Wild Bears of the World

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This book portrays bears and the panda as more than just an interesting group of animals. Although they are fascinating in many respects of their biology, they are also symbolic of the natural world, both in their own right and in the way that we humans treat them. The authors present a picture which encompasses science, natural history and another deeper - almost spiritual - aspect of bears. What emerges is an engrossing story of their lives and deaths. The book starts by explaining how and why bears have meant so much from early in our evolutionary history, how they have bridged the gap between the natural and spiritual worlds; and how, even today, they hold a special place in our society. It then describes the bears' position and uniqueness among carnivores, introduces the living species, charts their evolutionary history, tells how they live, what they eat, how they cope with their habitats, and looks at their behavior. It concludes with a re-examination of the interrelationship they have with us; how they suffer by our hand and how attempts are being made to reverse the damage we have done.
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Discusses the natural history and spiritual aspects of bears, with chapters on wild bears' place in ancient and contemporary societies, their evolution, classification, feeding habits, behavior, and conservation. Illustrated with a wealth of color photos, especially of polar bears and pandas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816032457
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Of the World Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Preface 7
1 Spirits of the Wilderness 9
2 Classification, Form and Function 35
3 Evolution of Bears 64
4 Food, Feeding and Energetics 82
5 Behaviour 116
6 Conservation 153
Glossary 184
Further Reading 187
Index 188
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