Also known as the Andean Bear, the spectacled bear is named this way due to the white patches that encircle its eyes similar to eyeglasses. These lines are different in every bear and not all have them.
The spectacled bear is the only species of bear in South America. It’s a shy species that climbs to the heights of the Andes and only descends in search of food.
The Andean bear is in vulnerable state. This is mainly because its habitat has been destroyed and torn in half by highways and oil pipelines. Additionally, farmers kill them when they eat their crops and poachers hunt them for meat and body parts.