Searching for the Golden Moon Bear

Searching for the Golden Moon Bear

Science and Adventure in Southeast Asia

Book - 2002
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Sy Montgomery "is a modern miracle," says "Book" magazine, "bawdy, brave, inventive, prophetic, hell-bent on loving this planet." Writing as she does about animals and people at a turning point in our history, Montgomery has shown us that we share our planet with the most outlandish creatures. She's documented great apes, man-eating tigers, and pink river dolphins, but her latest muse, the golden moon bear, is an animal whose name and appearance evoke another world altogether.

Only eight bear species are known to science: the American black bear; the grizzly; the polar bear; the South American spectacled bear; Asia's sun bear, moon bear, and sloth bear; and the Chinese panda. The moon bears' lineage (most similar to that of the American black bear) as black-coated mountain dwellers had never been challenged -- until, on the edge of the new millennium, Montgomery and her scientific colleagues turned up this new golden form.

"Search for the Golden Moon Bear" travels to Southeast Asia, home of these luminous bears, for a look through the broken mirror of the evolutionary record into the present day. Hobnobbing with scientists an

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002.
ISBN: 9780743205849
0743205847
Branch Call Number: 599.78 MON
Characteristics: 324 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill., map ; 25 cm.

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