WHILE WAITING FOR HUMAN ACTION, CAN BEARS HELP THEMSELVES?
One of the main challenges of Italian conservation management is the protection of the Apennine Brown Bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus). This large mammal is endemic to Central Italy and lives only in Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Its conservation status is extremely worrying because of its biological needs and the high human population density in Italy.
While waiting for human action, the last bears still living in the park are trying to ensure their own survival. One of their probable strategies is to take advantage of the presence of wolves in the same area by feeding on the wolves captured prey.
This should be a great lesson for humans, on the one hand because it reminds us that any conservation issue must have a holistic approach, on the other hand because it shows that nature is always cleverer than we expect.
The Animal Biology Department of the University of Rome is working, with the valuable help of Roberto Isotti and Alberto Cambone (Wildlife Conservation Photography, Homo ambiens) images, to demonstrate the advantages of this interaction for the survival of the Apennine Brown Bear.
But even beyond the critical matter of bear survival is the understanding that the presence of large carnivores has a positive effect on the richness of biodiversity. In fact, large carnivores play a valuable role in controlling the population of herbivores, which in turn, prevents damage to endemic fauna and destruction of small animal populations.
Conservation Photography is a rapidly growing segment of nature photography, aimed at nature conservation initiatives. The contribution of photography in conservation is making pictures useful in scientific research, environmental documentation, or activities to raise consciousness on priority ecological themes.
Alberto Cambone and Roberto Isotti, photographers and founders of Homo ambiens, have been actively engaged for many years in Conservation Photography, even before it gained public recognition. The photographic works developed in this sector are often taken in partnership with main Environmental Organizations like WWF, Greenpeace, Birdlife, and many more.
Article and images courtesy of Roberto Isotti, Alberto Cambone.
To find out more about this important conservation issue, please visit: : http://www.homoambiens.com/servizix/s8orsomarsicanoing.php
Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise: http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.abruzzo/Eindex.php
Abruzzo, Italy: http://www.initaly.com/regions/abruzzo/abruzzo.htm