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The extinction club
on 19 June 2014
Pere David's Deer, otherwise known as the Milu, which went extinct in its native China and was restored by a captive herd in Britain, is the putative topic. It only occupies a few pages.
There's a lot of rambling, comments by the author about himself and side tracks. Some of the side tracks are well explored and worth a trip. Some are padding, as presented anyway.
This is a slim volume and I was disappointed and surprised that despite the descriptions of the comically assembled deer, there is no photo or drawing any larger than the thumbnail sketch on the cover.
There is a section about a club of gun nuts - mostly American - who - the author claims - go around the world deliberately trying to drive endangered species extinct. If any of this is true the author should supply all details to appropriate authorities and to groups like WWF. Endangered species are almost always preserved from hunting. If none of it is true it has no business in this book.
Not a great read, but an okay browse. Some humour, but not that funny. Some intelligent comment and research, but not enough for any claim to depth.