Academic journal article Science and Children

Moon Bears

Academic journal article Science and Children

Moon Bears

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Moon Bears

By Mark Newman. $18.99.

Henry Holt and Company. New York. 2015. ISBN: 9780805093445.

Did you know that there are eight species of bear? Moon bears, or Asiatic black bears, are one species found throughout Asia. Although they are easily identifiable by their crescent-shaped marking across the chest, what do you and your students actually know about moon bears?

Through photography, Mark Newman brings the moon bear to life. Each rescued bear pictured has been named and resides in the Chengdu Center in China. The author's note details the plight of the Asiatic black bears.

In the wild, moon bears live about 30 years. They have an extensive communication system that includes clucking sounds as they play. In the book, Ginny sits on a tree branch displaying her markings. She is able to run about 48 km per hour and can walk on her hind legs for four-tenths of a kilometers. Baby Angus is quickly growing from his original weight and drinks milk from a baby bottle. Matilda is a full-grown adult, weighing over 200 pounds, and she is from the south part of the moon bears' range in Asia. Her sense of smell is excellent, and she can locate fruits, dead animals, and even honey from 5 km away. Poppy is from the north part of the range and hibernates during the winter when food is scarce. …

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