One step closer to get to know bears better

Our ancestors have long revered and dreaded bears, making them a symbol of courage and strength. The fact that these formidable animals are currently in danger of going extinct, regardless of the species, is the reason why they are legally protected in many countries around the world.

A workshop was held at the Berehovo Volunteer center “Everyone can help” to raise awareness of the brown bear population in Ukraine. Nataliya Maslakova, a psychologist of the charity organization “Voices of Children,” taught the participants how to build lovely, little teddy bears from felt.

IERS expert Leonid Pokrytyuk developed an educational story about the life of bears in the wild and under human supervision in order to make the event more beneficial. The talk covered a variety of topics, including the worldwide bear diversity, the challenges brown bears face in the wild, the differences between bear and other animal trails, and the activities of the Synevyr National Natural Park’s Brown Bear Rehabilitation Center.

The children consolidated the acquired knowledge by completing the tasks in the coloring book “The Carpathian forest is your friend”, developed by the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies.

The event was held for the IDP children as part of the cooperation of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the Nature Conservation Union of Germany (NABU BundesverbandNABU International), project coordinators –  Ivan Tymofeiev (NABU), Nataliya Kulya (IERS), and financially supported by Tierpark Berlin and Zoo Berlin.

Informational Service of IERS

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