Due to the illegal poaching in Georgia tens of extinct Brown Bears are captured which are protected by the “Red Book”.
Most of bears have been captured for years for entertaining purposes at petrol stations, restaurants, hotels, monasteries, circus and private houses.
In 2010, to solve to problem of captured brown bears, Soso Jikurishvili who is an actor with profession, founded the shelter of brown bears under the permit of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection. Since the date of founding the organisation up to day, there have been 12 brown bears in the shelter. These bears had been locked in small size cages in severe conditions for years.
The shelter of brown bears is located on about 1 hectare of land. The shelter takes care of rehabilitation of bears and works on their return back to the wildlife.