- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Greystone Books (May 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1553653874
- ISBN-13: 978-1553653875
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Smiling Bears: A Zookeeper Explores the Behaviour and Emotional Life of Bears Hardcover – May 5, 2009
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The general reader, however, has the most to gain by reading Smiling Bears: rare insights into a bear's view of the world and communication between these magnificent creatures and the author. There are moving stories of animals rescued from horrific situations and rehabilitated. All are told in a down-to-earth, thoroughly enjoyable prose style by recognized bear expert, Else Poulsen. I am sure that the glimpse into the "essence of bearness" that Smiling Bears provides will produce many smiling readers.
aaaah, the fresh skepticism of a budding bear biologist.
Reaction: I couldn't put this book down.
The clean and personal writing style put me on the keeper's path, and led me to feel as if I had been looking through Else's eyes as she cared for these magnificent animals. The behaviors captured are not only awing, but inspiring.
As a person who plans on spending the rest of my life dedicated to bear conservation....along my piles of research papers and journals, this book will always be a cornerstone!
Thank you for a book well written.
Ms. Poulsen expresses very clearly the importance and professionalism of excellent zoo keeping, to be constantly verifying, observing and being creative on how to maintain and improve animal welfare. She is compassionate and understanding, concerned about the welfare of individual bears. Ms. Poulsen illustrates very nicely the different means of communication which exists between her and the bears, emphasising the importance of an excellent human - animal relationship and 2-way communication.
The book is a wonderful fusion of the sciences of animal welfare with emotional intelligence and their practical applications to improve the welfare of bears in captivity and the wild.
A great book to read, making you laugh, be concerned, and have even more questions about bears when you're done reading!
A must for any animal care specialist, researcher and conservationist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. Else Poulsen recently passed away. I admire her work!Published 2 months ago by SRees
Riveting stories of a zoo keeper, trainer, bear whisperer bringing quality into the life of captive bears. The stories of bear communication were interesting.Published on July 18, 2014 by vongolf
Wondrful, wionderful, wonderful!!!!Everyone should read that book to understand how amazing these animals are.Love it and you will also love it.Published on February 10, 2014 by Milkaice
Looks like I got a new book after the order for the used book was lost - so it didn't make the 3 wk. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by ostrander
If you love or care about bears this book is a must read. It's touching and humorous. I was sad to see it ending.Published on August 21, 2010 by SLR
This is the second copy of this book that I have purchased. I too have always believed that animals have emotional lives, as Tom Roy expressed in his review, and as Ms. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Kitty