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This premier episode of the One World Science podcast explores the iconography and ecology of spectacled bears. Elusive and poorly understood -- yet also in conflict with human development -- South America's only native bear species inhabits not just a fragmented range, but also a unique position at the intersection of culture and conservation.

Special thanks to all of our guests on this episode:

Dr. Thomas Regele, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Montana State University-Billings

Travis Vineyard, Curator of Animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Dr. Isaac Goldstein, Coordinator of the Wildlife Conservation Society‘s Andean Bear Program and co-coordinator of the Andean Bear Conservation Alliance

Flynn Vickowski, Fulbright grantee researching bears in Peru. Read her blog at:

Deep gratitude also to:

Podington Bear, who provided the wonderful music throughout this episode under Creative Commons licensing (CC BY-NC 3.0)

Gretchen Bailey for beautifully playing the quena, a traditional flute of the Andes

Katie Corr, Education Specialist at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, for her unflagging support of this project

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