Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), also known as the Andean bear or Andean short-faced bear and locally as jukumari (Aymara), ukumari (Quechua) or ukuku, is the last remaining short-faced bear (subfamily Tremarctinae) and the only surviving species of bear native to South America.

They are only one of two extant bear species that are habitually arboreal (they move their prey’s bodies upon trees, like leopards), alongside the American (Ursus americanus) and Asian black bears (U. thibetanus) and the sun bears (Helarctos malayanus). They can climb even the tallest trees of the Andes. Once up a tree, they may often build a platform, perhaps to aid in concealment, as well as to rest and store food on.

They are more herbivorous than most other bears; normally about 5 to 7% of their diets is meat. Photo: zoochat.com