Commend Greece’s Wildlife Research and Conservation of Wild Bears and Large Mammals

Target: Nina Eleftheriadou, volunteer and biologists at Arcturos

Goal: Applaud Nina and members of Arcturos for protecting and rehabilitating wildlife

In the midst of the country’s greatest economic crisis, conservation volunteers and biologists in Greece are dedicating their time and efforts to protecting wildlife. Arcturos is an organization that not only raises funds to protect wildlife, but also conducts research on several species, in particular, the brown bear. Commend the volunteers and staff of Arcturos for their valuable research and dedication to conserving large mammals and their habitats.

Arcturos is a Greek, non-profit organization based in Florina that seeks to promote awareness of wildlife issues through volunteerism and education. Aimed at enhancing biodiversity, the staff specialize in research to protect the habitats of bears and other large mammals such as wolves, deer, and the Greek shepherd dog.

Arcturos is able to monitor more than 200 wild bears in the region through a genetic DNA based study. The project commenced in 2003 and sought to estimate the population size of brown bears in the country by processing the cells in the bear’s hair roots. Arcturos also studies the behavior of large mammals through the use of telemetry where transmitters are mounted safely on the animals to track their location. This enables biologists to study patterns of movement and behavior.

Nina Eleftheriadou was first introduced to Arcturos in 2008 through her aunt, who is also a member. She can be seen every weekend raising money and awareness for the organization. With Greece’s struggling economy, it isn’t easy for people to readily donate to wildlife charities when they need money to feed their families. The donations that Nina and other volunteers raise go towards maintaining a safe haven for bears that are protected by law. Commend Nina and staff at Arcturos for their dedicated research and protection of brown bears and other large mammals.


Dear Nina Eleftheriadou and Staff of Arcturos,

Your efforts towards protecting brown bears and their natural habitats are remarkable, especially in the midst of such economic hardship. The genetic research allows for the monitoring of brown bears to understand their behavior and ascertain crucial information based on genetic material. With telemetry, behavioral patterns are able to be identified and studied to provide information on habitat use and population density.

Without your hard work, funds wouldn’t be raised to maintain a safe haven for the bears, nor would the public be educated about the essential work of Arcturos. Thank you for your dedication to wildlife and I support your future research on brown bears and other large mammals in your region.


[Your Name Here]

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