By Sy Montgomery
Sy Montgomery "is a contemporary miracle," says Book journal, "bawdy, courageous, creative, prophetic, hell-bent on loving this planet." Writing as she does approximately animals and other people at a turning aspect in our heritage, Montgomery has proven us that we percentage our planet with the main outlandish creatures. She's documented nice apes, man-eating tigers, and crimson river dolphins, yet her most modern muse, the golden moon undergo, is an animal whose identify and visual appeal evoke one other international altogether.
simply 8 undergo species are recognized to technology: the yank black undergo; the grizzly; the polar endure; the South American spectacled undergo; Asia's solar undergo, moon undergo, and sloth endure; and the chinese language panda. The moon bears' lineage (most just like that of the yank black endure) as black-coated mountain dwellers had by no means been challenged -- till, at the fringe of the hot millennium, Montgomery and her clinical 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 reflect of the evolutionary checklist 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 should not consistently good. With endure paws coveted as culinary treats, and endure components administered as medication for every little thing from anxiety to cardiovascular disease, the bears' international is a dangerous one -- simply because it is for people. In pursuit of a brand new species, those scientists and adventurers stumble upon hazard and mayhem at each flip -- using bikes throughout energetic minefields, evading armed military for a glimpse of moon bears, pulling hairs from reside bears for DNA assessments.
Search for the Golden Moon Bear is a box file from the frontiers of technological know-how and the ends of the earth, seamlessly weaving jointly folklore, common heritage, and modern learn right into a great travelogue.