REVIEW: Tracking Gobi Grizzlies by Douglas Chadwick
The brown bear, also known as the grizzly, is one of the world’s most widespread mammals. The species is equally at home feeding off running salmon in coastal Alaska as they are climbing cherry trees in the mountains of Spain. But even with their incredible adaptability and smarts, there are places out there where it is hard for anything to survive, let alone a massive bruin. The Gobi desert of China and Mongolia is such a place.
And it’s in the Gobi that we find the rarest of the brown bear tribes. A place of camels, wolves, ibex and above all else, of extremes.
The author and biologist Douglas Chadwick takes readers on an exciting and eye-opening journey through the lonely Gobi and the stories of the people and animals that call the desert home in his book, Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: Surviving Beyond the Back of Beyond.
Chadwick is a colorful and enthusiastic storyteller. His previous works have brought to life the elusive world of the wolverine as well as snowy heights of mountain goat biology. Gobi Grizzlies will take you from the Rockies to Mongolia and many other wild places in-between telling the story of the king of bears, Ursus arctos.
Gobi Grizzlies is a book that will cause simultaneous yearning for the open desert and a cold drink of fresh water. With accompanying photos by Joe Riis and a quality print by Patagonia, it’s a book you’ll treasure. Don’t miss it.