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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition edition (18 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674049926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674049925
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 21.4 cm
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Longevity, toughness and wisdom are the qualities we associate with this iconic animal. Craig B. Stanford shows how their habitat is threatened and takes us to the markets where they are sold for food, as pets and even as soup bowls...He writes about conservationists and their efforts to combat extinction risk, but he is not hopeful: "Once the wild populations are virtually exterminated," a few will "hang on only in zoos and in the hands of wealthy private collectors. They will no longer be a species in the evolutionary sense. They will just be a scattered gene pool, a few protected, priceless animals locked up in cages." Here's a chance to know a little about them before they are gone.--Susan Salter Reynolds"Los Angeles Times" (05/16/2010)

[Stanford's] reporting here is professional and remarkably thorough, but tinged with anger and sadness at the senselessness of the crisis.--Greg Ross"American Scientist" (07/01/2010)

Stanford utilized his expertise in primate anthropology and his field experiences with turtles in the Galipagos and Mascarene islands to produce an easily readable and exceptionally informative, if somewhat depressing, narrative on globally threatened turtles, collectively called tortoises.--E. D. Keiser"Choice" (11/01/2010)

Stanford writes in an engaging, storytelling style that speaks of his passion for the topic and his personal experiences both as a young naturalist and a seasoned biologist. He details the importance of tortoises to the various ecosystems they inhabit and builds a case for our need to be concerned about their declining population sizes, both from the standpoint of tortoise species and whole ecosystems.--Eleanor Sterling"Times Higher Education" (05/13/2010)

About the Author

Craig B. Stanford is Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California.

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