324 pages, colour photos
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 Asiaas 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 little known 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.
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"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 worldis 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 and The Soul of an Octopus. Montgomery lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.