Peru is home to a number of exotic species that you may not find anywhere else in the world. This is because it is a very complex ecosystem and surrounded by the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific Ocean and also the plains. Many of these animals are endangered and are in great danger of going extinct. One such animal is the spectacled bear which is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. The spectacled bear is also known as the Andean bear or the mountain bear. It is the last remaining short faced bear and all of its relatives have gone extinct.
The habitat of the bespectacled bear
The spectacled bear is native to South America and it is the only bear that is native to the continent. It has a black for but some may even look slightly brownish or reddish. Male bears are 33% larger than females ones, and they also weigh much more. They are indigenous to Peru, they can also be found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and even Argentina. However all their numbers are declining gradually and they are considered to be extremely vulnerable due to being at risk of being poached or killed.
Why are they poached?
The bespectacled bear is often suspected of killing cattle, and many farmers shoot them on sight. They usually eat the carcass of cattle and farmers off and suspect them of having killed the particular animal. However, the beers may have just eaten the carrion of the animal. The great need to raise awareness among farmers that the bespectacled bear does not kill cattle indiscriminately and that the bespectacled bear is an endangered species.
Where can you spot the bespectacled bear?
If you are planning to travel to Peru sometime in future, once the crisis of coronavirus is over, you might want to learn more about the bespectacled bear. If you would like to learn more about how you can catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals, give us a call today.