The dry forests of the Andes are being cut down to make way for agricultural land, oil extraction and the building of new roads. This development is pushing Andean bears, also known as spectacled bears, closer to extinction.
Andean bears are believed to be left in the wild
The number of countries this bear can be found in
The Andean bear plays a vital role in the survival of these dry forests by dispersing seeds from the fruit that they eat.
Populations are breaking up and becoming isolated in the remaining patches of dry forest habitat. As a result of their homes shrinking they are wandering into agricultural land in the search for food. This has led to tension between local communities and the bears; they are being hunted and killed in retaliation for damaging crops and livestock.
Their future is uncertain, that’s why we’re stepping up to help protect Andean bears and reduce human-wildlife conflict in Bolivia to stop their numbers from declining even further.
NOW is the time to act and save this beautiful bear species, also considered gardeners of the Andes. If this species were to disappear it would have a massive impact on the ecosystem and the remaining wildlife living in this part of the world. One single bear disperses enough seeds in one day to convert your backyard into a little dry forest.
No bears, no forest.