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Back in 2000 Sy Montgomery, with input and help from evolutionary biologist Dr. Gary Galbreath, started working on and subsequently released the book "Search for the Golden Moon Bear:

Science and Adventure in Pursuit of a New Species" a tale of an adventurous search for a mythical new bear species in Asia.

Galbreath, in his own right, had noted the possible existance of a morph and later by DNA analysis that the mythical bears were in fact colour morphs of the Asiatic Black Bear. He concluded "The principal color phase is black......... Rare brown phases are also known, and recently a blond (and mixed blond and black) color phase was discovered in Cambodia, Thailand, and Lao PDR" (Galbreath et al. 2000). Sadly, all of the bears Montgomery and Galbreath found and sampled were already captive either in sanctuaries, caged in zoos, or privately "owned". Sy Montgomery never locates one in the wild during the book research. Understandable really.

Asiatic Black Bear - Colour Morph from Wildlife Thailand on Vimeo.

Rare footage of a colour morph of an asiatic black bear.

I enjoyed the book greatly, although its now marketed as a K12 book it is a great read and in no way a children's book. Its an example of how conservation awareness can be successfuly promoted through media. And lets hope, her work has the power to inspire some K12s who will make a difference. As we pass the batons of hope and action to future generations.

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onflipflops replied the topic: #1212 4 years 11 months ago
Cool, never heard about this. It's almost like a Panda, haha. Amazing!

I haven't seen that many Asiatic Black Bears. But was very lucky to see one again just last week. And to answer your question: It was black...
A huge individual, BTW. Resting 20 - 30 meters high in a tree (just about 100m from where I have seen the sun bear I've posted not too long ago...). It was posing well, but sadly with terrible backlight and due to long distance (and my lack of guts to get much closer...) not exactly a great photo opportunity, but anyway a fantastic sighting. After watching it for 20 minutes or so, it decided to come down the large tree trunk. That was great to see. How easy they just climb up and down trees, amazing. This tree had quite a smooth trunk with little grip. But equiped with sharp claws the bear had no trouble with that at all.

Probably the animal I fear the most in these jungles.
Next time I'll wear one of those 'dog-bite-suits', haha, and go a bit closer...




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