Meet our amazing Andean bears and watch how they climb!

Andean bears, also known as the spectacled bear due to the common white markings around each eye, are the only bear species native to South America and the only remaining species of short-faced bear in the world.

See if you can spot our beloved bear duo, Quechua and Bahia, in the Cloud Forest exhibit that they share with the bush dogs and howler monkeys. Their home is full of tall trees to climb and plenty of space to explore, as well as a cosy indoor area for much-needed bear naps.

Spectacled bear relaxes in a tree at Jersey Zoo
Animal facts

Key facts about the Andean bear

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I'm found in South America

Andean bears live in the forests on the eastern slopes of the Andean mountains.

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My favourite food is fruit

Andean bears are omnivores and will also eat nuts, berries, grasses, small animals and insects.

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Paddington Bear is an Andean bear

Unlike Paddington, our bears don't eat marmalade sandwiches!


Estimated wild population


Altitude they climb to


Male's maximum length

Andean bears at Jersey Zoo

Meet the bears

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Quechua – aka Chui

Recognised by the markings above his right eye, Chui enjoys eating peanuts and pears, and loves to climb trees!

Spectacled bear at Jersey Zoo
Bahia – aka Princess

Bahia is nicknamed Princess by our keepers, because her markings look like she’s wearing a tiara and she has the attitude to match!

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A declining wild population

There are thought to be around 6,000 to 10,000 Andean bears left in the wild. Like so many of the animals we work with, their biggest threats come from humans and include the destruction of habitat for roads, cities and farming, hunting for meat, and being killed as agricultural pests.

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Safeguarding the Andean bear population

The Andean bears at Jersey Zoo are valuable contributors to a breeding programme that was launched to save this species.

This captive population, built up over the years by a number of zoos working together, will safeguard the species from extinction and could provide bears for reintroduction to areas where they have been eradicated.

Help us care for our bears