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Eight bears : mythic past and imperiled future / Gloria Dickie.

Dickie, Gloria, (author.).


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 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. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781324005087
  • ISBN: 1324005084
  • Physical Description: xiv, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-250).
Formatted Contents Note:
Pt. I. South America -- The cloud dwellers (Spectacled bear, Ecuador and Peru) -- pt. II. Asia -- Dancing with death (Sloth bear, India) -- Soft power (Panda bear, China) -- Liquid gold (Moon bear and sun bear, Vietnam) -- pt. III. North America -- Out of the wild (American black bear, United States) -- Return of the grizzly (Brown bear, United States) -- The ice walkers (Polar bear, Canada).
Subject: Bears.
Bears > Conservation.
Genre: Informational works.

Available copies

  • 6 of 7 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff - Main Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Poplar Bluff - Main Library 599.78 DICKIE (Text)
Memorial: In Memory Of: Dr. John Christy. Presented By: Mary Christy and Family.
38420101827588 NON-FICTION Available -

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