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. Volume XIII Number 10 . . . . January 4, 2007
Each year, regular news reports of bears frequenting urban/forest interface areas in Canada seem to dispel the idea that this group of mammals could be in any danger of becoming extinct. The research in this latest book of the “Firefly Animal Rescue” series shows that is not the case for all species of bears. The largest world population is the black bear, at around 500,000. The other extreme, the sun bears of Indonesia, have an unknown population. Pandas may be reduced to about 1000 individuals. Polar bears that roam the vast Arctic could be gone in the next 30 to 50 years. This books points out that bears worldwide have been victims of shrinking habitat and encroaching humans since 3000 BC. Throughout their history, bears have had "virtually no predators except for humans."
Found on every continent except Africa and Australia, most bear species need huge ranges to find enough food. Technology has assisted researchers in gathering data that facilitates their work to ensure a future for bears on earth. The accounts of projects to this end are presented in this book in easy-to-read detail with a focus on the personal involvement and commitment of individuals. Find out about the difficulty of monitoring spectacled bears in Ecuador and sloth bears in India. Discover the shocking details of inhumane treatment of bears kept on bile farms in China. In each case, dedicated scientists are hard at work to effect a positive outcome. The same is happening for grizzlies in the North American Rockies and polar bears in the Arctic. Learn about the role of zoos in captive breeding. The people on the front lines of bear research are doing their best to preserve and increase current bear populations.
This series of books on endangered species has consistently offered up-to-date research, high quality photographs, and a highly readable writing style. Add this latest title to your collection.
A freelance writer and former teacher-librarian, Gillian Richardson lives in BC.
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