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.
The Spectacled Bear Tremarctos ornatus, also known as the Andean bear, is the only living bear species that is native to South America. They are the sole survivors of a subfamily of short-faced bears that ranged across North and South America during the last ice age. The spectacled bear is one of the most endangered bear species in the world, second only to the giant panda bear, to which they are the closest related.