Eric Baccega
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The polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

The polar bear is the lord of the great north. Untiring traveller, he spends most of his time hunting seals on the ice. Today, the global warming of the planet leads to the melting of the Arctic Ocean' s icepack and threatens its existence. The polar bear is back on the red list of endangered species.

The polar bear cub (Ursus maritimus)

Mother bear gives birth to cubs in winter in a den that she has dug under the snow. After a fasting of several months, she heads towards the ice pack in spring, to get food and teach her litter how to hunt. The cubs will remain two years with their mother before starting a solitary life.

The feast of the Brooks River Bruins (Ursus arctos horribilis)

Every summer, millions of salmons swim up the Alaskan rivers towards their place of birth, where they will spawn. On Brooks river, Katmai, a fall impedes their migration. There they become the prey of huge brown bears. On Kodiak island, salmon are so abundant that the bears have the biggest size on world.

Brown bear female and cub (Ursus arctos horribilis)

Female brown bears give birth to 2 or 3 cubs, exceptionally 4. In Alaska, the Katmai National Park is one of the last wild places in the world where the brownies can still live and reproduce in peace.

The American black bear (Ursus americanus)

The American black bear only lives in North America. It’s a loner who likes to dwell in the forest. In the past, the black bear population averaged 2 millions individuals. Today, the species is protected and it is estimated that there are more than 600 000 black bears on the North American continent.

British Columbia's Kermode bear(Ursus americanus kermodensis)

In Canada, the rainforest along the west coast is the home of a particular bear: the Kermode. This black bear wears actually a white creamy coloured fur, due to the double recessive gene. Also called spirit or ghost bear, this species is rare.

Giant panda, Sichuan, China (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Symbol of the WWF, the giant panda is particularly threatened by the destruction of its natural habitat. In Sichuan, China, 3 major breeding centers are very much involved in the preservation of the species.

Asiatic black bear: from hell to paradise, China (Ursus thibetanus)

Jill Robinson and her Fondation « Animal Asia » are fighting to save the Asiatic black bear. In countries across Asia, thousands of bears live a life of torture on bear farms, so that their bile can be extracted and used in traditional medicine. Bears are confined for their lives in tiny cages.
The bears rescued by Jill Robinson and her team can start a new life in the Chengdu rescue centre.

The spectacled bears of Chaparri, Peru (Tremarctos ornatus)

The 35000 ha wide Chaparri reserve is the first private area dedicated to the conservation and reintroduction of endangered species like the spectacled bear, the white-winged guan and the king vulture.

The European Grey Wolf (Canis lupus)

The wolf is the second largest carnivore in Europe after the brown bear. Wolves were once widespread across the entire northern hemisphere, but in the 19 and 20 century their population has been decimated by intensive hunting and the reduction of their habitat.

Gorilla

North of Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park protects the Rwandan sector of the Virunga Volcanoes, home to 120 mountain gorillas, listed on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered. The park rangers (ORTPN) lead visitors to an unforgettable 1 hour trek to meet this great primate. Here tourism and nature get along well together. In neighbor Democratic Republic of Congo, these great apes are endangered, victims of deforestation, poaching and the war. In North Kivu, the Virunga National Park protects approximately 200 mountain gorillas. In South Kivu, the National park of Kahuzi-Biega protects approximately 180 Eastern lowland gorillas.

The Przewalski Horse

In France, Cevennes, on the Causse Mejean Plateau, the association TAKH, has taken the challenge to reintroduce a whole herd of Przewalski horses in Mongolia, starting with 11 individuals, selected from European zoos. At one time extinct in the wilderness, this primitive horse finds again a new future.

Rwanda

Known as the Land of Thousand Hills, Rwanda is bordered at its north by a high chain of volcanoes, at its east by the Akagera swamps and at its south by the Nyungwe forest. The land is very green and tea farming is one of the principal economic activities of the country, together with tourism.

Papuan tribes of Western Papua

The Asmats live on the edges of the Arafura Sea, the Koroways build their homes in the trees of the rain forest, the Danis and Lanis live in the valley of Baliem, the Yalis populate the mountainous center of the island. Four tribes to discover Western Papua, the 26th province of Indonesia.

Northern lights

Magic of the great north, these fascinating natural phenomenons are caused by the interaction between high atmosphere atoms and particles loaded with solar wind.

Arctic regions: Greenland et Spitzbergen

Realm of ice, fascination of the great north: along latitude 80 degrees north, it is cold, even if the ice is regressing since several decades. In the Disko Bay, 300 km away from the polar cercle, a frozen fjord produces the biggest icebergs of the arctic, ultimate metamorphosis from a snow that has fallen thousand years ago over the Greenland icesheet.

Around the Baikal lake, Siberia, Russia

Russian jewel, the Baikal Lake offers to travellers the prodigious spectacle of a sea of ice bordered with tundra forests. The discovery of the "mother of all lakes" constitutes an unforgettable trip, which can sometimes occur under difficult weather conditions, you have to be prepared to.

The French Southern and Antarctic Islands

The Crozet and Kerguelen archipelagos, the islands of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam form 3 of the 4 districts of the Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Islands. Emerged from the fire of Earth's entrails, these islands constitute the largest seabird reservoir in the world.

North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

North east of Congo (DRC), the Kivu region endured violent conflicts for more than one decade. In January 2009, after the arrest of Laurent Nkunda, former general of the Congolese army and leader of the CNDP (Tutsie rebel faction), the governments of the DRC and Rwanda made an agreement in order to disarm the area and to restore peace. In the last refugee camps, the population awaits the complete return of safety before regaining the villages.