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Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence

Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence

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by Michael Tobias, Jane Gray Morrison, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

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Are humans fated to destroy the world or save it? The sanctuary movement answers that a “world with us” can be filled with beauty and compassion for all creatures great and small. This intimate coffeetable book combines personal stories and original photographs from some of the most unusual sanctuaries in the world.


Are humans fated to destroy the world or save it? The sanctuary movement answers that a “world with us” can be filled with beauty and compassion for all creatures great and small. This intimate coffeetable book combines personal stories and original photographs from some of the most unusual sanctuaries in the world.

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Midwest Book Review
An awareness of environmental issues is now universal throughout first world and third world countries around the globe. That awareness of the diversity, beauty, and utility of what we humans must rescue, preserve and protect has now been beautifully and dramatically illustrated through the publication of "Sanctuary: Global Oases Of Innocence". The collaborative work of Michael Tobias (President of the Dancing Star Foundation, a nonprofit organization to global diversity conservation, animal protection, and environmental education) and Jane Gray Morrison (the Executive Vice President of the Dancing Star Foundation), "Sanctuary" is a 338-page compendium of full color photography showcasing twenty-four sanctuaries located throughout twenty different countries. Some of them are in private hands, others are public preserves, all of them are presented with an informed and informative text of description and explanation. Along with stunningly beautiful images of the flora and fauna. "Sanctuary" is a seminal and superbly produced volume of work that is enthusiastically recommended for personal, academic, and community library Environmental Studies and Photographic Studies collections and supplemental reading lists.
Shambhala Sun
This beautiful coffee table book is a visual and textual homage to the preservation of the natural world and to the individuals, worldwide, who protect it. Husband and wife team Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison traveled the world to document twenty-four havens for non-human life forms, from the Alertis bear refuge near Utrecht in the Netherlands to Gene Baur's farm animal sanctuary in Upstate New York; from Howard Buffet's cheetah reserve near Johannesburg in South Africa to the Kingdom of Bhutan, where 60 percent of the country is protected as inviolable primeval forest. Tobias and Morrison suggest that there is a "sanctuary movement" afoot, a spontaneous worldwide happening that will "rectify ongoing anthropogenic (human-induced) assaults on biodiversity; and halt the global epidemic of cruelty to animals." This book gives us some evidence for hope.
Library Journal

Paying tribute to those safe havens where life can flourish in peace, this handsome volume introduces us to 24 nature and wildlife sanctuaries in 20 countries around the world. The sanctuary movement combines the principles of conservation biology with an interest in protecting individual members of each species, whether plant, animal, or human. The authors traveled from deserts to rain forests, from mountains to seashores, and from farmlands to urban centers, and they devote a chapter to each location, revealing that particular sanctuary's unique focus. The photography is superb, but the overall result is much more than a collection of pretty pictures. The accompanying essays provide a bit of history and a glimpse into the personalitie\involved in each sanctuary's creation. The book also serves as a valuable cultural resource, as it takes a look at the cultures that host each of the locations discussed. Tobias and Morrison head Dancing Star Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and environmental education. They are also the authors of Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus. Highly recommended for environmental collections. [Dancing Star is negotiating with PBS to film a documentary based on the book.-Ed.]
—Deborah Emerson

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Council Oak Books
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11.40(w) x 12.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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"Sanctuary offers a singular vision of a world at peace ecologically."
Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Queen of Bhutan (From Her Foreword to the book)

Meet the Author

Michael Tobias is an author, ecologist, animal rights advocate, and filmmaker. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes magazine and his books include The Adventures of Mr. Marigold, Voice of the Planet, and World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium. Jane Gray Morrison is a filmmaker and coauthor, with Michael Tobias, of Donkey: The Mystique of Equus Asinus and God’s Country: The New Zealand Factor. She is also a coauthor of No Vacancy: Global Responses to the Human Population Explosion and a coeditor of A Parliament of Souls: In Search of Global Spirituality. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the first wife of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan. She is the Chief Patron of “Mountain Echoes: a Literary Festival,” and the Chief Patron to the Ministry of Agriculture. She is the author of Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as Told to His Daughter and Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan.

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Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NandaDevi More than 1 year ago
Not unlike the book, Wildlands Philanthropy, or Megadiversity, Sanctuary, by Tobias and Morrison is the first to qualify the sanctuary movement in stunning, hugely readable natural history text, and over 800 magnificent photographs. Tobias and Morrison photograph nature with a kind of unique lens that has clarity, motion, timelessness within aesthetic stillness. The text is hugely informed, inspiring, and brilliantly conveyed. This may well be one of the top five ecological works ever published. Truly thrilling! The work of Dancing Star Foundation is mind-blowing: they do it all, animal rights, conservation biology, systematics, philosophy and the metaphysics of ecology. It is a unique organization run by two of the real luminaries in the contentious, always difficult worlds of animal rights. But as Jains, clearly, this pair of scientist/artists are able time and again to accomplish what no other male/female team seem to have managed: tenable blueprints for the future.
literaryecoaddict More than 1 year ago
It's hard to imagine how Tobias and Morrison were able to create such an ambitious work. Usually such coffee table-science/photographic odysseys are the work of dozens of authors. But this is just two people. Quite phenomenal. Their ability to find a tenable path that merges animal rights with conservation is extraordinary and the photography gorgeous. A must read for policy people, and all students of nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tobias and Morrison are total geniuses. This is a book like no other. We heard about while traveling in Japan, then in Singapore and then in Australia where we saw it profiled in major magazines. Then we got it and spent a month with it, every night. This book is five PhDs in one; with 800 or so amazing images, and totally accessible science that outlines where we are at -really at- in the world; the combination of population, environment, extinctions, consumption, politics, and individual animal rights champions. Tobias and Morrison are two of the great champions on the planet. No doubt about it. I got Tobias' The Adventures of Mr Marigold, published in New Zealand following a review I read on Epublishers Weekly. It is, as the reviewer there declared, the modern day Don Quixote. Tobias is without doubt one our greatest living writers and thinkers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This conservationist couple, Tobias & Morrison, are stars in a league of their own. This book blew my family away: amazing images that differ from most in the degree of total intimacy: one is truly THERE with them as they journey to many of the most important biological preserves left on earth and -in startling, compelling, lyrical prose, convey all the reasons that our species must save that which is left on earth. SANCTUARY merges animal rights and traditional conservation in a way we have not seen anyone else approach, and it is about time. Their passion to save goats, chickens, donkeys, foxes, turkeys and sheep is equal to their remarkable pleas for the future of Borneo, Yemen, tropical rain forests, the Emirates, Malaysian butterflies, primates in Suriname, wolves in Portugal, old forests in Poland, Central Park in Manhattan and unique eastern Himalayan ecosystems, among many other places. This is absolutely one of the most inspiring 'out there' museum-quality books we've seen, the ultimate Xmas gift for all members of the family, as well as world leaders. A must!