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, Apennine wolf, fox, chamois and lynx.
Today, only about 50 Marsican brown bears remain – most of them within the protected boundaries of the Abruzzo National Park. Due to the population’s historical isolation, the bears are not only endemic to Central Italy, but they are genetically unique from other alpine brown bears.
The Apennine wolf has been successfully recolonizing the Abruzzo area – from less than 100 remaining at the end of the 1960s to 7 or 8 packs roaming the park today.
Abruzzo is our newest supported project area. We are currently developing conservation media around the critically endangered Marsican brown bear and we look forward to supporting key conservation initiatives in the region.