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Bear Necessities: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Sanctuary, and Advocacy


By: Lisa Kemmerer (Editor)

248 pages, colour & b/w illustrations

E J Brill

Paperback | Jun 2016 | #232281 | ISBN-13: 9789004328389
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NHBS Price: £34.99 $43/€39 approx
Hardback | Aug 2015 | #225973 | ISBN-13: 9789004292901
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NHBS Price: £94.99 $116/€106 approx

About this book

What is it like to rehabilitate sun bears in the rainforests of Malaysia? Why were sloth bears trained to dance? What does Chinese medicine have to do with black bears in North America?

Skilled grassroots activists, dedicated sanctuary attendants, determined scholars – those working to protect the world's eight bear species from Viet Nam to Vermont – come together in Bear Necessities to explore pressures that threaten the world's remaining bears, and to offer a tapestry of possibilities for protecting and preserving these endangered yet much-loved beings. This diverse collection of approachable, engaging essays is an important new addition to literature for those interested in learning more wilderness and wildlife around the world, especially bears.


Introduction, Lisa Kemmerer
List of Contributors

PART I: Bear Basics
1. Bear Basics, Lisa Kemmerer
2. Bear-Aware for Twenty Years, Victor Watkins
3. Making a Difference for Bears in Asia, Amy Corrigan
4. Polar Bears: Watching Extinction in Real Time, Kassie Siegel and Brendan Cummings

PART II: A World of Problems
5. Franzi: Beloved Ambassador for Bears on Bile Farms, Jill Robinson
6. Little Bears, Big Trees, Tiny Insects: Protecting Sun Bears and their Rainforest, Siew Te Wong and Lisa Kemmerer
7. Libearty Sanctuary Zarnesti: Sharing Love and Sheltering Life in Eastern Europe, Cristina Lapis
8. 9,540,000 Square Miles, 500,000 American Black Bears, 3 Rescues, Charlotte Lorraine Cressey
9. Fighting for Giant Pandas: Captive Breeding and Conservation, Sarah M. Bexell
10 .Bear Baiting in Pakistan, Fakhar -i- Abbas
11. Dirty Dancing: Caring for Sloth Bears in India, Lisa Kemmerer
12. Sliding Down Mountainsides on My Butt in Search of the Elusive Andean Bear, Dalma Zsalakó
13. Finding Enrico: Protecting Andean Bears and their Habitat, Lisa Kemmerer, Kerry Fugett, and Simona Kobel

PART III: Policy
14. Brown Bears, Salmon, People: Traveling Upstream to a Sustainable Future, Chris Darimont, et al
15. Cleaning up a Community for Black Bears, Mick Webb
16. U.S. Wildlife Agencies: Outdated, Misguided, and Destructive, Lisa Kemmerer
17. The Assignment: Breaking Laws to Build Laws on behalf of Lake Tahoe’s Little Black Bears, Ann Bryant
18. A Grizzly Battle: Government Agencies, Endangered Species, and the U.S. Legal System, Tara Zuardo
19. Panda Protection 2.0: Shifting Gears to Save a Species, Anna Beech and Marc Brody

PART IV: Bears and Beyond
20. Canary in the Arctic, Lisa Kemmerer
21. Bears, Birds, and Human Hubris: Imagining Bears in the Andes, Tom Regele
22. The Damage and Hope of Total Institutions: Visiting a Bear Sanctuary in Cambodia, Daniel Kirjner
23. Bear Naked: Compassion and Wilderness, Dana Medoro


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Lisa Kemmerer, PhD., graduate of Reed and Harvard, is a scholar and activist, and author/editor of nine books including Eating Earth, Animals and Environment, Sister Species, Animals and World Religions, and Primate People.

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