The Andean Bear Photo by Denise Vasquez

Photo: Denise Vasquez ©2017

The Andean Bear got their name because they live in the Andes. They are also known as the Spectacled bears because the light markings around the eyes makes it look like it's wearing spectacles. The spectacled bears are diurnal, elusive, peaceful, shy & avoid contact with humans, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this one chilling out in the open at The San Diego Zoo on a hot summer day! Andean bears are accustomed to tropical climate so they don't hibernate and are active all year long. They use their big, beautiful, long, sharp front  claws to climb & get food. Their biggest threats come from humans, so maybe they're nor shy at all, maybe they stay away from humans for survival!