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Archelon’s (Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece) rescue centre   Leave a comment

Reblogged from Videos4volunteers:

is about to celebrate its 20th year in existence. Due to Archelon’s work, many injured turtles have been returned to the wild and the main nesting areas of this endangered species are closely monitored. Sadly however, still over 500 sea turtles die in Greece each year despite the significant work of the volunteers.

Documentary about Archelons’ Rescue Centre from Videos4Volunteers.

Through its stranding network Archelon is able to provide medical care to injured turtles found anywhere in Greece. This network also provides vital information about sea turtle fatalities which help the organization understand the key threats to sea turtles. Life at the rescue centre is always very dynamic with something new happening every day. The winter is particularly hard as sea turtles need warm waters to help the medicines work and the volunteers also suffer the same cold temperatures in their converted railway carriage shelter.

This is a fascinating story with amazing people and heart breaking events for sure along the way. We know that these days the best way to tell a story is through video and social media and we are making this documentary so that everybody can see first hand what life is like on the cutting edge of environmental conservation. We are not a film company, we are just a bunch of volunteers who want to help and in turn we are going to be asking for your help to. The final film will be used by Archelon to promote their work but will also be available for free to whoever wants to use it. As far as we are concerned the more people that learn about the plight of the sea turtles the better. Please sign up now to follow us and find out how you can really help..

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World’s oldest bear dies in WSPA designed sanctuary June 18, 2013   Leave a comment

World’s oldest bear dies in WSPA designed sanctuary

Jun 18, 2013

Andreas rests in a WSPA built sanctuary

Andreas rests in a WSPA built sanctuary
© © Arcturos
We’re sad to announce that Andreas, a 50 year old European brown bear, passed away last month in a Greek sanctuary. He was one of the last dancing bears to be used for entertainment in Greece.
Caught as a cub in the 1960s, Andreas would spend the next three decades in the cruel environment of the bear dancing trade. However, in January 1993 everything changed for Andreas. He was rescued as part of a larger project to end the trade in dancing bears in Greece.
In 1993, at the age of thirty, he was a very old and blind bear. But after his rescue, Andreas received a fresh start in a new, WSPA-designed sanctuary in the forests of northern Greece. In fact, at that time, it was the world’s first bear sanctuary and managed by the Greek environmental group, Arcturos.
Set in the mountains, the forest enclosure introduced Andreas to a number of other rescued dancing bears, who he would spend his life with. It is testimony to the care provided by Arcturos that Andreas would live a wonderful twenty years more.
Andreas died peacefully in his den on May 24th 2013, aged at least 50 years old, making him the oldest bear to have lived at any sanctuary we know of. With 10 rescued bears still living in the Greek sanctuary, Arcturos have a lot of animals to care for and public to educate. In fact, the sanctuary works hard to educate children about the need to protect wildlife and to carry out many projects aimed at protecting bears, wolves and other native Greek wildlife.
If you want to learn more about the work we do with bear sanctuaries click here.
Did you know?
In the wild, bears live maybe 20 years but as their teeth break or fall out and their health decreases they tend to die of natural causes before the age of 25. Andreas was one old bear! Possibly the oldest in the world!
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