Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

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9781421403052: Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

The polar bear, king of the Arctic, is one of the world’s most recognizable animals. Images of the majestic beasts roaming across the ice cap, plunging into frigid waters, and playing with furry cubs have come to symbolize the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic. Andrew E. Derocher and Wayne Lynch have spent decades following the bears, and this book offers the most comprehensive and readable review of their biology, ecology, behavior, and conservation.

With gripping photographs by Lynch, a preeminent wildlife photographer, and the personal stories of Derocher, this book is as stunning to look at as it is fascinating to read. It weaves together their remarkable experiences with the latest research to tell the amazing story of these Arctic predators, tracing the animals back to their evolutionary roots and looking ahead to the future of polar bears on a warming planet Earth.

Through informative and engaging language, Derocher carefully explains the sea ice ecosystem that is essential to the survival of polar bears. He addresses the threat of global warming to the Arctic―home to polar bears for tens of thousands of years―and describes in impressive detail their feeding habits, distribution, den ecology, and reproduction. Lynch’s vivid photographs capture all this and more as they chronicle the wide range of polar bear behavior, from family rituals to ferocious predatory practices.

Captivating, accurate, and inspiring, Polar Bears belongs in the hands of all who love the wild.

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About the Author:

Andrew E. Derocher, a leading polar bear researcher, is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta and author of numerous articles on large Arctic mammals. Wayne Lynch is a freelance science writer and wildlife photographer and a fellow of the prestigious Explorers Club. Among his many publications is Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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...this book is as stunning to look at as it is fascinating to read. Captivating, accurate, and inspiring, Polar Bears belongs in the hands of all who love the wild. Of all the polar bear books out there, this one looks the most scientific.
Ian Paulsen The Guardian Sunday 25 March 2012
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Lushly illustrated...  a compelling, highly readable hybrid -- a handsome, coffee-table style book that's no lightweight in the political and academic departments.Ed Struzik The Edmonton Journal Sunday 17 March 2012edmontonjournal.com/technology/Book+much+celebration+lament+magnificent+creature/6319523/story.html

Everyone with an interest in polar bears or bears of any species will want to add this book to their bookshelf. ...tremendous knowledge, experience, and expertise comes across in every page of this book...
Sterling Miller, National Wildlife Federation in International Bear News

The reader will never view the Arctic and its inhabitants the same way again. Captivating, precise, inspiring, Polar Bears is intended for all those who love nature.Ginette Lapointe, PhotoNews

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Verlag: J. Hopkins Uni. Press Mai 2012 (2012)
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Buchbeschreibung J. Hopkins Uni. Press Mai 2012, 2012. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - The polar bear, king of the Arctic, is one of the world's most recognizable animals. This title tells the story of these Arctic predators, tracing the animals back to their evolutionary roots and looking ahead to the future of polar bears on a warming planet Earth. 249 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781421403052

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