Andean Bear Keeper Talk
01/13/2019, 2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
Weekly on Sunday
Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear map
Andean bears, sometimes known as spectacled bears, can be recognized by the rings of lightly-colored fur around their eyes and are the only bears native to South America. They are considered to be the most herbivorous of all bear species, as well as the most arboreal, searching for food in trees and building leafy platforms to feed and sleep on. These bears play an important role in forest ecology because of their diet: as they travel, they disperse seeds in their droppings, maintaining the presence of fruit trees in the forest. You can see our Andean bears in Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear.