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100 Animals to See Before They Die (Bradt Travel Guides (Wildlife Guides)) Hardcover – 15 Oct 2007
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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) With beautiful photograhy and descriptions of each animal, the habitats in which they live, their characteristics and behaviour and conservation efforts to save them, this book is both fascinating and disturbing.' Cirencester Life
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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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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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!
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.