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100 Animals to See Before They Die (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)) [Hardcover]

Nick Garbutt , Mike Unwin
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15 Oct 2007 Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)
100 Animals to See Before They Die is inspired by the Zoological Society of London's recently launched conservation project EDGE - Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. EDGE targets some of the world's most bizarre and unusual creatures, animals which are extremely distinct in the way they look, live and behave. They have few or no close relatives and require immediate action to save them from extinction. If they disappear there will be nothing like them left on the planet. Amazingly, many of these species are ignored by existing conservation plans. 100 Animals fights this ignorance by highlighting the danger these species are in and will encourage greater involvement in the fight to save them. Some EDGE species, such as tigers, elephants and pandas are well known, but 100 Animals features dozens of lesser known and extraordinary animals such as the Yangtze River Dolphin (the world's rarest cetacean), the Bumblebee Bat (the smallest mammal on earth) and the egg-laying Long-beaked Echidna. Organised by world regions (Eurasia, Australasia, Africa, New World, South East Asia, the Oceans) and with a whole section devoted to Madagascar, 100 Animals is inspirational and packed with information about each animal and where to find it. Each animal is illustrated in colour and accompanied by a distribution map and information about its key characteristics and the specific threats it faces, plus details about any conservation work taking place.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (15 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622361
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 20.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book is packed with glorious photos, and fascinating facts about some of the world's least known and most endangered species.' Kate Humble(journalist & TV presenter) 'This is far more than a list of 100 endangered species - it provides an overview to our world's vanishing wild places and their beleaguered inhabitants. There is something here for everyone - history, animal behaviour, conservation. Anyone looking for their next (travel) adventure need search no further. Nick Garbutt's latest book is enough to inspire the safari of a lifetime.' Jonathan and Angie Scott(wildlife photographers & authors) 'This excellent guide to the world's most threatened creatures - a few of which I have seen with my own eyes, the rest I am never likely to - is essential reading for anyone who really cares about what is happening to nature.' John Craven OBE 'A terrific book - full of vivid descriptions of some of the most remarkable creatures on the planet, it's also a timely reminder of what we stand to lose. Everyone who cares about wildlife should read it.' Mark Carwardine(zoologist, writer & wildlife photographer) 'This is an important book in the crusade to save the planet's biodiversity, for it draws attention to some of the rarest gems of the animal kingdom.' Lee Durrell, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust 'A colourful mix of interesting information about the world's most fascinating animals, including strong conservation messages, finished off with practical, up-to-date information about the best places to see them.' Rosamund Kidman Cox (editor of BBC Wildlife magazine for over 20 years) 'What makes 100 Bizarre Animals stand out is the lively, informative text by Mike Unwin.' 'Giant anteaters, cartwheeling spiders and, naturally, the platypus, are all subject to Unwin's keen eye, engaging turn of phrase and well-researched, up-to-date accounts of their behavioural and evolutionary biology.' 'Even if many of these animal oddities are already familiar to regular readers of BBC Wildlife they are well worth another look through Mike Unwin's eyes.' (Stuart Blackman, BBC Wildlife)

About the Author

Nick Garbutt is an acclaimed wildlife photographer, artist and author, with a particular interest in rainforests and island wildlife. His books include Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide; Wild Borneo; and Bradt's Madagascar Wildlife. He regularly contributes articles and photographs to a wide range of magazines including National Geographic and BBC Wildlife, and his photographs have appeared in numerous books and other publications worldwide. Nick has twice been a winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in world photography. Mike Unwin is an author, editor, photographer and illustrator specialising in natural history. He won the BBC Wildlife/Bradt Travel Guides Travel Writing Competition in 2000, which brought his talents to the attention of Bradt. Mike is now series editor of the Bradt wildlife guides and author of Southern African Wildlife. He is also editor of Travel Zambia magazine and a regular contributor to many other publications, including Travel Africa, Birdwatching and BBC Wildlife. He has lived in both Zimbabwe and Swaziland, and has an extensive first-hand knowledge of the African continent and its wildlife.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 7 Jan 2013
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I think the ethos of this book is excellent, it is encouraging people to see those animals that are facing extinction whilst raising awareness of them and touching on the reasons for they are under threat.

Each animal has a high quality image, a map of where to find them and text about them and their history.
They are grouped by geography, which is logical based on the premise that you will attempt to see these animals in the wild.
I guess that leads to my only minor concern with the book in that it doesn't give you any information about where you may be able to see some of them in captivity. It would be nice to see all 100 in the book, but it unlikely given the diversity of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bradt at it's finest!! 13 Aug 2008
Excellent account of those animals you might not see very soon.
Really good starter info for anyone preparing a trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gardening 3 May 2010
Very good for small shrubs and bushes. Like the no discharge battery, always ready to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vitally important book 11 Sep 2008
By I. C. Thomas - Published on
It's difficult to imagine a more timely and important book. With the recent extinction of the Baiji (Chinese river dolphin) has come the certain knowledge that our best efforts to save even flagship species may be too late. And we can't save what we're not aware of!

This book is an excellent introduction to a selection of EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species of mammal, both for the novice and those with a broad knowledge of the animal world. In this book, you'll find photographs of animals you're unlikely to see elsewhere, from the Cuban solendon to the Sumatran rhinoceros. To see animals as universally recognised as the Tiger (listed in the thousands, across all subspecies) conveys the enormity of the tragedy.

That said, this is also a book about ecotourism, with useful tips and information on how and where to possibly see these amazing beasts. It's also pleasing to see that Madagascar rightly gets a chapter to itself, given the singular evolution and biodiversity of this "mini continent." Buy a copy for yourself, and for a friend, and join a wildlife preservation organisation or two as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Inspire Some People to Become Interested in Conservation 2 May 2008
By James N Simpson - Published on
Interesting play on the 100 places to see before you die and the like titles out there. 100 Animals does pretty much what the title suggests gives information on 100 different endangered animals from all over the world and where they can be found. The book is laid out like a travel planning book telling the reader the best way to run into each animal. Which is where it sort of goes against the message of those of us who work or have worked in the conservation industry of not encouraging people to seek out these habitats for personal life changing moments, photos or whatever. In fact the locations of many colonies of endangered species are deliberately kept secret from the general public which obviously is a bit of a hindrance to the research of someone writing a book like this which would explain why some of the more interesting species such as the Mahogany Glider, various tree kangaroo species etc are not listed in here.

The book is educational though in that it does obviously provide information on the various wildlife which could be used for school assignments and so on and also points out the threats to each species. Confusingly there is also a complicated Edge Rank ranking on each animal which even after reading the blurb on what this is, near the front of the book it makes no sense at all.

A good book to learn about 100 unique animals but don't try and track them down in the wild. Go see these animals in wildlife parks such as David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia that have breeding programs to reintroduce endangered species to the wild as you won't be disturbing wild populations and as a bonus your park entry fee will probably help assist these creatures survival as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition! Thanks! 2 Jun 2013
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Very interesting book. One downside for me is that the animals' information is all in the metric system. I was surprised to find some animals were included in this list (bison!), and many animals I had never heard of before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this informative book 27 Jan 2009
By Ro London - Published on
Perfect, stunning photographs with up to date information on where to visit these amazing endangered species.
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