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Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution [Hardcover]

Caroline Fraser
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8 Feb 2010
Scientists worldwide are warning of the looming extinction of thousands of species, from tigers and polar bears to rare flowers, birds, and insects. If the destruction continues, a third of all plants and animals could disappear by 2050 - and with them earth's life-support ecosystems that provide our food, water, medicine, and natural defenses against climate change. Now Caroline Fraser offers the first definitive account of a visionary campaign to confront this crisis: rewilding. Breathtaking in scope and ambition, Rewilding aims to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and brokering peace between people and predators. Traveling with wildlife biologists and conservationists, Fraser reports on the vast projects that are turning Europe's former Iron Curtain into a greenbelt, creating trans-frontier Peace Parks to renew elephant routes throughout Africa, and linking protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico and beyond. An inspiring story of scientific discovery and grassroots action, "Rewilding The World" offers hope for a richer, wilder future.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc (8 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078268
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17.1 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With this book, Fraser does for rewilding what David Quammen did for island biogeography in his seminal "The Song of the Dodo." Fraser uses lucid prose, engaging stories and personal experience to make the ideas accessible and vital to a wide audience. This is no dreary rehearsal of past eco-errors and present concerns. Fraser takes us far beyond San Diego, straight into the lives of African elephants, Australian lizards and a Russian bear that intruded upon the Olympic Games, sitting on the sidewalk while languidly consuming a young girl's pet rabbit. 'We are so close, ' Fraser says, and we require just a strong nudge in imagination and social engagement to make the rewilding dream real. With this lovely, necessary book, we step closer to that ideal."--"The Los Angeles Times" "Clear-eyed. . . Fraser pursues [her themes] with sensitivity and realism."--"The New York Review of Books" "A thoughtful examination of rewilding and its discontents. . . an important book."--"The New York Times" "This is a serious book, about a serious subject. . . a crisis more threatening than climate change."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "Methodical, lyrical. . . If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding."--"Sacramento News & Review" "A clarion call to save wildlife and the wilderness by 'rewilding.'"--"The Daily Beast" "Readers will come away better informed about the complexity of the ecosystems around us and with an increased awareness of the many factors involved in maintaining natural order and balance. . . This truly is an essential read for conservationists, biologists, and anyone interested in the natural world."--"Library Journal," starred review "A fascinating, little-known story. . ."--"Associated Press" "Makes a convincing case that [rewilding] represents the only realistic strategy for conserving our rapidly diminishing wildlife."--"Kirkus" "Her story of grassroots activism paired with the scientific is environmentally

About the Author

Caroline Fraser's first book, "God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church," was selected as a "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book and a "Los Angeles Times Book Review" Best Book. Her work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "The New York Review of Books," and "Outside" magazine, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful 19 Oct 2010
This is a beautifully written, intelligent, passionate book that takes both a critical and hopeful look at grassroot efforts around the world to restore the natural habitat for plants and animals. It explains the science in a way a non-scientist can understand and shows how compelling the scientific cases are for rewilding, for restoring the wild. Its key message is that it takes real effort at the ground level to make the kinds of changes that are needed to prevent the catastrophic loss of biodiversity the planet is currently facing. In other words, it is not enough to simply throw money at the problem, although that helps, but it is more important to involve the localpeople. As Saint-Exupery famously says, if you want people to build boats then first teach them to love the sea. I think this is what Fraser is trying to do, she wants to save the planet and to do so she is teaching us to love it. She shows that we should love predators and vermin because without them the ecosystem doesn't work. This truly is one of the most inspiring books I've read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 3 Jan 2012
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This book gives an up to date account of the new thinking that informs many of the more ambitious and successful attempts to conserve - and restore, one of the aspects that sets 'rewilding' apart from traditional conservation - wilderness around the world. The author describes well the developments that led to the new departures, and why the new approaches are essential if we are to seriously attempt to slow the current rapid rate of biodiversity loss - the Sixth Great Extinction. She also examines diverse examples on the ground, each faced with a varying set of challenges to be overcome, analysing their successes and failures in order to arrive at some general conclusions.

A couple of the chapters in the middle of the book that deal with Africa didn't hold my attention to quite the same extent as the rest, but that is likely just me and my particular interests (forest). Fraser is clearly passionate about her subject and writes with insight and intelligence. Her writing style is for the most part very readable, sometimes exhilarating, and often quite entertaining. As soon as I finished the book I went back to the beginning and am now re-reading it.

If you are really interested in understanding where we are at in terms of the devastation being wreaked on this planet's ecosystems and how that might be turned around, reading this book would be an excellent start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to save the world 1 Jan 2010
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Recently, as scientists learned more about the things that different species need to live, we discovered that many of the things we were doing to try and save species and preserve ecosystems were not helping. Populations of many species were still shrinking, despite our efforts, and more species were becoming more and more endangered.
This new book by Caroline Fraser, Rewilding the World, tells of groups of scientists and conservationists who asked why our efforts were not working and how they could be improved. Trying new methods of research, they reached the conclusion that many of our efforts to set aside preserves were not effective. Preserves were often too small and too isolated. Many species, especially the important keystone predators were being forced into spaces too small to sustain them.
Fraser takes us around the world, looking at efforts to rebuild wild ecosystems and give species the habitats they need to survive. Fraser uses leading scientists and environmentalists to explain the cutting-edge science and political action that has begun to rewild important parts of the earth and help to rebuild the environmental services that sustain us.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring road map to confronting the looming extinction of species 26 Dec 2009
By James McGrath Morris - Published on
If you are worried about the future, you owe Caroline Fraser a thank you. After years and years of research, Fraser has produced a readable, understandable, and comprehensive account of what needs to be done to ward off the looming extinction of thousands of species, from tigers and polar bears to rare flowers, birds, and insects.
Fraser takes you to the front lines of the remarkable "rewilding" movement that aims to save species with innovative ideas such as restoring habitats and reviving migration corridors.
Reading this book leaves one with a feeling of hope.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, a deep-dive, and hopeful 16 Feb 2010
By J. Dreiblatt - Published on
Fraser offers a well-researched account of efforts to invigorate wildlife populations around the world. I found the book to be an interesting explanation of the importance of biodiversity and an exploration of the complexities and difficulties faced in conservation efforts. It is good to see that there is progress being made and we have some hope for the future.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book! 9 Mar 2010
By K. Michael Waldock - Published on
This is a wonderful book, informative and engrossing. I've already read Rewilding twice and I've only owned it for eight weeks!
Johanna O., Albany, Oregon

Great books are meant to be shared and having read this too, I believe it should become a standard work of reference for those interested in the subject of species re-introduction. Fascinating to read that this does not have to depend upon legislators but can be managed by small groups of farmers and villagers. Her detailed examples and analyses are quite riveting.
Michael Waldock, Albany, Oregon
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Documents real-world success stories 18 May 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution provides the first definitive account of a crusade to battle environmental destruction and the extinction of species at the hand of man, and is an inspirational offering for any lending library concerned with wildlife preservation. It discusses applied rewilding plans to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and allowing animals to live at peace with people, and it's an inspirational and positive contrast to all the negative extinction crisis titles on the market that seem to offer no hope for the future. This book does - and documents real-world success stories!
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