In May 2011, thanks to the Humus Foundation, a French organization created to support grassroots environmental and conservation projects in developing countries, I was able to travel to the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area in the South Western border of Mongolia to find out more about one of the world's least known bear species - The Gobi Bear.
This main objectives of this video report were to
a) raise awareness about the existence of the Gobi Bear, one of the world's most obscure animals
b) highlight the threats the bears face and the urgent need for conservation
c) Identify and present the best conservation measures that can be undertaken with minimum intervention; crucial for a little known species on the brink
Venturing into an extremely remote and harsh environment was not without challenges and at times we seemed ill prepared for what nature threw at us. Heavy winds and sand galore sabotaged some of our footage and equipment and steered the course of production a little away from what was intended.
I would like to consider this as work in progress as the trip provided a much needed insight into the demands of working in a harsh and unpredictable environment.
I do hope to be able to return to the Gobi again but for now, this narrative here is open to crucial feedback and suggestions for improvement and also to spread the word about the Gobi Bear and the help they require to ensure their footprints do not fade away from the rugged land they have quietly eked out a perilous existence for generations.
For more information on the bears please visit my accompanying piece here eurasianet.org/node/63682
N.B: You may spot a small rendering flaw at 2.24 second. This does not occur on the uncompressed file so please overlook it.
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