Elusive yet charismatic, Andean Bears are the only surviving species of bear native to South America, and the last remaining of the short-faced bears in the world. Experts predict that that Andean Bears will be considered endangered in the next 20 years. Research on bear distribution and numbers is needed to design effective conservation strategies for this threatened species. The Andean Bear Conservation Alliance represents a collaborative, coordinated, and efficient approach to the conservation of the Andean bear throughout its range. ABCA is a partnership initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in collaboration with the IUCN Bear Specialist Group and other partners working to create range-wide conservation plans for the Andean bear.
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Download the FFW Andean Bear Conservation One Sheet