We are getting even closer to ensuring Albania can end the keeping of bears in cruel conditions, but there are still some that still need our help, including Riku.

In December 2016, Afrim Mahmuti, Site Manager of BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina, led an urgent operation to save Riku. Chained up since he was a cub, Riku was shackled, abused and kept in cramped, awful conditions.

Now a full-size bear, Riku’s owners were terrified of him and desperate to get rid of the bear.

The operation to rescue Riku didn’t take long. Within minutes, Riku’s chains had been removed and he was loaded into Afrim’s truck. But, with BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina already full to capacity, Afrim and his team had no choice but to move Riku to a temporary home at Tirana Zoo.

Thankfully, an enclosure for Riku is now ready at our bear sanctuary Belitsa, in Bulgaria. But to move Riku there, we will need to transport him more than 350 miles over several days – beginning today!

Transporting a bear is a massive job that requires the help of many professionals. Will you please help Riku reach his new home?

Your support has already transformed the lives of Albanian bears like Tomi, Pashuk and Gjina. A small donation could help give Riku a fresh start in life, and help other animals in need around the world.