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Bear Conservation

Bear Conservation

PERU, COLOMBIA, BOLIVIA
Andean bears are an important flagship for the unique and fragile Tropical Andes ecosystem, the richest and most biologically diverse region on earth. Currently listed as vulnerable, the species faces a number of threats including habitat reduction and fragmentation, human induced mortality, and insufficient scientific knowledge on distribution, threats and trends in bear populations. In order to design effective conservation plans for Andean bear populations, updated and accurate information on the species distribution, abundance and conservation status is needed. This important information is still lacking for many parts of the Andean bear range. The Andean Bear Conservation Alliance is a partnership initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in collaboration with the IUCN Bear Specialist Group and other partners. The goal is to provide direction and focus to Andean bear conservation efforts by consolidating efforts around a common action plan. The action plan will produce an accurate and updated assessment of the distribution and status of the remaining Andean bear populations through targeted research, exploration and capacity-building projects. Building on the ground capacity to strategically survey and monitor the distribution and conservation status of Andean bear populations in all countries and regions is critical to this effort. This is the key to preservation of Andean bear populations.

The Zoo & Zoo Society also promote bear conservation through support of Polar Bears International and help protect bears in Asia through support of Wildlife SOS India and Education for Nature – Vietnam.

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