Andean Bear

Andean Bear

Andean Bear
Tremarctos ornatus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Ursidae

Range

Western Venezuela south to Bolivia


Habitat

In the Andes and outlying mountain ranges; forests, grasslands, and scrublands


Diet

Fruits and bromeliads; berries, grasses, bulbs, cactus flowers, insects, and small animals such as rodents, rabbits, and birds

Weight

Female 132 – 176 lbs
Male 220 – 386 lbs

Size

5.5 – 6.5 feet

Gestation

65 days

Young

1 - 3 (Usually 2)

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

CITES

Appendix I

Facts

  • Only species of bear found in South America.
  • They are true arboreal bears, using their long, sharp front claws to climb and forage for food. Also a good swimmer.
  • Thought to use vocal communication more than any other bear except the giant panda.
  • Its markings on its head, throat, and chest is unique to each individual, like a human's fingerprint.
  • One to three cubs are born from November to February.


Conservation

Habitat loss and fragmentation due to conversion to farmland, mining, and deforestation for lumber. Killed by humans who believe they are a threat to crops and livestock. Hunted in the past for their meat, fat, and body parts. Wild populations are unknown.

Vulnerable

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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