Spectacled Bear

Spectacled bear

The spectacled bear is the only South American member of the bear family. Spectacled bears have black to dark brown fur with white-yellow markings around the face, hence the name “spectacled.” The species occupies habitats that include coastal and inland deserts, dry forest, rain forest, cloud forest, steppe, and paramo.

There are an estimated 2000 to 2400 remaining spectacled bears in the wild. CITES lists them in Appendix I – “Most restricted; species threatened with extinction.”

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