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Category Archive for 'Laos'

Whether she is “Walking With the Great Apes: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas,” canoeing the Sundarbans for tigers (Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of Sundarbans), or, in this case, exploring Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos seeking the golden moon bear, Sy Montgomery single-mindedly seeks out rare animals, refusing to limit her searches to “safe” areas. Facing land-mines in Cambodia, warring tribes on the Thai border with Myanmar (Burma), poachers in Laos, and a poverty-stricken Laotian society in which people eat virtually all insect and animal life, Montgomery attempts to track down a golden bear with Mickey-Mouse-type ears and a black mane, thought to be a variety of moon bear, and unlike any other bear known to science, possibly “the scientific finding of a lifetime.”

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