Wildlife on the Brink of ExtinctionBook - 2006
Features the living species that are threatened by extinction and looks at the work of conservationist groups attempting to reverse the current wave of extinctions.
Firefly Books Ltd
A compelling and beautifully illustrated book on endangered species and the opportunities to save them. The authors propose a reasoned and hopeful guide to a future world that will be safe for all species.
A beautifully illustrated book on endangered species and the opportunities to save them.
Earth has seen at least five great extinction periods, each wiping out up to 95 percent of all living species. They involved massive volcanic eruptions, disastrous meteor strikes and rapid climatic changes. The main point of Endangered is that the sixth great extinction will be the result of humankind's abuse of the environment.
Featuring more than 400 photographs, this book details the plant and animal species that are either endangered or so severely threatened that they soon will be. The authors offer a thoughtful celebration of nature's diversity not scaremongering -- and a plea to rein in current behaviors that negatively affect the planet. Their proposals form a reasoned and hopeful guide to a future world that will be safe for all species. Creatures profiled include marsupials, monkeys, sea turtles, birds of prey, and butterflies and moths.
The extraordinary imagery and the compelling and objectively presented information make Endangered essential reading for anyone interested in natural history.
The ghost bat may become more ghostly soon as miners and tourists invade its caves. Rhinos are run ragged trying not to be killed for their horns. The fan-like wings of Dalmatian pelicans tangle in power lines and every parrot in a pet shop represent several killed in their smuggling. McGavin (entomology, Oxford U.) does not mince words about the chances of hundreds of hapless creatures, and the photographs he has chosen to accompany his descriptions are so beautiful they plead for the continuation of every species. He points to the growth of the human population, along with the growth of human conceit as the main culprits in what will probably be the sixth wave of extinction, the first five of which resulted in the eradication of 95 percent of all living species. He advocates preserving nature where nature is and conducting rescue at an international level. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)