Robyn Appleton

Robyn Appleton is founder and research director for the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society - Peru (SBC). SBC is a Canadian non-profit organization that was registered in British Columbia in 2009. Robyn holds a professional masters degree from Simon Fraser University and is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in the Center for Applied Conservation Biology.

After attending her first International Conference for the Association for Bear Research and Management ten years ago she noted that there was a real need for research on the Spectacled Bear, designated as vulnerable by the IUCN and it’s dry forest habitat listed as endangered.   So little was know about this bears natural history as global research efforts are on Giant Pandas, Polar bears, Black bears and Grizzly bears.

In 2006 in northern Peru , Robyn connected with ex-hunter and now conservationist Javier Vallejos and together they spent the next eight months in various field locations searching for spectacled bears. Their determination paid off as they discovered a population of bears at low elevations.  Since then, she and her team have conducted the first observation study on wild spectacled bears, discovered the first active maternal den site, and fitted the first wild Peruvian spectacle bear with a GPS collar. Robyn has presented her findings around the world. She plans to continue her research in the dry forests of Northern Peru, raising awareness of spectacled bears and bringing global attention to their plight and the future challenges facing their dry forest habitat and ecosystem.



Research. Education. Community Outreach.