The Andean Bear Foundation (ABF) is a 501 (c ) (3) non-profit organization that works for the conservation of the Spectacled/Andean Bear (Tremarctos ornatus), its habitat and associated species like the mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque). The work of the ABF has a strong focus on field research that looks to improve the knowledge about these species in the wild. With updated information about its population patterns the ABF will be able to develop or suggest better management practices for the species to be implemented by Ecuadorian environmental authorities and even neighboring countries where the species currently occurs.
Projects lead by the ABF depend mainly on donations and volunteering activities. However, resources obtained this way are generally scarce so it has been necessary to explore alternative funding sources. This eco-tourism project is a new way of funding which allows tourists to see wild bears and tapirs in their natural habitat.