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Andean Bear SAFE

Welcome to the Andean Bear SAFE Program Website.  SAFE; Saving Animals From Extinction, is accredited through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). 

The Andean Bear SAFE Program strives to educate others about Andean Bears, current research projects, habitat protection, and more. Scroll through our site to learn more about our program and how you can get involved.



Bear species native to South America 


Andean Bears in Zoos around the world


Andean Bear SAFE Program partners 


Conservation projects involving Andean Bears

All About Andeans

What is an Andean Bear? Where is it found and what does it eat?

Learn all about these intriguing 'masked' bears and what makes them unique from the other seven species of bears.

Image by Jan Kronies

Andean Bear SAFE 

Learn more about our Andean Bear SAFE team and what AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction programs do. See how programs such as SAFE work to help conserve and raise awareness about Andean Bears and other species.

Conservation Efforts

Facilities around the world are working to learn more about these captivating bears both in captivity and in the wild.  Learn more about their research efforts, such as camera traps, and how they are contributing towards Andean Bear conservation efforts 



Looking to learn more about Andean Bears for for a lesson plan or for a keeper project?  Click here to access  Andean Bear resources for a variety of age ranges and focus groups 

Andean Bear Day

Put your paws to the sky and learn how you can participate in celebrating Andean Bear Day on July 21st. Andean Bear Day focuses on conservation education and raising awareness about Andean Bears.

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