By Sy Montgomery
Sy Montgomery "is a contemporary miracle," says Book journal, "bawdy, courageous, artistic, prophetic, hell-bent on loving this planet." Writing as she does approximately animals and other people 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 crimson river dolphins, yet her newest muse, the golden moon endure, is an animal whose identify and visual appeal evoke one other global altogether.
basically 8 undergo species are recognized to technological know-how: the yank black undergo; the grizzly; the polar undergo; the South American spectacled undergo; Asia's sunlight undergo, moon endure, and sloth undergo; and the chinese language panda. The moon bears' lineage (most just like that of the yank black undergo) 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 throughout the damaged replicate 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 undergo is well," says one Cambodian zookeeper, "he is [a] great animal, like a friend." however the bears should not consistently good. With undergo paws coveted as culinary treats, and endure elements administered as medication for every thing from anxiousness 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 come upon risk and mayhem at each flip -- using 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, typical historical past, and modern learn right into a fabulous travelogue.