GROW Colombia: recovering the Andean Bear

Famous for the much-loved children’s character ‘Paddington Bear’, the spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear, is South America’s only bear species and one of the most iconic mammals of the Tropical Andes.

As part of our £6.5million genomics project GROW Colombia, working with the Natural History Museum in London and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia, we will contribute to the conservation of this vulnerable species by identifying the factors involved in its population decline – helping to promote the country’s breathtaking biodiversity while making a positive economic and social impact on local communities.

We speak to the Post-Doctoral Scientist Adam Ciezarek, working closely with Dr Wilfried Haerty and Professor Federica Di Palma, about the research project.

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