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Andean Bear Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Tremarctos ornatus
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Carnivora
  • Range

    The only bear in South America, the Andean bear can be found from Panama through Peru.

  • Habitat

    The Andean bear prefers rain forest habitats at elevated altitudes.

  • Niche

    The Andean bear is the least carnivorous bear species, favoring fruits, berries and roots. As an omnivore, however, the species will also eat the occasional rodent or carrion. They are primarily nocturnal.

  • Life History

    Males and females come together only for breeding. Female Andean bears give birth to one-three cubs in dens. These cubs are cared for by the mother for four–six months, until they can venture off on their own.

  • Special Adaptations

    • Strong claws help Andean bears climb trees in search of fruits and leaves.
    • The Andean bear's excellent sense of smell helps it to locate food, particularly ripe fruit.

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