Paddington Bear may have arrived in London from “darkest Peru” back in the 1950s, but his brethren still roam the tropical forests from Venezuela to Bolivia. The spectacled, or Andean, bear is South America’s only bear species, and forest fragmentation and agriculture have reduced its habitat and caused its numbers to diminish. In the river valley just beneath Machu Picchu, the Inkaterra Asociación’s Andean Bear Rescue Center rescues and rehabilitates these bears with the aim of returning them to the wild, and maintaining the balance of the forest ecosystem. Meet the people—and the bears—involved in the project in the video below.
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