Spectacled Bear


Because of their excellent climbing skills, spectacled bears spend a fair amount of time in trees and create “nests” in the understory for foraging and sleeping.

Spectacled bears are excellent climbers and spend a fair amount of time in trees.

One of the more unique features of Andean bears is their construction and use of platforms or “nests” which the bears create in the understory of the trees. These platforms allow the bear to obtain easier access to food high in the canopy, provide concealment, and are also used for sleeping.

Sources: (Castellanos, 2011; Fenner, 2012; Fernando del Moral; Hunter, 2011; LaFee, 2009; Nowak, 1999; Servheen, Herrero, & Peyton, 1999)
Image: Tambako the Jaguar


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