An Andean bear sanctuary
is a dream which is now becoming reality, thanks to our
supporters. For some bears, due to disability, illness or
old age, release is not a feasible option as they
simply would not survive in the wild. In these cases, we plan
to give them spacious enclosures at the sanctuary with natural
vegetation where they can live peacefully. The
sanctuary will also be a safe place for the rehabilitation
of rescued bear
The Iznachi Bear
Sanctuary now has its first 3 residents. Suyana,
bear cub who
was rescued in November 2011 and moved in at the end of February 2012.
puts the "wild" into wildlife, she is very cautious about humans and we
think she will be an excellent candidate for liberation in the future.
For now, she is safely at the Iznachi Bear Sanctuary,
how to eat the foods she will find in the wild. Mazharito
Suyana at the sanctuary in May 2012. He was very scared of
first, being more comfortable with humans than with other bears after
being illegally kept as a pet, but they are now settled and friendly.
Together the two play and wrestle as bear cubs would in the
wild. Azul arrived at the sanctuary in February 2013, wild and very traumatised, but is gradually bonding with the other two bears.
serve as a centre for education about the bears and their needs in
terms of habitat and conservation, for both local communities
overseas tourists. Andean bears are vulnerable to
extinction, mostly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting.
Little is known about the species and there is much more to
learn. Researchers will be able to observe bears in
the sanctuary, to learn more about bear
behavior and ecology
and use this
information to better understand the conservation needs of wild
Construction on the
bear sanctuary continues. The first cage
is finished and inhabited, but there is much, much more to do.
We're making a start with the
funds we have, but a bear sanctuary
this type will be costly and we continue to seek funds for
We received a donation thanks to
Ecuavisa, the program Celebrities and Pets, for which we
are very grateful, and bought land last year, but our
plans to arrange access to it didn't work out as we had hoped.
In April 2011 we were fortunate enough to find the ideal
site, in Las Palmas de Cosanga, between Baeza and Cosanga in Napo
Province in Ecuador. Thanks to help from our donors,
we bought 5 hectares of forested
hillside, perfect for bears.
site is located in the Cantón of Quijos. The
sanctuary is known as the Iznachi Bear Sanctuary,
because Iznachi is the
bear in the old language of the Quijos people, who lived in this area
before the invasion of the Spanish conquistadores. We also
beautiful logo for the Sanctuary, designed by Rebecca Hamilton based on
a drawing by Toby Shephard.
We started the campaign
for the bear sanctuary on 29th
October 2010 and are making good progress. We are especially
proud that Beth Klemick ran a half marathon, in honour of
Bandit the Andean bear who passed away in 2010, with donations going to
the Andean Bear Sanctuary Project. We were challenged by Tc
to raise $1,000 by the end of May, helped on by a FUNraiser event by
Project Hope which raised $500 towards that, and given another $500
from a generous supporter when we succeeded. We also met Dawn
Edwards' challenge to raise $500 and win $100 from Trevor Roge, and
exceeded Barbara Bey's birthday wish challenge to raise $100.
thanks to all our donors.
Later, the bear sanctuary
will include more bear enclosures, a clinic, a feedstore and
an education centre
visitors can learn more about Andean bears. When we have
accommodation, we will be able to accept volunteers to help with
construction and planting suitable trees and plants to cultivate food
for the bears.
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Bear Conservation Project: Iznachi Bear Sanctuary
A sanctuary where the Andean Bear Conservation Project can care for
spectacled bears which cannot be liberated. The Iznachi
Andean Bear Sanctuary is also home to rescued
orphaned bear cubs in rehabilitation, prior to liberation back to the