Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species

Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species

by Sy Montgomery
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Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery "is a modern miracle," says Book magazine, "bawdy, brave, inventive, prophetic, hellbent 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 and locals, Montgomery pieces together a living portrait of her elusive subject. "When the bear is well," says one Cambodian zookeeper, "he is [a] nice animal, like a friend." But the bears are not always well. With bear paws coveted as culinary treats, and bear parts administered as medicine for everything from nervousness to heart problems, the bears' world is a perilous one -- just as it is for humans. In pursuit of a new species, these scientists and adventurers encounter danger and mayhem at every turn -- riding motorcycles across active minefields, evading armed militia for a glimpse of moon bears, pulling hairs from live bears for DNA tests. Search for the Golden Moon Bear is a field report from the frontiers of science and the ends of the earth, seamlessly weaving together folklore, natural history, and contemporary research into a fantastic travelogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743205849
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.84(w) x 9.92(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Researching articles, films, and her twenty-one books for adults and children, bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels, and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards.) Her books for adults include The Soul of an Octopus (a National Book Award finalist), The Good Good Pig, Birdology, Spell of the Tiger, Journey of the Pink Dolphins, and Walking with the Great Apes. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie, Thurber, and their flock of free-range laying hens.

Hometown:

Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany

Education:

Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

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Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DorisM More than 1 year ago
The bears of Southeast Asia are in danger due to among other thing the loss of habitat and poaching. Some may become extinct before their names are recorded by science. In certain remote areas the structure of the language spoken might be hindering the collection of information. If you enjoy reading about travel to remote areas and learning about the people, animals, culture, and environment from a natural science perspective you will enjoy this book and choose to follow the author on her search for the Golden Moon Bear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Camp is at 'sky moon'. There was a mistake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He wakes up, realizing Goldenclaw isnt here. He stretches and starts to pad back to camp. &bull;|<Redmoon>|&bull;