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Return of the Unicorns: Natural History and Conservation of the Greater-One Horned Rhinoceros

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Overview

Since 1984, Eric Dinerstein has led the team directly responsible for the recovery of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal, where the population had once declined to as few as 100 rhinos. The Return of the Unicorns is an account of what it takes to save endangered large mammals. Dinerstein outlines the multifaceted recovery program—structured around targeted fieldwork and scientific research, effective protective measures, habitat planning and management, public-awareness campaigns, economic incentives to promote local guardianship, and bold, uncompromising leadership—that brought these extraordinary animals back from the brink of extinction. In an age when scientists must also become politicians, educators, fund-raisers, and activists in order to safeguard the subjects they study, Dinerstein's inspiring story offers a successful model for large-mammal conservation applicable throughout Asia and across the globe.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Quarterly Review of Biology - Donald R. Prothero
Dinerstein provides a glimmer of hope... with his success story of the conservation of the Indian or greater one-horned rhinoceros.... [He] discusses the implications of this success story for conservation efforts elsewhere, and clearly rejects attempts to capture rare animals and maintain their populations by captive breeding.
Conservation Biology - Joel Berger
This book offers much to anyone interested in practical, how-to conservation, far-away landscapes, large and exotic-sounding mammals, biodiversity, planning,and tropical ecology.... a beautifully candid account... this is the book that conservation pragmatists and cynics should read to discover why optimism about the conservation of large mammals in human-dominated landscapes is not misplaced.
Basic and Applied Ecology - Samuel Zschokke
an excellent overview of many aspects of the biology and conservation of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal.
Ecology - Mark S. Boyce
the book is a landmark contribution on the ecology and conservation of large mammals.
Quarterly Review of Biology
Dinerstein provides a glimmer of hope... with his success story of the conservation of the Indian or greater one-horned rhinoceros.... [He] discusses the implications of this success story for conservation efforts elsewhere, and clearly rejects attempts to capture rare animals and maintain their populations by captive breeding.

— Donald R. Prothero

Conservation Biology
This book offers much to anyone interested in practical, how-to conservation, far-away landscapes, large and exotic-sounding mammals, biodiversity, planning,and tropical ecology.... a beautifully candid account... this is the book that conservation pragmatists and cynics should read to discover why optimism about the conservation of large mammals in human-dominated landscapes is not misplaced.

— Joel Berger

Basic and Applied Ecology
an excellent overview of many aspects of the biology and conservation of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal.

— Samuel Zschokke

Ecology
the book is a landmark contribution on the ecology and conservation of large mammals.

— Mark S. Boyce

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231084505
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2003
  • Series: Biology and Resource Management Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Dinerstein is chief scientist and vice president for science at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. In addition to being active in large-mammal conservation in Asia for twenty-six years, he is the co-author of the Global 200 Ecoregions, an effort to establish global priorities for biodiversity conservation.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword by George B. SchallerPart I: Vanishing Mammals, Vanishing Landscapes 1. Vanishing Mammals: The Rise and Fall of the Rhinoceroses2. Culture, Conservation, and the Demand for Rhinoceros Horn3. Vanishing Landscapes: The Flood Plain Ecosystem of ChitwanPart II: Biology of an Endangered Megaherbivore 4. Size and Sexual Dimorphism in Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros5. The Biology of an Extinction-Prone Species: Facing Demographic, Genetic, and Environmental Threats6. Life on the Flood Plain: Spacing and Ranging Behavior, Feeding Ecology, and Activity Patterns7. Male Dominance, Reproductive Success, and the "Incisor Size Hypothesis"8. Endangered Phenomena: Rhinoceros as Landscape ArchitectsPart III: The Recovery of Endangered Large Mammal Populations and their Habitats in Asia 9. Does Privately-Owned Ecotourism Support Conservation of Charismatic Megafauna? 10. Making Room for Megafauna: Promoting Local Guardianship of Endangered Species and Landscape-scale Conservation11. The Recovery of Rhinoceros and Other Asian Megafauna ConclusionAppendix A: MethodsAppendix B: Measurements and other Physical Features of greater one-horned rhinoceros captured in Royal Chitwan National Park, NepalAppendix C: Demographic and Genetic DataAppendix D: Profile of Rhinoceros BehaviorAppendix E: Profile of Rhinoceros BehaviorAppendix F: Reproductive Histories of Adult female Rhinoceros

Columbia University Press

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