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There is an urgent need to help children, adults, and sloth bears in the State of Gujarat, India where 60-100 sloth bear attacks occur annually. Some injuries lead to human death. All attacks lead to sloth bear death.
Here's the thing: it's preventable.
Gujarat is not large, it's a little bigger than the state of Florida. If we had 60-100 bear attacks on people in Florida, I know we would pull together and help. We need to reach out and help our friends (human and furry) in Gujarat where resources and expertise are limited.
That's where we come in. A big part of the solution is to provide accurate information about how to stay safe around wild sloth bears. Sounds easy, but it's complicated by the fact that most local adults are not literate. Okay, that just means we adjust a little. So, we'll design a place-based, "on-the-ground" solution.
To ensure success, we've partnered with one of the world's leading sloth bear scientists who lives in India (Dr. Nishith Dharaiya) and an expert educator who has disseminated outreach to over 5 million people (Dr. Jennifer Sevin).
We are targeting our program in three areas where sloth bear attacks are highest.
Local people want this program. The local government wants this program. Sloth bear conservation needs this program.
Your donation will get us started. Please help us save lives!