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After about 1400 km, 28 hours and a gondola ride it is done

From Serbia to Arosa

After about 1400km, 28 hours and a gondola ride, it's done: Napa has arrived at the Arosa Bear Sanctaury. Especially from the arrival in Arosa there were of course some challenges to master. "The transport cage with Napa inside weighs around 550kg. Transporting it from the bear ambulance to the gondola was a logistical masterpiece. I am very happy that everything went so well and that Napa has finally arrived at its final home", said Carsten Hertwig, FOUR PAWS bear expert.

We have waited so long for him. Now finally he is here, our first bear. The whole of Arosa is delighted that Napa has been given his lifelong home with us in the beautiful Arosa mountains

Pascal Jenny, President of the Foundation Arosa Bears

Grand opening from 3 to 5 August

The official opening of the Arosa Bear Sanctuary took place on Friday 3 August with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard and other invited guests. On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August, the gates of Switzerland's first Bear Conservation Centre were officially opened to all visitors during two days of "open doors".

Impressions of the transfer

Napa in Palic

Monday, 2 July 2018: Napa at the Palic Zoo in Serbia

Tuesday, 3 July 2018: Napa undergoes medical examination before the long transfer

Transfer Napa

Wednesday, 4 July 2018: After over 1400km in the bear ambulance, arrival in Arosa

Transport to the middle station of the Weisshorn cable car.

With the tyre loader to the Arosa Bear Sanctuary.

Napa's new home, the Arosa Bear Sanctuary.

Bear Napa

Getting used in the temporary indoor enclosure.

Bear Napa outside

On 26 July 2018 the active Napa was released into its outdoor enclosure.

Bear Napa outside

Curious Napa explored his new home.