“In a moss-draped rain forest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears are born with white fur.” (National Geographic)
For many years, the Spirit Bear was considered a legend of the people of the Gitg’at and Kitasoo First Nations. They told of a time when the glaciers receded, and it was the Raven who made everything green. To remind him of a time when the world was white with snow and ice the Raven decided to make one in ten black bears white. Only 700 remain today. Spirit Bears are found in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, a rugged region of towering trees stretching up the Pacific coast. Born of a complex interaction between ocean, mountains, forest and rain, this is a land of mist-shrouded valleys and glacier-cut fjords, old-growth forests and rich salmon streams. The largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest on Earth its fragile eco system is under threat by big oil, aqua farming, trophy hunting and increasingly wide swings in weather.