Published: February 2006
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

Related Links

Brown Bear Information
Learn about the biology, distribution, and behavior of this pan-global species at the University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web.

Grizzly Bear Information
The National Wildlife Federation provides information about the brown bear in North America.

Kamchatka Project
Read more about the Wildlife Conservation Society's projects on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.

Salmon at risk in Pacific Russia
This BBC News story reports on the poaching of salmon for caviar in Kamchatka.

Volcanoes of Kamchatka World Heritage Site
Read more about the UNESCO World Heritage site that covers about an eighth of the Kamchatka Peninsula.


"Ban Imposed on Hunting Russian Brown Bears in Spring." BBC News, February 28, 2005.

"Conservation of the Brown Bears of Kamchatka." A Multi-Year Research Program by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). 2003 Field Season [forthcoming].

Craighead, Lance. Bears of the World. Voyageur Press, 2000.

Meier, Andrew. "A Message in Blood." Outside (December 2004).

Newell, Josh. The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development, 2nd ed. Daniel and Daniel, 2004.

Nikolaenko, Vitaly. "Bear Necessities." BBC Wildlife Magazine (January 1999), 32-40.

Nowak, Ronald M. Walker's Mammals of the World, 6th ed. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.

Raygorodetsky, Gleb. "The Last Bear." Wildlife Conservation (November/December 2005), 40-5.

Russell, Charlie, and Maureen Enns Grizzly Seasons: Life With the Brown Bears of Kamchatka Random House Canada, 2003.

Russell, Charlie, and Maureen Enns. Grizzly Heart: Living Without Fear Among the Brown Bears of Kamchatka. Vintage Canada, 2003.

Valentsev, Alexander S., and John Paczkowski. "A Survey of Legal and Illegal Harvesting of Brown Bears on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia" [forthcoming].

NGS Resources

Schmidt, Jeremy. National Geographic (August 2001), 56-73.

Hodgson, Bryan. "Kamchatka: Russia's Land of Fire and Ice." National Geographic (April 1994), 36-67.