You may have read in our latest newsletter that TENT have recently embarked on a brand new partnership with a fantastic organisation called Salviamo l’Orso. Everyone at TENT is hugely excited about this new partnership, so we wanted to share some more information.
Who are Salviamo l’Orso?
Created in 2012, Salviamo l’Orso are a team of hardworking scientists, conservationist and volunteers striving to grow Marsican brown bear numbers within Italy’s Abruzzo National Park.
How do they work?
Their projects involve raising awareness of the presence of the bears and educating local communities with the hopes of improving human-wildlife relationships.
Some facts and figures:
- The Marsican brown bears roam within an area of Abruzzo National Park that spans between 1,500 to 2,500km squared
- The latest estimate points towards the bear population sitting between 50 and 60 bears
- Thanks to a Salviamo l’Orso traffic initiative put in place in 2014 no bears have been killed by vehicles within intervention areas
- Since installation of over 70 electric fences, bear damage in two townships has dropped by 99.3%
- Between 2013 and 2016 Salviamo l’Orso vaccinated over 2,600 sheep dogs, and since then no bears have died from diseases carried by dogs.
More on Abruzzo National Park
The Abruzzo National Park is a 150,000 acre protected area in southern Italy. It is crossed by only one paved road and is an area of stunning wilderness. Two-thirds of the park’s surface is covered with vast forests of beech, fir, pine, oak, yew, ash, maple and other trees. These forests are home to populations of formerly endangered species including the Marsican brown bear.
Today, only about 50 Marsican brown bears remain which is why the work that Salviamo l’Orso do is so vital, and why TENT are so keen to support it.
The ultimate goal of Salviamo l’Orso is to expand the area in which the bears can roam securely and without threat, ensuring peaceful coexistence with members of the surrounding villages and towns.
As this partnership develops we hope to be able to offer more and more support to the team at Salviamo l’Orso – we’ll keep you updated!