Galakiwi Supports the Andean Bear Foundation
Wildlife is what draws so many people to travel with us in the Galapagos Islands. Working in an area that is a National Park makes it relatively easy to ensure all the species here are protected and safe.
On mainland Ecuador, there are additional threats to wildlife that are not as prevalent here in the islands, namely habitat loss. One iconic species that faces the threat of extinction is the Andean Bear, also known as the Spectacled Bear. The Andean Bear is currently listed as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The Andean Bear Foundation has been working hard for many years to improve the situation for these vulnerable species, for which there has not been a large amount of scientific research or studies done in the past.
By tracking wild Andean Bears and re-introducing orphaned ones, the Andean Bear Foundation is gaining great insights into habitat usage, feeding and denning characteristics of these impressive animals.
By finding ways to improve their chances of survival in the wild, and reducing human-bear conflicts, the Andean Bear Foundation is already making a difference.
Unlike the approachable wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, spotting one of these bears in the Ecuadorian wild is truly a special treat, as they are quite elusive and shy. Galakiwi is always happy to put together tours to the best national parks and wildlife areas in Ecuador, if you’re interested in learning more about the Andean Bear and other Ecuadorian wildlife.
To learn more about the Andean Bear Foundation, or to make a donation to their cause, visit them at: http://www.andeanbear.org