Elusive in their mountain forest homes, the Spectacled Bear, or Andean Bear, is the only species of bear in South America. Little is known about these shy, rare bears because of a lack of research and the remoteness of their habitat.
Spectacled bear: "Looking at a spectacled bear, you don't need too much imagination to see that its closest living relative is the giant panda. And after the panda, it is the most endangered bear." 100 Animals To See Before They Die www.bradtguides.com