The spectacled bear is found in forests in the Andes mountains of South America. Romi introduces us to this interesting-looking bear …

About the spectacled bear:

  • The scientific name of the spectacled bear (or Andean bear) is Tremarctos ornatus.
  • It is the only bear species found in South America and it lives in the tropical Andes.
  • Spectacled bears are named for the markings around their eyes that look a bit like spectacles (eyeglasses or glasses).
  • The book character Paddington Bear is a spectacled bear.
  • Spectacled bears live in humid, montane forests. Montane means found on mountains.
  • The spectacled bear’s range has shrunk due to poaching and habitat destruction from forestry and agriculture.
  • Spectacled bears are carnivores, but only 5% of their diet is composed of meat!
  • They like to eat mostly berries, bromeliads (a type of plant), sugarcane, honey, and corn.
  • They are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

To learn more about spectacled bears, click on these Mongabay links:

Photos: South America’s adorable Andean bear

Videos: spectacled bear’s home in the dry forests of Peru revealed

Featured video: bears work together to take down camera traps

Original Candid Animal Cam story on Mongabay:

En Español:

Lee más aquí:

Romi says:

Special thanks to WWF-Peru for sharing this footage with us, and to the San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Ranch for additional footage.