Mammal

Andean Bear

Area: 
Venezuela to Bolivia
Habitat: 
Forests, grasslands, and scrublands
Food: 
Fruit, palm fronds, rodents, and insects
Size: 
5 ½ to 6 ½ feet long; males are larger than females
Babies: 
Cubs leave the den for the first time at about 3 months old, often riding on their mother’s back.
Andean bears make sounds other bears don’t, like screeching and purring.
Bear in the Air

 

 

Most types of bears are good at climbing trees, but Andean bears eat and sleep in them. Their long, sharp clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. help them get a grip on the tree bark. Up in the forestAn area with many trees. canopyThe second-highest, spreading, branchy layer of trees in a rain forest., these bears search for food like fruit, leaves, and insects. When they are tired, they gather leafy branches to make a platform bed.

 

Eating fruit helps make these bears important to the forestAn area with many trees. ecologyThe study of animals, plants, and their environment (the world around them).. The fruit seeds they swallow end up in the bears’ droppingsThe dung, or fecal matter, of animals., sprout, and grow into new trees. As a bear moves from place to place, it helps the forestAn area with many trees. grow.