In this story for Newshour on the BBC World Service I spent several days in the jungles surrounding Machu Picchu, Peru, discovering what conservationists are doing to halt the decline of the spectacled bear.
For many, the South American country of Peru will remind people more of a fictional Peruvian character than any human being. Originating from deepest, darkest Peru, the children’s character Paddington Bear has remained popular among children and adults since first appearing in print in 1958 – and as recently as 2014, Paddington became the subject of his own blockbuster movie.
But what about the real life Paddingtons? The Andean – or as they’re better known – Spectacled bears that inspired the stories? Well, for them life isn’t anywhere near as rosy. And just 2,000 of the species are believed to exist in the wild jungles of the Andes mountains – their habitat being encroached more and more each year by Peru’s big money spinning industry; tourism.
With more from the Peruvian Andes, Simon Parker reports.
You can listen to the full report here.
October 24, 2017