Joy of Bears

A collection of breathtaking images and thought-provoking words sure to bring joy to your heart and enrich your spirit. Take an inspiring journey into the world of the great bear and discover the true and often unseen nature of black bears, grizzlies and polar bears. Celebrate all that is wild!

Proceeds from the sale of this book support Get Bear Smart Society’s work helping people to understand and live with our neigh-bears.


"Joy of Bears is a strong testament to the natural beauty of bears and our precious animal kingdom."
— Anthony Douglas Williams, author of Inside the Divine Pattern

"Joy of Bears shows us just how much we can learn from other animals when we allow them to tell us who they are. Read it and share widely. Not only will you come to appreciate bears more than ever, but you'll also come to cherish the fascinating world of animals and the beautiful landscapes in which they live. Peaceful coexistence is the only way to live with other animals and to expand our compassion footprint and to rewild our hearts."
— Marc Bekoff, author of numerous books, evolutionary biologist, professor emeritus at University of Colorado

"A true celebration of the world of bears and the amazing environments they inhabit. With its stunning visuals and inspiring prose, the Joy of Bears will be treasured by anyone interested in wildlife and the natural world. A positive, very moving tribute to these astonishing animals."
— Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director, Zoocheck, Award winning children's author


Just 2 of the many beautiful photo spreads:


Author Sylvia Dolson

SylviaDolson-headshot72dpiphoto by Anastasia ChomlackSylvia Dolson's passion for bears is equaled only by her quest to teach people about the true nature of these wonderful bruins. Her ultimate goal is for a greater coexistence—one in which people and bears live in harmony. As a naturalist, wildlife photographer and freelance writer, Sylvia chooses to spend much of her free time in the company of bears. Having walked among wild black bears, polar bears and grizzlies, she has gained an ever-increasing appreciation and understanding of the wilderness and its inhabitants.
    Sylvia has been involved with the Get Bear Smart Society since 1996 and is now the executive director. She is also a member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. As a leading expert on living with bears in residential communities, she has been instrumental in bringing forward more progressive, bear-friendly management policies in British Columbia, Canada. She currently co-chairs the Whistler Bear Working Group and was the key catalyst and contributor for Whistler's Black Bear Management Plan. Her persistent hard work and dedication have resulted in establishing Whistler as British Columbia's leading Bear Smart community, becoming a model for others to follow. Sylvia travels throughout North America speaking at conferences and workshops. She has authored many reference materials for educational purposes, maintains an extensive website, and writes a regular newspaper column.
    Her books include Bear~ology: Fascinating Facts, Tales & Trivia; A Whistler Bear Story; and Joy of Bears. Sylvia and her husband, Steve, live in Whistler, British Columbia, where they share their lives with their canine companion, Kia.

To reach Sylvia:  sylvia [at]

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Joy of Bears

Sylvia Dolson

$19.95 hardcover
ISBN 978-0-981381329
8 x 8, 112 pages
color photographs
published by Get Bear Smart Society, 2013

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