Saturday, December 12, 2009

Camera Critters

It's Camera Critters time!
Misty is our wonderful hostess over at Camera Critters.
Be sure to visit.



Spectacled bear

Another visit to the Houston Zoo.
This time to see the Spectacled Bear.

The Andean or spectacled bear of South America gets one of its common names from the rings of white or light fur around its eyes, which look like eyeglasses (or spectacles) against the rest of the black or dark brown fur. These markings often extend down the chest, giving each bear a unique appearance (and helping researchers identify bears by their "mug shots!"). The markings also give the bear its scientific name: Tremarctos ornatus, or decorated bear.

Normally diurnal, very little is known about these bears in the wild. They are shy, tend to avoid humans.

The habitat of the Andean bear is being destroyed for mining operations, farming, and lumber. The construction of new roads fragments bear habitat as well. As their habitat shrinks, bears may stray onto farmland, feeding on the crops that replaced their natural diet. These bears have been hunted in the past for their meat, fat, and body parts, but they are now protected from international trade.

The Andean bear is one of the flagship species of national parks in the Andes. This means that the bear, an animal that people recognize easily, is used as the symbol of the parks. Local people in bear habitats are being educated about the benefits of preserving habitat for the bears for tourism, for the protection of water sources, and for the natural heritage of future generations.



22 comments:

Dirkjogt said...

Very nice picture, great to see.

eileeninmd said...

Nice shots of teh bear, they are different looking.

Sarah said...

Oh..we had some of those in the Pheonix zoo when I lived there!! Beautiful aren't they!!
Hugs to you hon, Sarah

Denise said...

Amazing bears, such interesting markings. Thanks for the video also and also for the very enjoyable post.

Ladynred said...

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maryt/theteach said...

snap, I don't do camera critters but i love your bear!! :)

roostreehouse said...

oh my goodness what a funny little-er, big-bear!

I popped over from the Treehouse to thank you for leaving Vanessa some birthday wishes!


I love love love the silent monks. CRAZY!

Have a lovely day!
XOXOX

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

What a lovely pair of bears. When one of them was in the water and all you can see is its head, it looked like a dog. Beautiful coloring and I love the idea that they are like an old married couple.

chubskulit said...

good looking bears!

Did you ever ride a carabao?

Martha in PA said...

Too cute!

My CC

eden said...

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the video. Great entry.

My entry

marinik said...

that's a great shot

Rosa said...

Wouldn't want to meet them in the woods. But they are gorgeous. xo

onangelwings said...

What an interesting face on that bear.

Kim Mailhot said...

I have never heard of these magnificent creatures ! Thanks for the lesson, Teach !
Wishing your and Mr. Dragon a cozy, peaceful Sunday.

dosfishes said...

I always learn so much from your camera critters. Great little video the zoo does.

These bears are really sweet looking.

Have a happy Sunday.

Corrine

NatureFootstep said...

Interesting post, I have never seen this one as I can recall. Thanks for sharing.

storyteller said...

Wonderful post ... nifty friendship! Thanks for your visit to Small Reflections ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

nonizamboni said...

A decorated bear--what will they think of next!? Seriously, thanks for giving us one more beautiful creature to love [and protect].
Please know Mr. & Mrs. Dragon are in my thoughts this week...

Janie said...

Beautiful bears with their unique markings. I enjoyed reading and seeing the video about them.

sherry ♥ lee said...

What a beautiful bear...there is something almost vulnerable about these creatures...I'm sure I wouldn't want to be alone with one...they probably aren't THAT vulnerable, but they do look so awfully sweet!

Wren said...

What a cutie! I think the Houston Zoo just went on my to-visit list.