In the Andes and outlying mountain ranges; forests, grasslands, and scrublands
Fruits and bromeliads; berries, grasses, bulbs, cactus flowers, insects, and small animals such as rodents, rabbits, and birds
Female 132 – 176 lbs Male 220 – 386 lbs
5.5 – 6.5 feet
1 - 3 (Usually 2)
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.
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.
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301