Witness to Extinction: How we Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin Hardcover – 23 Oct 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Currently at A2 student and studying Marine Biology at university next year, such an amazing book, has the correct synergism between literature and knowledge. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Conor MO'Hagan
This is an excellent read for any nature enthusiasts, especially those interested in conservation. This work sums up the frustration and tragedy of the loss of the Yangtze River... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2011 by Paul
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