Hope for Animals and Their World : How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink (Hardcover)

Author: Goodall, Jane

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Renowned primatologist Goodall''s latest book is an inspiring compilation of wildlife conservation success stories, collected during her extensive global travels. The author offers accounts of people and groups who have worked tirelessly to save several species on the brink of extinction.


Publisher Grand Central Pub
Mfg Part# 9780446581776
SKU 211227367
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0446581771
Release Date 9/1/2009
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1.5T
Author Info
Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall is the daughter of Mortimer Herbert, a businessman and race-car driver, and his wife, Myfanwe (or Vanne), a writer. She married Hugo van Lawick, a nature photographer, in 1964, whom she later divorced. In 1973 she married Derek Bryceson, a member of Tanzania's parliament and director of national parks, who died of cancer in 1980. She had one son, Hugo Eric Louis, with her first husband. Goodall grew up with an interest in animals and a desire to visit Africa one day. Following her high school graduation, she made the voyage and met the renowned paleontologist and anthropologist Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey, who offered her a job as an assistant. Despite her lack of solid credentials (she was a graduate of a secretarial school), Goodall was soon given an opportunity to engage in a six-month field study with the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream Reserve Centre in Tanzania, which she accepted (1960). This was the beginning of one of the longest studies of a particular animal species ever conducted. Goodall received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965, lectured at Stanford University in the early 1970s, and in 1977, established the Jane Goodall Institute for wildlife preservation, study, and education. Goodall has starred in several National Geographic television specials on her work with chimpanzees, and she has received various grants and prizes, including the R. R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers (1987) for "THE CHIMPANZEES OF GOMBE: PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR.
"Writing with warmth and good humor, [Goodall] presents a cornucopia of stories about people and groups who have worked tirelessly...to save or help in the recovery of more than two-dozen animal species on the brink of extinction....An upbeat compendium that will energize both hands-on and armchair conservationists."
"Goodall's intimate writing style and sense of wonder pull the reader into each account, as the scientists explain what they had to do to rescue each species and Goodall marvels at the accomplishment. The mix of personal and scientific makes for a compelling read."
"Goodall recounts many inspiring stories of heroes worldwide. However, the book's heartening scale is also its weakness. Each account is brief, even perfunctory, lacking the scope to narrate dramatic sagas that lasted for years....Yet within the environmental devastation surrounding us, it is not amiss for Goodall to remind us that, after all the evils had flown from Pandora's box, there at the bottom remained hope."
From the Publisher
Editors Note The world-renowned scientist collects stories of endangered species that have beat the odds including the American crocodile, the California condor, and the black-footed ferret, in a volume that interweaves her own experiences in the field with tales of the accomplishments of premier scientists.
Annotation Because of her perpetually unique ideas and unparalleled diligence, Jane Goodall has always held a somewhat sovereign status in her field of nature science. After years as a pioneer sounding the alarm for endangered species and environmentalism, Goodall once again asserts her singularity by combating the dismal reports put forth by many conservationists with a series of success stories from the cause which has been her life's work. She shares hopeful cases of animals that have gone extinct in the wild, but were rescued by humans, bred in captivity, and are now or soon will be introduced back into their natural habitats. Some of the species Goodall covers are familiar, such as the giant panda, which is still very much in danger, and the beleaguered California condor, whose numbers had been whittled down to a paltry 22 birds before an extensive conservation effort led to capture and rebreeding. Perhaps more compelling are the tales of little-known animals which a few dedicated people have quietly rescued from likely extinction, such as the golden tamarin of Brazil and the ploughshare tortoise of Madagascar. Hope is certainly a vital ingredient for effective activism, and Goodall provides a welcome dose in this promising and revealing report.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0392
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
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