The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear? Read more: The Biomimicry Manual: What can we learn about resilience, weight loss, and kidney disease from the grizzly bear? | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Grizzly bear resting on a log in Alaska

The grizzly bear adapts readily to alpine mountains, deserts, beaches, and forests, and her wide-ranging appetite spans a remarkable variety of food preferences and foraging techniques. She’s a cunning hunter, and passes her tricks on to her cubs, just like we do. In fact, her smarter-than-the-average-bear abilities allowed some of her ancestors to venture into the extreme life of the Arctic, becoming polar bears in less than a million years. That’s the blink of an eye in evolutionary time, and she might even consider mating and producing offspring with a polar bear if they should meet. In fact, her long, polar bear-like muzzle and beautiful frosted highlights may be testament to the indiscretions of her fore-mothers.

Our grizzly can take down big prey, like moose, elk, bison, caribou, and even muskox and black bears, as well as small animals like ground squirrels and rabbits, marmots, lemmings, and voles. Because our girl is at the top of the food chain, her habits indirectly influence the entire ecological community. She keeps prey populations in check, preventing overgrazing, which in turn affects plant and insect distribution, as well as bird migration patterns.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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