Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja
Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja

Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka by Shyamala Ratnayeke. Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja

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 Meet one of the most enigmatic animals of the lowland forests of Sri Lanka.
Text: Dr. Shyamala Ratnayake, Photography by Luxshmanan Nadaraja

 This book provides a wealth of resources and imagery on:

  • The biology, ecology and behavior of sloth bears
  • Sloth Bear habitat and the rising threats to it from human population growth
  • The difficult relationship between humans and sloth bears.
  •  Written in an engaging and accessible style, this is an essential and inspiring and read for both professional ecologists and non-specialist readers interested in the challenges of large carnivore conversation and workable solutions for human-bear coexistence. 

"Dr. Ratnakaye will undoubtedly inspire Sri Lankans and other South Asians to consider this profession through her candid presentation of the challenges and rewards of pursuing a career in wildlife research. This book is a testimony to perseverance and passion. Sloth Bear: The Barefoot Bear of Sri Lanka makes the fascinating biology, ecology and challenges of conserving sloth bears accessible to a broad audience. In several sections of the book we were transported by the clear prose and photos to our field work on sloth bears in the dry forests of Central India. If anything, we were left longing to hear more of her personal story".

Review by Trishna Dutta and Sandeep Sharma. 

International Bear News. Fall. 2021. Vol. 30. No: 3.

144 pages. Hardcover. Sunway University Press.