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Witness to Extinction: How we Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin Hardcover – 23 Oct 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199549478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199549474
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,244,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A grim tale - but essential reading. (Mick Herron, Geographical )

Informative, comprehensive - and angry - study. (Jonathan Mirsky, Literary Review. )

This readable, often angry book has great authority...a depressing read perhaps, but this book is ideal for anyone interested in conservation. (BBC Wildlife. )

A harsh cautionary tale that's honest and realistic about what's needed to save species facing extinction. (Publishers Weekly )

At last someone is publicly mourning the tragic extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin. This is a highly authoritative, well written, thought-provoking and timely book. (Mark Carwardine, co-author of Last Chance to See )

Disturbing, harrowing and ultimately, hopefully educational account...The book is informative but never dry...One for us all to learn from. (Adventure Travel )

About the Author

Samuel Turvey is Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, a department of the Zoological Society of London. He is a conservation biologist with a principal interest in the history and prehistory of human-caused extinctions and in developing conservation strategies for today's threatened species. He was deeply involved with the conservation efforts surrounding the Yangtze River dolphin, and was the lead author of the 2007 paper which declared that it was probably extinct, generating tremendous international media attention.

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Rarely do you find a book that lingers on in your memory for months and years to come; this book will stay with me forever. An incredible, honest account which I hope we all learn from. The author takes you on an incredible journey documenting the Chinese mythology surrounding the Baiji, to the history of the Yangtze, followed by his quest to try and get the global community involved in conserving this magnificent creature. This book oozes raw passion that can't fail to get you angry, laughing and crying. You may be inclined to think this is a book for the conservation scientist, but it will not fail to captivate the attention of anyone who needs a story to change a part of their life. This book served that very purpose. A powerful and beautifully delivered read.
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Read this book and weep for how things went wrong for the Yangtze River Dolphin. Probably the best documented extinction story ever, and nature conservancy organisations don't look too good... If we want to learn from history, this book should be obligatory reading.
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I can't stress enough in this review what an excellent read this is. For any young conservatonist, or anyone with any interest at all in saving the natural world then you simply must read this book. It shines a light not only at Chinese conservation (or lack of) but of the reluctance of conservation bodies worldwide to do anything until it's too late.

The writing style is reads smoothly and the book really leaves an effect on you once you finish it. I really can't recommend this book strongly enough and it's important that people know the truth about how such a unique and beautiful species was allowed to slide into extinction, so that it never happens again.
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A tragic account of the destructive force of our own species, but it is necessary to be aware of the consequences of man's actions towards his fellow earthlings, direct or indirect. A warning for all of us.
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