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Spectacled Bears, Spectacled Bear Pictures, Spectacled Bear Facts

Map: Spectacled bear range

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Spectacled Bears, Spectacled Bear Pictures, Spectacled Bear Facts

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.

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Spectacled Bears, Spectacled Bear Pictures, Spectacled Bear Facts

Spectacled Bears, Spectacled Bear Pictures, Spectacled Bear Facts - National Geographic

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.

Spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus) are the last remaining representatives of the short-faced bears, and are the only bear species found in South America.

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.