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Going, Going, Gone Paperback – 1 Aug 2008
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'...magnificent photography in this book...complements the details of the habitats and habits of 100 species of plants and animals on the brink of extinction...'
-- Daily Express
About the Author
Malcolm Tait is the author of Animal Tragic, The Wildlife Companion and London's Royal Parks. He is also the editor of three major wildlife magazines including Wild About for the Zoological Society of London.
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Note that this is not a huge coffee table book.
This book does make you think, and the team that put it together have made some interesting choices of what to include in their 100.
Buy the book and support at least one of the organisations mentioned in it - pick an unconventional subject and you never now what you might learn.
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I have to admit I found it kind of funny that group like the Brown Hyena Research Project would nominate something like - you guessed it - the Brown Hyena. Also seems that groups who picked the rain forest or the Great Barrier Reef for their species were cheating.
Anyway those quirks aside, I usually judge books like this by whether they teach me stuff I didn't know, and by that standard, this book is amazing. The authors/editor did an great job of showing the diversity of the world when they picked their conservation groups. For example I had never heard of the Wollemi Pine from Australia, now I am looking to order my seedling to support their efforts. I won't list the groups they polled but it is impressive, ranging from giants like the WWF to small single species groups like Fundacion Jocotoco.
And just as impressive as the editor's choices of conservation groups are the species the groups chose. The species chosen were obviously well thought out from Tadpole shrimp to YellowHammers to Common Skates. The 100 examples represent biodiversity very well and tell 100 timely and compelling conservation stories from the critically endangered to the surprisingly threatened. Some animals are standard poster species like Pandas while others are little known species that have suffered from their obscurity like the Ethiopian Wolf or Pygmy Hog.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. It far outweighed any expectation I had with it's content. The content is not particularly deep in coverage, but with the links to the conservation groups, it unlocks doors to endless additional information.
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