IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Visit us at: Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Spectacled bears, also known as Andean bears, are omnivorous with less than 10% of their diet coming from meat. The rest comes from fruits, nuts, cactus, orchids and a range of other vegetation. They are excellent climbers and wild individuals have been spotted climbing 500m or more to feast on snails found on cliff faces and mountainsides.
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Spectacled bears have been observed gathering to feast on wild avocados as they ripen in Ecuador's Maquipucuna cloud forest for around 10 weeks each year.
Lifespan: Up to 26 years
Weight: Males 110-160kg, Females 50-90kg
Size: Height: 0.9m, Length: 1.8m
Diet detail: Wild: bromeliads, orchids, roots, tubers, fruits, snails, nuts, insects and eggs. Captive: root veg and various fruit, eggs, insects and nuts
Did you know?: Male spectacled bears are almost twice the weight of females. Can you tell which is which?
Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Where to see our spectacled bears
Our spectacled bears live at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent.