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Wild Abruzzo: Your invitation to an exclusive wildlife film event

The European Nature Trust is pleased to invite you to Wild Abruzzo

At Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, guests will enjoy a cinematic journey to the heart of wild Italy – the Abruzzo region, where one of Europe's most threatened species makes its home among the old-growth beech and oak forests. We will celebrate the uniqueness of Italian nature, while uncovering the wonder of the Marsican brown bear – the most threatened bear species in existence. This is your opportunity to celebrate Italy’s wild heritage, come together for its conservation, and help save the Marsican brown bear from extinction.

There are just 60 remaining Marsican brown bears. To expand from the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, the bears need our support.
Wild Abruzzo: rugged mountains scattered with open grasslands, beech and oak forests, and a wonderfully biodiverse range of species.

The spirit of untamed Italy

The Marsican brown bear is a subspecies of the European brown bear, endemic to the Apennine Mountains. Few are aware of this most charismatic species; fewer still know of its critically endangered status. With just 60 individual bears remaining, the subspecies is perilously close to extinction.

The Marsican brown bear is now relict to the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Yet the species once ranged throughout the Central Apennines. Today, the bear’s future depends on the population expanding to new territories and recovering historic habitats.

But to do that, the bears and the conservation groups protecting them need our support. At Wild Abruzzo, we will be raising awareness and funds for the conservation of the Marsican brown bear and the wider ecosystems of Abruzzo.

Secure your ticket and help protect the marsican brown bear

100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be allocated to the conservation of the bear. Let's come together and protect the spirit of untamed Italy.
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The evening

Tuesday 18th October, 2022

Ham Yard Soho, Firmdale Hotels
19:00 – Film screenings start promptly
20:30 – Drinks, food, networking and party*

*Champagne, drinks, delicious canapes and bowl food will be served in the Dive Bar after the screenings.


The films

Path of the Bear

In Path of the Bear expert ecologist and presenter Chris Morgan travels to the heart of Italy to meet the people who have been fighting for the conservation of the Marsican brown bear. We learn how individual bears can successfully disperse if the right social and ecological conditions are achieved. The film is a passionate portrayal of the role the bear plays, not only in the Abruzzi ecosystem, but in the hearts and minds of the communities with which it coexists.

A film produced by Chris Morgan and Alessio Bariviera

My Neighbour is a Bear

My Neighbour is a Bear follows the arrival of a mother bear – Amarena – with her four cubs, as she journeys down from the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park to the sun-strewn and cobbled streets of Villalago, a nearby village. Where folklore has entrenched beliefs that bears are to be feared, many locals here live in harmony with the species, embracing the bear as a part of the region’s heritage. The film is a cinematic portrait of the bear, and how its future is linked with our very own.

A film by Mattia Cialoni

The purpose

Wild Abruzzo will bring together key stakeholders in the future of Italian nature: companies, business leaders, diplomats, media guests, conservationists and anyone with an interest in wild Italy, to experience two new films uncovering the region. The event will foster new connections with wildlife conservation in Italy, while raising awareness of the world’s most endangered bear.

100% of proceeds from ticket sales for Wild Abruzzo will be donated to Salviamo l'Orso – a foundation working to conserve the Marsican brown bear.

The foundation: Salviamo l'Orso

Salviamo l’Orso, in collaboration with Rewilding Apennines, have been working since 2012 to secure a future for the Marsican brown bear by enabling the species to safely disperse beyond the core population area. They are leading the effort to safely encourage bears to disperse, to improve the quality and range of their habitat, reduce human-wildlife conflict, and promote sustainable nature-based entrepreneurship in the Abruzzo region. Working with local stakeholders, conservation leaders and other strategic partners, they are promoting the ecological restoration of critical 'corridor areas' to expand the range of the bear, while raising awareness of how to harmoniously live alongside bears.

100% of funds raised at the event – through donations, ticket sales and our auction – will be donated to Salviamo l’Orso for Marsican brown bear conservation. By purchasing a ticket, you are contributing to the grassroots conservation of the species and the wild landscapes it inhabits.


The sponsor

Wild Abruzzo is sponsored by Ugo Foods Group Ltd. – the longest established fresh pasta Company in the UK. Through the brand Dell'Ugo, the company actively supports TENT’s partner foundations in Italy, with a focus on conserving and expanding Abruzzo’s fragile population of Marsican brown bears. Through our partnership, Dell’Ugo and TENT are working to make a tangible difference for Italian wildlife by creating ‘noise for nature’ and making impactful donations to key conservation groups.


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Secure Your Ticket And Help Protect The Marsican Brown Bear

100% of proceeds from ticket sales will be allocated to the conservation of the bear. Let's come together and protect the spirit of untamed Italy.

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