Eight Bears: Mythic Past and Imperiled Future by Dickie, Gloria

Eight Bears: Mythic Past and Imperiled Future

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Bears have always held a central place in our collective memory, from Indigenous folklore and Greek mythology to nineteenth-century fairytales and the modern toy shop. But as humans and bears come into ever-closer contact, our relationship nears a tipping point. Today, most of the eight remaining bear species are threatened with extinction. Some, such as the panda bear and the polar bear, are icons of the natural world; others, such as the spectacled bear and the sloth bear, are far less known.

In Eight Bears, journalist Gloria Dickie embarks on a globe-trotting journey to explore each bear's story, whisking readers from the cloud forests of the Andes to the ice floes of the Arctic; from the jungles of India to the backwoods of the Rocky Mountain West. She meets with key figures on the frontlines of modern conservation efforts--the head of a rescue center for sun and moon bears freed from bile farms, a biologist known as Papa Panda, who has led China's panda-breeding efforts for almost four decades, a conservationist retraining a military radar system to detect and track polar bears near towns--to reveal the unparalleled challenges bears face as they contend with a rapidly changing climate and encroaching human populations.

Weaving together ecology, history, mythology, and a captivating account of her travels and observations, Dickie offers a closer look at our volatile relationship with these magnificent mammals. Engrossing and deeply reported, Eight Bears delivers a clear warning for what we risk losing if we don't learn to live alongside the animals that have shaped our cultures, geographies, and stories.



Author: Gloria Dickie
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 07/11/2023
Pages: 272
Weight: 1lbs
Size: 9.28h x 6.32w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781324005087


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 05/01/2023
Booklist 06/01/2023 pg. 12
BookPage 07/01/2023