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Andes mountains in Western South America

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.

HABITATDense forest mainly, also rainforest, steppe lands and coastal scrub
DIETPlants, fruits, berries, cacti, tree bark, honey, some small rodents, insects and birds
LIFE Expectancy20 years

Fun Fact
The national animal symbols for Belize are the keel-billed toucan and the Baird's tapir.
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