Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
The authors provide an account of their journey around the world in search of endangered animals--including the kakapo of New Zealand, white rhinos in Zaire, and the Komodo lizard

Random House UK Ltd

'Douglas Adams' genius was in using comedy to make serious points about the world'Independent

After years of reflecting on the absurdities of life on other planets, Douglas Adams teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine to find out what was happening to life on this one. Together they lead us on an unforgettable journey across the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures - animals that they may never get another chance to see. They encounter the animal kingdom in its stunning beauty, astonishing variety, and imminent peril: the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia, the helpless but lovable Kakapo of New Zealand, the blind river dolphins of China, the white rhinos of Zaire, the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean. Both funny and poignant,Last Chance to See is the tale of an unforgettable wildlife odyssey - and a timely reminder of all that we must protect.



Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1991
ISBN: 9780517582152
0517582155
Characteristics: xii, 220 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Carwardine, Mark

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boozleca
May 19, 2015

When asked, Douglas Adams said that this was the work to which he was most proud (not Hitchhikers). After reading Last Chance to See, I understand. All the wit that Adams is famous for and an important topic to boot.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

This is a great book. Well-written and serious, yet humorous, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine made a good team. One of the last chapters has the most poignant description of the dodo bird I have ever seen. The living animals they were traveling to see and the traveling itself were so well described I felt like I was with them, seeing what they saw. Happily, none of the animals and plants mentioned are yet officially extinct in the wild. But sadly, some of them are still critically endangered. Everyone should read this book and fight to save the many endangered animals and plants before we lose them forever.

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Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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