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Horn of Darkness: Rhinos on the Edge / Edition 1
     

Horn of Darkness: Rhinos on the Edge / Edition 1

by Carol Cunningham
 

ISBN-10: 0195138805

ISBN-13: 9780195138801

Pub. Date: 03/16/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The black rhino is nature's tank, feared by all animals. Even lions will break off a hunt to detour around one. And yet the black rhino is on the edge of extinction, its numbers dwindling from 100,000 at the turn of the century, to less than 2,500 today. The reason is that in places like Yemen, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, the rhino's horn is more valuable than

Overview

The black rhino is nature's tank, feared by all animals. Even lions will break off a hunt to detour around one. And yet the black rhino is on the edge of extinction, its numbers dwindling from 100,000 at the turn of the century, to less than 2,500 today. The reason is that in places like Yemen, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, the rhino's horn is more valuable than gold, so valuable that people will risk their lives to harvest it. To deter rhino poachers, African governments have spent millions--on helicopters, paramilitary operations, fences and guard dogs, even relocation to protected areas.
Finally, Namibia decided to de-horn its rhino population, in a last ditch effort to stop the slaughter. In 1991, Carol Cunningham and Joel
Berger, and their eighteen-month-old daughter Sonja, went to Namibia to weigh the effects of de-horning on rhinos. In Horn of Darkness,
they tell the story of three years in the Namib Desert, studying
Africa's last sizable population of free-roaming black rhinos.
This is the closest most readers will come to experiencing life in the remaining wilds of Africa. Cunningham and Berger, writing alternate chapters, capture what it is like to leave the comforts of civilization, to camp for months at a time in a land filled with deadly predators, to study an animal that is reclusive, unpredictable,
and highly dangerous. The authors describe staking out water holes in the dead of the night, creeping to within twenty-seven meters of rhinos to photograph them, all the while keeping a lookout for hyenas,
elephants, and lions. Weaving together the historical accounts of other naturalists, a vividly detailed look at life in the wild, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of scientific work and the dark side of the conservation movement, Horn of Darkness is destined to be a classic work on the natural world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138801
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/16/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 3.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

A Black Rhino Time Line
Map
I. YEAR OF THE MOPANE FLY [1991]
1. In the Rhino's Path
2. Bumbling around in the Bush
3. Trial by Fire
4. Etosha
5. Dark Nights and Moonlight
6. Mom
7. The Unforgiving Desert
8. A Tracker Appears
9. It Depends on Your Perspective
10. Through the Eyes of a Poacher
11. "The Missus"
II. YEAR OF THE TSONGOLOLO [1992]
12. A Caprivi Crossing
13. Rhino Illusions
14. Namib Edge
15. Buried in Sand
16. Lions and Hyenas
17. The Dead and the Brave
18. Concrete Corridors
19. Of Science and Ecology
III. YEAR OF THE SCORPION [1993]
20. The Europa Hof
21. Trails of Dust
22. Of Moths and Maggots
23. The Zimbabwe Massacre
24. Missing Calves
25. The Witch Doctor's Revenge
26. The Pelvis and the Lion
27. Horn Traders
IV. YEAR OF THE HUMAN [1994]
28. Rhino Rhetoric
29. Xenophobia
Epilogue
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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