Spectacled Bear

Tremarctos ornatus

The only bear native to South America, the spectacled bear is the most arboreal of the bears. Long sharp claws are used to climb trees. Folding over tree branches, the bear forms a platform from which to forage on fruits. It may sleep and feed from its nest for days.

Fact File

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where to see themWhere to see them: Bear Hill
lengthLength: 4.3 to 6.6 ft
weightWeight: Male – 220 to 440 lbs, Female – 130 to 175 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 39 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Mountain forests, grasslands, and scrub desert
dietDiet: Primarily fruits, bromeliads, bamboo, cactus, and other plants, some small animals
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)