|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|
Come visit Diamond on Bear Ridge.
- 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.