The twelve days of Christmas - Help save more Canadian grizzly bear cubs

Little Ben (the latest black bear addition at NLWC) and all the bears thank you.It is that time of the year when I start to think about the people and animals in my life and finding the perfect gift that shows them how much I appreciate them.  In the spirit of giving, it is also a time to reflect on the many friends of the animals that we have here in Canada.  Friends like Angelika and Peter Langen, the founders of Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS), who have been have been rescuing and rehabilitating bear cubs for over 20 years.  

I was delighted to find out that others felt the same way about the NLWS and voted to bring them into the semi-finals of a competition that may provide the gift of a $150,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare has been partnering with NLWS since 2007 on a pilot project to rehab and release orphan grizzly bear cubs. You may recall that this past June, four orphaned grizzlies were “bear lifted” back into the beautiful BC wilderness.

In a wonderful modern turn on the twelve days of Christmas, we can all be a part of this gift to the bears by signing up to the competition and voting.  It’s that easy. 

Once a day for the next twelve days I will be logging on and casting my vote for the Bear Rescue Facility at the Aviva Community Fund web site.

The annual competition, created by the Aviva (Insurance) Community Fund, helps fund Canadian initiatives such as environmental programs, at-risk youth programs and cultural activities at the community level.  If successful, NLWS will use the $150,000 grant to build an additional 10,000 sq foot enclosure for bear cub rehabilitation.  This means more room for adorable bear cubs like little Ben to grow strong over the winter months before being released back into the wild.

The Northern Lights Wildlife Society is a volunteer based charity, dedicated to rehabilitating injured and/or orphaned bear cubs in British Columbia.  They raise funds to provide care and shelter for cubs that are unable to survive on their own so they can eventually be released back into the wild.

Voting starting December 5 until December 16th.  Hope to see you voting!


Comments: 3

6 years ago

Have been voting and will share this on my FB page and also on Advocating for Bears FB page. Please feel free to post there. Thanks!

6 years ago

NLWS is a wonderful organization dedicated to giving wildlife a second chance they deserve,I'll be voting everyday!!

6 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing Pat! We need all the help we can get!
Angelika Langen
Northern Lights wildlife Society

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