"Andean bears are very curious animals," Lilian Painter, WCS's Bolivia country director, said in a press release. "But they are also very strong, and the cameras are like big flashing toys. Still, we were able to record important images that will allow us to better understand their distribution, abundance and behavior, and conserve these delightful bears into the future."
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The bears are classified as "vulnerable," but the population at this beautiful, protected part of Bolivia seems to be doing well. Elsewhere, things aren't so good. Their habitat outside of the area is increasingly being fragmented for agriculture, grazing lands and human settlements.
The more promising news is that Madidi National Park is a paradise for the bears and all kinds of other wildlife. It contains 11 percent of the world's birds, more than 200 species of mammals, 300 types of fish and 12,000 plant varieties.
Most animals probably hate to have their pictures taken, but sometimes there are surprises - like certain sloths that seem to pose and adore time in front of the camera. Hopefully the camera traps at Madidi will reveal more images and footage of wildlife in the months to come.