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.
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Bears heighten my senses and humble me with the knowledge that, once stripped of the artifice of human civilization, I am just another edible animal.
Introduction to Bear Necessities
Selfish gains end with us, but gains for the greater good have a ripple effect that continues long after we are gone.
When we help nonhuman animals—when we help those who are least able to help themselves—we foster a community of sharing, a community where no one is left out in the cold, a community in which we can be proud to live.