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Andean Bears

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Species
Andean bear, Tremarctos ornatus
  • Vulnerable
  • Area
    Andes Mountains in Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina

    Andean bear populations are predicted to reduce by more than 30% over the next 30 years. There is a compelling need to produce updated information its distribution and status throughout its range.

    The Andean or spectacled bear is the only representative of the family Ursidae in Latin America, and the only extant species of the sub-family Tremarctinae (short-faced bears) remaining in the world. Together with the jaguar and the woolly mountain tapir, the Andean bear is one of the largest mammals in the fragile Tropical Andes, the richest and most diverse region on earth.

    Updated Information is Needed about Andean Bears

    Andean bear populations are predicted to reduce by more than 30% over the next 30 years. The most important threats to Andean bear survival are habitat reduction and fragmentation and human induced mortality. Additionally, our lack of knowledge about the bear’s range and its relationship to its habitat makes effective management difficult. There is a compelling need to produce updated information about Andean bear distribution and status throughout its range. We not only need to produce information where none exists, but to promote an ongoing effort to asses information on the conservation state of wilderness areas, bear populations and threats.

    Capacity Building is the Cornerstone of this Initiative

    A large group of specially trained people and institutions working to gather information and implement conservation measures is the key to the preservation of many populations of Andean bears. Building capacities throughout the Andean bear range will increase the number and people and institutions prepared to assess the state of the populations and to establish conservation actions. All of our projects have strong working relationships in all of the countries of the Andean bear’s range and the research methods and training we are proposing have already proven successful. All money raised will be leveraged and more than matched by the governmental and private agencies in each country. This will allow us to have a “multiplier effect” and to achieve results at a faster rate.

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