Yet again Chris Weston & Art Wolfe have put together some of the most stunning images of the worlds most endangered species, and to top it all, a narrative that explains in laymen's terms, what is wrong with the conservation programs, why are some of the most enigmatic animals on the planet being lost forever, and what needs to be done to preserve them. Throwing large amounts of western power and cash doesn't appear to be doing the trick, bureaucracy & red tape are in abundance. Having read several of Chris's previous titles I can honestly say his passion for what he is doing is conveyed expertly in the text. This book is not a photographic collection of endangered species it is a chronicle of what, where, why and how the interaction between poverty stricken countries and the wildlife around them are fighting a war all of their own, one of survival, and why the old fashioned remedies thought up by large meetings of bureaucrats isn't working, there is some interesting interviews, from all sides of the fence, from the government officials to the poacher in prison, asking WHY? WHAT? and more importantly, is there a WAY? of stopping this destruction, before it's too late, the solutions are not in the book, that would make it far too large to print, carry and keep on the coffee table, but the question "How can we adapt, to help both sides of the most important battle they are fighting. life versus death" is not only asked, but some very sound reasonable ideas are thrown into the pot, if it can work here, why not there?
This is a lot more than a book of images, although those alone would make the book worth every penny of the asking price, there's a lesson to learn, and you can learn it, just as Chris obviously has done in his two year journey to record every detail he can about the frontline of extinction.