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A Disappearing National Treasure: The Extinction of the Formosan Black Bear
Artwork from Treasure Hill of the Endangered Black Bear

A Disappearing National Treasure: The Extinction of the Formosan Black Bear

The Formosan black bear (Ursus Thibetanus Formosansus) - Taiwan’s largest predator and land animal - is endemic to Taiwan and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The “Moon bear,” aptly named after its distinctive white crescent marking on its chest, has sat majestically atop Taiwan’s ecosystem throughout the ages. But in recent years, its reign has been usurped by the encroachment of modern man, who has continuously illegally poached the bears, severely exploited them, and driven them from their natural habitat. Hence, these bears have been pushed to near extinction.

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Wandering Freely With Zhuangzi: 10 Lessons in Life and Death from a Wise Old Sage
Zhuangzi dreams of a butterfly, ancient Chinese scroll painting

Wandering Freely With Zhuangzi: 10 Lessons in Life and Death from a Wise Old Sage

 “Our life spans are bounded, but knowledge knows no bounds. Chase the boundless with the bounded and you will wear yourself out – those who persist will just fall in…

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