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Polar Bears

A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

Text by Andrew E. Derocher
Photographs by Wayne Lynch

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Honorable Mention, 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards

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…

Honorable Mention, 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards

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

Derocher and Lynch's handiwork, however, is less a lament and more a celebration of polar bears. And that will almost certainly make it a winner with increasingly fussy readers looking to be awed, inspired, and informed by artfully illustrated books.

Everyone with an interest in polar bears or bears of any species will want to add this book to their bookshelf.

This book is as amazing to look at as it is fascinating to read... Captivating, precise, inspiring, Polar Bears is intended for all those who love nature.

This magnificent species has got the book it deserves.

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Trim Size
9
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11
Pages
264
ISBN
9781421403052
Illustration Description
153 color photos, 4 maps
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. A Polar Bear Described
3. Evolution
4. Early Polar Bear–Human Interactions
5. Arctic Marine Ecosystems
6. Sea Ice and Habitat
7. Prey
8. Distribution and Populations
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Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. A Polar Bear Described
3. Evolution
4. Early Polar Bear–Human Interactions
5. Arctic Marine Ecosystems
6. Sea Ice and Habitat
7. Prey
8. Distribution and Populations
9. Hunting Methods
10. Polar Bear Behavior
11. Den Ecology
12. From Birth to Death
13. Threats
14. Looking Forward
Appendix A: Scientific Names of Plants and Animals
Appendix B: Species of Plants and Animals Eaten by Polar Bears
References
Index

Author Bios
Wayne Lynch
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Wayne Lynch

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries and one of Canada's best-known and most widely published photographers. His books include Wild Birds across the Prairies; Mountain Bears; A Is for Arctic; and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.