Bear research: Andean
bears are an endangered species vulnerable to extinction and there are
thought to be fewer than 20,000 wild Andean or spectacled bears.
Little is known about the species, compared to the other
bears. Our two biologists are researching wild Andean bears in
different areas of Ecuador. A completed field study in the Intag
region of Ecuador established the
size of the bears' home ranges and helped to understand more about
their use of habitat.
Andean Bear & Ecosystem Study -
an ambitious research program studying many aspects of the Andean bear
and its interactions with the ecosystem, with the aim of using the
knowledge gained to mitigate human-bear conflict and promote
conservation of the species. Read more about the Andean Bear & Ecosystem Study.
Field Station -
the base for the Andean Bear & Ecosystem Study, our field station
is surrounded by prime bear habitat in Imbabura Province in the north
of Ecuador, and can be visited by study groups as well as being home to
volunteers. See more about the field station.
Andean Bear / Tapir Study - a research project in the Papallacta area tracking Andean bears and mountain tapirs. Read more about the Andean Bear / Tapir Study.
Home Ranges - as
a result of our field studies and research in the Intag region, more is now understood
space that Andean bears need to survive - information
vital for conservation. Find out more about Andean Bear Home Ranges.
Bear Capture & Tracking -
this research project captures and radio-collars Andean bears to track
movements and understand more about their needs, in order to produce an
effective bear conservation plan.
See more about how we capture
and track bears.
Research Interests -
there is still much to learn about the Andean bear and there are
research opportunities for PhD and Masters students with the project.
See topics for Andean
bear research opportunities.
Bear Papers and Links
bear articles and publications published by this project in English and
Spanish. Links to our partner projects and other bear
research initiatives around the world, not just for Andean bears but
for other bear species as well.
See the list of Andean
papers published and links to other bear websites.
Bear Conservation Project: Bear Research
Research into Andean bears, also known as
spectacled bears or Tremarctos
includes field study in Ecuador carried out by
the Andean Bear Conservation Project.