Spectacled Bear

(redirected from spectacled bears)
Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to spectacled bears: American black bears

Spectacled Bear

 

(Tremarctos ornatus,) a predacious mammal of the family Ursidae. The body length is 150–180 cm, the tail length 7–10 cm, and the shoulder height 75–80 cm. The weight is 70–140 kg. The fur is coal black or brownish black. The eyes are surrounded by white or yellowish rings, which are connected by a white semicircle on the throat. The snout is shorter than that of other bears. Spectacled bears have a life-span of approximately 20 years. They are found only in South America, where they are encountered in mountain forests at elevations to 3,000 m and, occasionally, in lowland savannas and thickets. The bears feed primarily on grass shoots, fruits, and rhizomes; occasionally they attack deer, guanacos, and vicuñas.

References in periodicals archive ?
This Frankfurt Zoological Society project is studying spectacled bears and trying to find ways to prevent human-bear conflict.
MOLECULAR SEXING FROM STOOLS IN SPECTACLED BEAR (Tremarctos ornatus)
Behind the orchid garden, I follow an overgrown path to the hotel's spectacled bear sanctuary where, being one of only two organisations operating in Peru, half the South American bear population resides.
Summary: Authorities in Peru have saved a four-month-old spectacled bear cub from poachers after her mother was attacked by hunters.
The Yasuni is also home to rare jaguars, endangered white-bellied spider monkeys, spectacled bears, and Indigenous tribes protected by international treaty.
I got to see some of the newest inhabitants of the Basel Zoo--ranging from newborn South American monkeys to some playful Spectacled Bears who are rather more local--and though I'm not a big animal lover, the 'awww' factor was definitely there.
In this volume, the essays are organized under four main topics: the path to extinction, with articles on whether humans are primarily responsible and whether species can recover; the impact of the Endangered Species Act, with articles both pro and con, some treating the scientific battle over the Klamath River; problems with endangered species conservation, such as whether parasitic species should be saved; and the fight to save endangered species, such as spectacled bears in Peru, ocelots in south Texas, and the return of the California condor.
Bears of the Cloud Forest; home to two Spectacled Bears is just one of a host of attractions along with Miniature Monkeys, which is home to some of the most enchanting and captivating species including Geoffroy's Marmosets, Black Lion Tamarins and Pied Tamarins.
This summer the Bear Factory is giving you the opportunity to adopt one of your very own Spectacled Bears from Chester Zoo.
Since the early 1990s, researchers have been applying the technique to spectacled bears, cougars, foxes, pine martens, chimpanzees, gorillas, and many other species.