Hotel "Fortuna" in Mizhhiria
Mezhhirya, st. G. Dobry, 30
+380 ....

from 1045 ₴/night
Еко готель “Ізки”, Міжгір’я
village Izky, Khust district
+380 ....
from 1000 ₴/night
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Popular questions

How much does it cost to visit a brown bear rehabilitation center?
For adults, the ticket price is UAH 20, for children there are discounts. The center is open every day without holidays from 09:00 to 18:00.
How to get to the brown bear rehabilitation center?
The center of the brown bear is located in the former Mizhhirskyi, now Khustskyi district of Transcarpathia. To get here, you should drive from the village of Mizhhirya in the direction of the village of Synevyrska Polyana, near the lake, find the center sign and walk 150 meters to your destination. GPS center coordinates 48.5555312 23.6543131.