We LOVE contests at Canopy, almost as much as we love animals, forests, and wild places, so our Valentine’s Day gift to you is a little romantic reconnaissance on our two unofficial mascots, the Spirit Bear of the Great Bear Rainforest in BC, and the Orangutan of Indonesia. Read about the appealing qualities of these lovely creatures below, and then vote to let us know which one you’d send a Valentine.
Mysterious and rare – The Spirit Bear is actually a black bear with a rare genetic mutation that gives it that distinctive and alluring white fur. It’s estimated there are around 400 of them in existence. Their white fur they seems to make them better at catching fish than their black bear family members – it’s all in the camouflage. They are only found in the Great Bear Rainforest region in BC, Canada.
Blonde – Apparently some people prefer blondes?
Charismatic – So much so that a rainforest larger than Belgium is NAMED AFTER IT.
Have an awesome habitat – A huge, temperate coastal rainforest in beautiful British Columbia. And thanks to the recent Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, 85% of that forest is off-limits to logging.
Local – To us lucky Vancouverites, that is.
Eat an admirably healthy diet – Salmon, blueberries, nuts – we’re surprised there isn’t a diet called the Spirit Bear.
Really, really good-looking – Obviously.
Have on-trend claws – Pointy, like Rihanna’s nails.
Familiar – Orangutans share 98% of our DNA, and they even have 32 teeth, just like humans. In fact, in Malay their name translates to Forest Person. Of course, they are about 7 times stronger than we are…
Awesome pad, great weather – Many orangutan live in Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, a gorgeous tropical rainforest, and the last place on earth where Tigers, Rhinos, Elephants, and our buddies the Orangutan live in the wild.
Cute – Indescribably cute. If you search the internet for why, you’ll find a boy-band level of hysteria about the adorableness of the Orangutan.
Funny – And who doesn’t love a good sense of humour?
Strong armed – Orangutan’s arms are one and half time longer than their legs, and enable them to swing their whole body weight from tree to tree.
Huggy – See above.
Hairy – Orangutans have hair rather than fur, an actual hairline (unlike apes and like humans) and nails rather than claws – again, just like us.
Needs us – The unique and important Leuser Ecosystem, and other Orangutan habitat, is threatened by deforestation and poaching. You can read about our own efforts in the region here.
Love their mothers – Orangutan babies stay with their mothers for around 6 or 7 years, and even though they are considered solitary animals, will often visit their mothers into adulthood.
Tons of personality – Studies have shown that Orangutan share these personality traits with humans: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.
Now that you have all the information, please VOTE for which animal you think makes the best Valentine!