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Spectacled Bear.

Once a year in March, World Land Trust (WLT) makes a special effort to persuade all its supporters to do just one simple thing that doesn’t cost a penny but could raise £25,000.

And that one simple thing? To cast an online vote for Saving the Spectacled Bear, a conservation project developed by Fundación Jocotoco, one of WLT’s four conservation partners in Ecuador.

The Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) is classified as globally Vulnerable and in Ecuador as locally Endangered by IUCN.  The bear’s habitat is gradually disappearing, threatened by road building and fire, agriculture and the spread of human settlement.

The bears are omnivorous and roam across large areas. But for local farmers they are simply a pest. And when they damage crops such as maize, the bears can be killed in retaliation. This is a charismatic species that badly needs protection.

The poll is organised by EOCA, the European Outdoor Conservation Association.

Voting starts on 1 March 2016 and ends on 15 March 2016.

How you can help

There are lots of ways to raise awareness of the poll so please pull out all the stops.

In particular if you use social media please tweet and retweet about the poll on Twitter, like and share posts on Facebook and like and repost on Instagram.


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