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Eight Bears

Nonfiction: Social Sciences
Unabridged   8 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/11/2023

Eight Bears

Mythic Past and Imperiled Future

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696612555


A global exploration of the eight remaining species of bears—and the dangers they face.

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A global exploration of the eight remaining species of bears—and the dangers they face.

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 listeners 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.


"Gloomy in outlook but a cleareyed view of the world’s bears and the many threats they face." —Kirkus Reviews

"It’s a winning combination of travel and environmental reporting." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Author Bio

Gloria Dickie is an award-winning journalist and is currently a global climate and environment correspondent at Reuters News Agency. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic, Scientific American, and Wired. Originally from Canada, she now lives in London, England.