Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries collectively provide refuge for 30 percent of the world’s panda population. This sanctuary is one of the province's three reserves and has about 150 bears.
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A five-acre site in Shepperton provides a heated intensive care facility and exercise pond for swans recovering from injuries. According to a 2010 Telegraph article, several thousand swans have received treatment at the facility.
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Sloth Sanctuary—Costa Rica
This center houses 150 orphaned and injured sloths that are undergoing rehabilitation before they can return to their natural habitat. The sanctuary also has an educational facility devoted to the research and observation of the two sloth species found in the country.
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Sanctuary for Traumatized Chimpanzees—Austria
Thirty-eight chimpanzees now enjoy fresh air and freedom in Gänserndorf after spending three decades in laboratories.
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Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary—Tanzania
This enclosed area within Mkomazi National Park is currently training 13 rhinos to readjust to life in the wild.
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary—Australia
At the world’s largest koala reserve, visitors can cuddle with one of the 130 marsupials.
Since its founding in 1969, 14,500 formerly abused donkeys have sought refuge on one of the nine farms owned by this organization.
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Libearty Bear Sanctuary—Romania
After seeing bears caged and exploited across the country, Cristina Lapis founded this organization to expose them to their natural surroundings. Fifty bears have been relocated to an oak forest in the Carpathian Mountains, where a veterinary clinic, hibernation dens, and fresh-water pools are available.