Sunday Live in Abruzzo! Springtime Bears & Bear Smart Communities

Sunday Live in Abruzzo Chat

Join LifeInAbruzzo for a Facebook live chat  or via Zoom with Abruzzo’s Marsican Bear charity, Salviamo l’Orso on Sunday 5th April, 6pm CET, 5pm BST, 12pm EDT.

If you missed our live chat with Salviamo l’orso you can view the chat here.

There will be plenty of time at the beginning for kids to ask their questions (in English or Italian) about Italy’s most endangered mammals, and for everyone to find out more about the charity’s ‘Bear Smart Community’ protection scheme. This builds social acceptance of the bears within local mountain towns and villages, its aim for the two to happily co-exist.

To join the chat simply go to the Life in Abruzzo Facebook page and the chat will play automatically on Sunday 5th April at

6pm CET, 5pm BST, 12pm EDT or join via Zoom

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Competition Time – Win a Salviamo l’Orso T-Shirt

Marsican BearWe know many of you, kids and grown ups have time on your hands at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic, so how about drawing or painting one of Abruzzo’s famous but endangered bears?

Salviamo l’Orso are giving away 3 of their gorgeous -shirts as prizes for the best drawings and paintings of a Marsican bear. The wonderful illustrator Elisabetta Mitrovic has kindly given us a guide to help you draw one if it is your first time.

Take a photo of your picture and add it to Instagram or Facebook with tag #MarsicanBear or email it to add your name & age if the entry is by a child. Your masterpiece may make someone you know curious what a Marsican bear is and you can reply these very special endangered brown bears, whose total population is only 50, live just 2 hour east of Rome in the mountains of Abruzzo.  Competition closes Wednesday 8th April.

How to Draw a Marsican Bear

How to Draw a Marsican Bear

Abruzzo Marsican Bears

Competition Winners

Salviamo l’orso were so impressed with all the exceptional entries that everyone submitted to the competition, it was a very difficult decision to pick 3 winners, these have been selected for not just artistic skill but for also showing the bear in its all important environment.  Thank you to everyone that entered!  The winners were Eleonora, Safina and Samuele, congratulations!

If you would like one of the charity’s t-shirts, donate €15 + postage – €7 for Italy & €15 for Europe and email your size & delivery address, details here –



Watch  Who Shares the Bears Marking Tree

More Information

Salviamo l’Orso website –  Facebook
How to Donate –, How to Volunteer –


Illustrations by Elisabetta Mitrovic, the illustrator of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park guidebook Vivi il Parco, follow her on Facebook –  I taccuini in natura a cura  or Instagram

Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.

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