The Bear and the Ant originates from a meeting of different professional orientations, all motivated by a common desire to exploit their respective technical, artistic and cultural skills to create a multimedia product featuring the Apennine brown bear, as innovative as possible and able to offer the general public a virtual but highly realistic experience of this animal’s ecological context.
Bears have given me many powers, including being amazed every day by even the smallest discoveries and keeping me ever curious about life and people
Elisabetta Tosoni was born in Rome in 1975 and since 2005 has spent most of her life in the Abruzzo mountains. She graduated in Biological Sciences in 2002 at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, working on wolves in the Apennines. In 2003, she deepened their knowledge in ecology, winning a scholarship at the University of Calgary. She obtained a PhD in Animal Biology in 2010 with a thesis on the Marsican brown bears in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. From 2003 to 2020 she consolidated her interest in the biology, ecology, conservation and management of large carnivores, working full-time in research activities on bears and wolves, diversifying her experience in national contexts in collaboration with park authorities, universities and the Unione Zoologica Italiana. She is author of publications and at least ten articles published in scientific journals and she has participated in scientific communications initiatives for the general public (e.g. nature evenings, public meetings, design and implementation of educational and training tools). Passionate about science, communications and art from an early age, she has attended not only refresher courses in her professional and scientific sector, but has also deepened her knowledge in the field of environmental interpretation, forest schools, theatre, reading for children and photography.
From the bear, I learned to look at the environment no longer as a set of isolated elements, but as a dense network of connections, which ultimately represents the great mystery of Nature
Bruno D’Amicis was born in Rome in 1979 and since 2008 has lived and worked in the shadows of the Abruzzo mountains, although he often travels abroad for his projects. He has a degree in Biological Sciences and has been a professional photographer since 2004, with a strong interest in the conservation of natural environments and biodiversity. His work has been published and displayed worldwide, winning awards such as first prize in the World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year contests. His images are regularly published in magazines such as National Geographic, GEO and BBC Wildlife. Bruno collaborates with protected areas, foundations and NGOs in Italy and around the world and has often been invited as a speaker on television and at prestigious events throughout Europe. An honorary member of the Fotografi Naturalisti Italiani Association and vice-president of the Rewilding Apennines Association, he is mainly involved in multimedia photography, promulgation and conservation projects in various countries around the world and in his beloved Apennines. These include the “L’Altro Versante” project entirely dedicated to the Italian landscape and “Il battito della foresta”, in collaboration with Umberto Esposito, focussing on the Apennine beech forests. Bruno is also the author of seven books, including the acclaimed “Tempo da Lupi” bringing together the best of his work on the Apennine wolf and the guidebook “Vivi il Parco – Alla scoperta del Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise”, produced together with Umberto Esposito. His website is www.brunodamicis.com
The history of bears in the Apennines is strongly linked to that of “my” mountains and the current situation is the result of a cultural evolution that has seen men and bears confront, adapt and ultimately tolerate each other.
Umberto Esposito was born in Sora (Lazio) in 1982, but lives and works in Abruzzo. After finishing his studies, he began his career as a nature guide, qualifying as a hiking instructor in the Abruzzo Register of Mountain Guides and combining two great passions, nature and photography, in one profession. In 2009 he created Wildlife Adventures committed to education and hiking, with the mission of bringing people closer to nature. He is responsible for several publicity campaigns and collaborates regularly with protected areas and NGOs in Italy and Europe. In 2017, in collaboration with Bruno D’Amicis and after working for a long time in Europe’s most ancient beech forests, he published the multimedia project “Il battito della foresta”, followed by the volume “Il Segreto dei Giganti”. He is co-author of the guidebook “Vivi il Parco – Alla scoperta del Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise”. His website is www.wildlifeadventures.it
ART & DESIGN
Lorenzo Peter Castelletto
Francesco Sorace Maresca