Andean Bear Fact Sheet

Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Tremarctos
Species: ornatus
Life span: About 20 years in the wild; up to 38 years under human care
Gestation: Ranges widely from 160 to 255 days.
Number of young: 1 to 4 in the wild. On average 2 cubs per female in captivity.
Age of maturity: 4 to 7 years
Size: 5.5 to 6.5 ft long, with males 30 to 50 percent larger than females
Weight: Females are 132 to 176 lbs; males are 220 to 386 lbs 

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  • Andean bears are the only bears found in South America
  • Andean bears are the only known bears to eat bromeliads
  • Has rings of white or light fur around its eyes. The rest of the bear’s fur is black or dark brown.
  • Mainly plant eaters, these bears are the most vegetarian members of the bear family aside from the bamboo-eating giant panda. Only about 5 percent of their diet is meat and usually rodents and insects.
  • Cubs can ride on the mothers back or she can carry a cub by clutching it to her chest with one front paw as she runs on three legs or walks on her hind legs.