The Spectacled Bear, also called the Andean Bear, is the only
remaining bear native to South America. It lives in the
northern Andean forests. The light pattern on its dark face
can often take the shape of spectacle frames, giving it its
In additon to the "spectacles" (not all facial markings are
spectacles), it has a light muzzle and
often has light speckling or patches around the face or neck
on an otherwise black or very dark brown coat.
The Spectacled Bear is largely vegetarian, but does eat some meat.
Males and females have a similar appearance but males are usually
Its status in the wild is "vulnerable" due to habitat loss,
particularly loss of trees, and to hunting.