ISBN: 9781603580632 Year Added to Catalog: 2008 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: Color photo insert Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Number of Pages: 336 Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Release Date: July 14, 2009 Web Product ID: 451
With a New Scientific Addendum by Gary Galbreath, PhD
"Sy Montgomery's work is in a class by itself. No safe, stay-at-home desk job for her--evidently unworried by minefields and bandits, she traveled in very dangerous parts of Southeast Asia, taking risks that make John Wayne look like a wussie, to learn about a rare and vanishing relative of the black bear. The result is her usual brilliance, a book that is as original and interesting as it is insightful and beautiful. The author does more for animals in any one of her books than most of us do in a lifetime."
—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs
Sy Montgomery has already shared with readers her amazing encounters with great apes, man-eating tigers, and pink river dolphins, but her latest muse is an animal whose name and appearance evoke another world altogether. Southeast Asia’s golden moon bear, with its luminous coat, lionlike mane, and Mickey Mouse ears, was unknown to science—until Montgomery and her colleagues got on the trail at the dawn of the new millennium.
Search for the Golden Moon Bear recounts Montgomery’s quest—fraught with danger and mayhem—to reconstruct an evolutionary record and piece together a living portrait of her littleknown subject. This beautiful animal is not just a scientific eureka! It is also a powerful symbol of conservation. 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 fantastic travelogue.
About the Author
"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson,"
as the Boston Globe describes her,
Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary
scriptwriter, and radio commentator
who has traveled to some of the world's most
remote wildernesses for her work. She has
worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes
in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India,
swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and
been undressed by an orangutan in Borneo.
She is the author of 13 award-winning books,
including her national best-selling memoir, The
Good Good Pig. Montgomery lives in
Hancock, New Hampshire.