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Habitat loss has made this elusive bear vulnerable in the wild. As a founding member of Andean Bear Conservation Alliance, the Zoo has worked with field scientist Isaac Goldstein for more than 10 years to create and implement tools and programs to monitor bear populations. These methods are now being used in 15 protected areas and are the national standard in the Colombian National Park System.
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. Populations throughout their range are vulnerable due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. 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.
As a founding member of Andean Bear Conservation Alliance (ABCA), the Zoo has worked with field scientist Isaac Goldstein for more than 10 years to create and implement tools and programs to monitor bear populations. ABCA is a partnership initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in collaboration with other partners working to create range-wide conservation plans for the Andean bear.
ABCA is currently protecting Andean bears by:
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Future for Wildlife program protects Andean bears by:
Join our efforts to secure a future for Andean bears.
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