Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear is also known as the Andean Bear and is the only bear found in South America. Each individual spectacled bear has its own distinctive set, or "fingerprint," of cream or whitish markings on its head, throat, and chest.

The spectacled bear is extremely shy and secretive in the wild. Because it eats fruits and berries, it is instrumental in dispersing seeds in the forest.

South America

At A Glance


Dense forest mainly, also rainforest, steppe lands and coastal scrub


Plants, fruits, berries, cacti, tree bark, honey, some small rodents, insects and birds


Andes mountains in Western South America