The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds

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Ackerman journeys in search of monarch butterflies and short-tailed albatrosses, monk seals and golden lion tamarin monkeys: the world's rarest creatures and their vanishing habitats. She delivers a rapturous celebration of other species that is also a warning to our own. Traveling from the Amazon rain forest to a forbidding island off the coast of Japan, enduring everything from broken ribs to a beating by an irate seal, Ackerman reveals her subjects in all their splendid particularity. She shows us how they ...

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Ackerman journeys in search of monarch butterflies and short-tailed albatrosses, monk seals and golden lion tamarin monkeys: the world's rarest creatures and their vanishing habitats. She delivers a rapturous celebration of other species that is also a warning to our own. Traveling from the Amazon rain forest to a forbidding island off the coast of Japan, enduring everything from broken ribs to a beating by an irate seal, Ackerman reveals her subjects in all their splendid particularity. She shows us how they feed, mate, and migrate. She eavesdrops on their class and courtship dances. She pays tribute to the men and women hwo have deoted their lives to saving them.

The renowned author of A Natural History of the Senses takes readers in search of the "rarest of the rare, " species likely to disappear before most of us have ever seen them. From Brazil to the Pacific to Japan, Ackerman shares her concern at the animals' plight, rejoices at the chance to experience them, and cheers those who work to save these fantastic creatures.

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"A life-changing excursion, pleasing, and provocative to mind, body, and soul."—San Francisco Chronicle

"This reader was left wondering which was more impressive, Ms. Ackerman's meticulous prose or her intrepid spirit."—New York Times Book Review

"A work to savor...Ackerman brings to her work a poetic sensitivity that enchants while it informs...entrancing."—Philadelphia Inquirer

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Naturalist and poet Ackerman visits remote places, from Hawaii to Brazil, observing animals and their ecosystems. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Like Ackerman's The Moon by Whale Light (LJ 10/15/91), this is a collection of six essays previously published in such venues as the New Yorker and Cond Nast Traveler. In describing her search for endangered species in inaccessible places, Ackerman writes, "As a member of the species responsible for their downfall, I feel an urgent need to witness and celebrate them before they vanish." On low-lying French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii, she accompanies researchers with the Monk Seal Project. In the Amazon, she observes primatologists from American zoos reintroduce golden lion tamarind to the wild. On inaccessible Torishima (bird island), 580 kilometers south of Tokyo, Ackerman falls and cracks a rib climbing rocky cliffs to glimpse the courtship and nesting of short-tailed albatrosses. In California, she delicately tags butterflies so that the Monarch Project can study their migration. Engrossing reading for amateur naturalists, ideal for public library collections.-Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa.
Booknews
Ackerman turns her gift for adventure and poetic description to a vast world of disappearing species and habitats. Her journeys lead to, among other places, the habitats of the golden lion tamarind in Brazil's rain forest, the monk seals of the Pacific's French Frigate Shoals, and the vital but threatened layover sites of the monarch butterfly. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679776239
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 969,510
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman
Diane Ackerman is the acclaimed author of A Natural History of the Senses, the bestselling The Zookeeper's Wife, Dawn Light, One Hundred Names for Love, and many other books. She lives in Ithaca, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    TAP HERE PLEASE

    I get catipillers from our butterfly plant and we raise them intill they become monarc butterflys.this book is great:)!!!!!!!!!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Yay

    Yay good book

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