By Sy Montgomery
Sy Montgomery "is a latest miracle," says Book journal, "bawdy, courageous, artistic, prophetic, hell-bent on loving this planet." Writing as she does approximately animals and folks at a turning element in our background, Montgomery has proven us that we percentage our planet with the main outlandish creatures. She's documented nice apes, man-eating tigers, and red river dolphins, yet her newest muse, the golden moon endure, is an animal whose identify and visual appeal evoke one other international altogether.
simply 8 undergo species are recognized to technology: the yank black endure; the grizzly; the polar endure; the South American spectacled endure; Asia's solar endure, moon endure, and sloth endure; and the chinese language panda. The moon bears' lineage (most just like that of the yankee black undergo) as black-coated mountain dwellers had by no means been challenged -- till, at the fringe of the recent millennium, Montgomery and her medical colleagues grew to become up this new golden shape.
Search for the Golden Moon Bear travels to Southeast Asia, domestic of those luminous bears, for a glance during the damaged replicate of the evolutionary list into the current day. Hobnobbing with scientists and locals, Montgomery items jointly a residing portrait of her elusive topic. "When the endure is well," says one Cambodian zookeeper, "he is [a] great animal, like a friend." however the bears aren't constantly good. With endure paws coveted as culinary treats, and undergo components administered as drugs for every thing from anxiousness to cardiovascular disease, the bears' international is a deadly one -- simply because it is for people. In pursuit of a brand new species, those scientists and adventurers stumble upon risk and mayhem at each flip -- driving bikes throughout energetic minefields, evading armed defense force for a glimpse of moon bears, pulling hairs from dwell bears for DNA assessments.
Search for the Golden Moon Bear is a box document from the frontiers of technology and the ends of the earth, seamlessly weaving jointly folklore, common heritage, and modern study right into a remarkable travelogue.