Endangered: Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction

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A beautifully illustrated book on endangered species and the opportunities to save them.

Earth has seen at least five great extinction periods, each wiping out up to 95 percent of all living species. They involved massive volcanic eruptions, disastrous meteor strikes and rapid climatic changes. The main point of Endangered is that the sixth great extinction will be the result of humankind's abuse of the environment.

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Overview

A beautifully illustrated book on endangered species and the opportunities to save them.

Earth has seen at least five great extinction periods, each wiping out up to 95 percent of all living species. They involved massive volcanic eruptions, disastrous meteor strikes and rapid climatic changes. The main point of Endangered is that the sixth great extinction will be the result of humankind's abuse of the environment.

Featuring more than 400 photographs, this book details the plant and animal species that are either endangered or so severely threatened that they soon will be. The authors offer a thoughtful celebration of nature's diversity not scaremongering — and a plea to rein in current behaviors that negatively affect the planet. Their proposals form a reasoned and hopeful guide to a future world that will be safe for all species. Creatures profiled include marsupials, monkeys, sea turtles, birds of prey, and butterflies and moths.

The extraordinary imagery and the compelling and objectively presented information make Endangered essential reading for anyone interested in natural history.

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Science Books and Films - Jorie M. Favreau
Balances encyclopedia coverage with a style that is engaging and easy to read. Even though conservation is a rapidly developing science, McGavin's material is up to date and relevant. The writing is appealing enough for the reader to read through the book from cover to cover.... Endangered would be an excellent addition to any school or public library. The material is covered in enough depth to be used as a resource for undergraduates or the adult general public, yet accessible enough for junior high readers.
Wildlife Activist
This Firefly book is valuable for much more than its high quality color photographs.... Easy to read and enlightening.... A valuable and educational resource book.
The Quarterly Review of Biology - Tom Scott
Most ecologists can trace their career path to a moment that kindled their interest in the natural world; the photographs of this book have that quality and can compete with the electronic distractions of the internet.
Science News
Explores extinction and how it progresses... reviews the actions that people can take now to stem the tide of destruction.
Science Books & Films
Best Books 2007, Junior High & Young Adult, Zoological Sciences
Globe and Mail
[Globe and Mail 2006 Holiday Gift Book selection] Full of lovely photographs ... a history of forms of extinction and a catalogue of contemporary creatures and the threats they face.
Halifax Chronicle Herald - Jodi DeLong
McGavin tells us [that] without radical changes... the next great extinction event will be caused by our careless ways.
Edmonton Journal - Richard Helm
Much more than just a picture book, Endangered examines how various creatures live, why each is threatened and what might be done about it. It also weighs the pros and cons of preserving species in zoos and aquariums, including the problems posed by breeding from a limited gene pool.
Canadian Field Naturalist - Brent Tegler
Extinction provides an enormous amount of anecdotal information that is interesting to read.
The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch
An eye-catching overview for general-interest patrons, and to high school and college-level libraries.... More than a simple rehash of extinction theory... [it] deftly examines the different types and scales of extinctions and their consequences.
VOYA - Kim Zach
In the introduction to this compelling book about biodiversity, the author writes, "There was a time long ago when the effect humans had on their environment was minimal and localized." But, McGavin explains, this statement is no longer true. The burden placed on the earth's resources grows more desperate every day and can be attributed to a human population explosion that coincides with massive extinction of other species. McGavin believes that in the next century, between twenty and fifty percent of the world's animal species could be lost, and the results will be disastrous for the environment and for humankind. Written in simple, nonscientific prose and fully illustrated with color photographs, maps, and many sidebars, the book is visually appealing as well as intellectually stimulating. The first two sections offer an overview of previous mass-extinction events. It is a fascinating look at the disappearance of a wide variety of life-dinosaurs, marine species, insects, even plants-and the causes such as change in sea level, asteroids, and global cooling. The third and largest section showcases more than fifty classes of animals and the stories of how they live, the reasons that they are on the endangered list, and things humans can do to slow down or prevent their extinction. The final section discusses preservation, international rescue, adjusting human lifestyles, and the very real possibility of the human species becoming endangered itself. The book's message is timely and relevant to all, but it is particularly notable for serious science students or students seeking interesting topics for speeches and research papers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554071838
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

George McGavin is an assistant curator of entomological collections at Oxford University who lectures on biological and human sciences. He is the author of Essential Entomology: An Order-by-Order Introduction.

David Burnie is a biologist and zoologist whose professional books have won educational awards and science prizes.

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