State of the Wild: A Global Portrait of Wildlife, Wildlands, and Oceans

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Overview

How do we gauge the state of earth's wildlife, wildlands, and oceans? State of the Wild is a new annual series that brings together some of the world's most renowned conservationists and writers-George Schaller, Alan Rabinowitz, Sylvia Earle, Rick Bass, Bill McKibben, Tom Lovejoy, and many others-to assess wildlife and wilderness, and to provide insights into how humans can become better stewards of the wild.

This new annual publication will combine evocative writings with a fascinating tour of news highlights and vital statistics from around the world. One-third of each volume will focus on a topic of particular concern to conservationists working to protect wildlife and our last wild places. This 2006 edition explores the impacts of hunting and the wildlife trade through a range of essays: Ted Kerasote traces the history of hunting in North America; Carl Safina, Eric Gilman, and Wallace J. Nichols quantify the toll taken by commercial fishing on seabirds, turtles, and other marine species; James Compton and Samuel K. H. Lee explore the global reach of the wildlife trade for traditional Asian medicine.

Contributors also examine other pivotal conservation issues, from the reasons why one in eight of the world's birds are endangered, to the impacts of global climate change, to the complexity of conserving seals, flamingos, zebras, and other wide-ranging species. The book's closing essay, "The Relative Wild," considers what exactly it means for a place to be "wild," where even the most remote corners of the planet have been altered by human activities.

Uniquely structured with magazine-like features up front, conservation news in the middle, and essay contributionsfrom eminent authors and biologists throughout, this landmark series is an essential addition to any environmental bookshelf.

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Editorial Reviews

Men's Journal - Sharon Guynup

"The value of this overstuffed volume (the premier edition of a series) is twofold: One, it provides a no-bullshit roundup and analysis of the year's major environmental stories -- a regular physical for the planet. And two, it gives experts like Carl Safina and essayists like Rick Bass and Ted Kerasote ample room to explain why it all so desperately matters."

CHOICE - W.E. Drew Jr.

"A new annual publication from the Wildlife Conservation Society, this work has four goals: (1) analyzing global conservation issues, (2) highlighting global news on conservation and the wild, (3) promoting science-based solutions to conservation problems, and (4) influencing global public policy. To accomplish these goals, it incorporates essays and scientific works from over 40 contributors, ranging from policy specialists to wildlife biologists to science writers. Reports cover all continents and oceans. Issues range from the wildlife trade in bushmeat to the effects of war on protected areas in the Congo. The book includes black-and-white illustrations, color prints, maps, charts, an excellent index with cross-references, see also references, and scientific and common names of organisms. Offering thorough documentation of the impact of the human species on the globe, the contributors are hopeful but also realistic in their perspective. State of the Wild 2006 belongs in every public, school, academic, and government library. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels."

chief scientist, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland - Jeffrey A. McNeely

"The wild helps to define us as human, and our efforts to conserve the wild help to demonstrate how civilized we are. State of the Wild 2006 contains some alarming figures about the loss of the wild but balances these with aspiring stories of efforts to maintain the wilderness areas that inspire so many of us to conserve the diversity of our planet."
Southeastern Naturalist

"No one can remain complacent after reading this book; the problems are real and they threaten our very existence, but the stories of successful conservation efforts give hope that we can still preserve what remains. Future editions in this series are sure to be eagerly anticipated."
Men's Journal

"The value of this overstuffed volume (the premier edition of a series) is twofold: One, it provides a no-bullshit roundup and analysis of the year's major environmental stories—a regular physical for the planet. And two, it gives experts like Carl Safina and essayists like Rick Bass and Ted Kerasote ample room to explain why it all so desperately matters."
CHOICE

"Offering thorough documentation of the impact of the human species on the globe, the contributors are hopeful but also realistic in their perspective. State of the Wild 2006 belongs in every public, school, academic, and government library."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597260008
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: State of the Wild Series
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wildlands through field research, education, and management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. WCS publishes an award-winning magazine, Wildlife Conservation, and partners with media outlets to cover pressing conservation issues.

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Table of Contents

By the numbers : hunted, traded, and eaten into extinction
Foreword : a brief history of state of the wild
Introduction : wildlife, wildlands, and oceans 2
Gold or flowers : one view on the state of the wild 6
Mapping the wild : the human footprint 16
Discoveries 18
New conservation methods and technologies 20
Regulating the wild 22
The rarest of the rare : some of the world's most endangered animals 26
Africa 36
Asia 45
Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands 52
Central and South America 58
Europe 65
Middle East and North Africa 69
North America 72
Oceans 79
Polar regions 87
Setting the scene 95
A short history of hunting in North America 99
Consuming wildlife in the tropics 106
Wildlife trade within East Asia : supply and demand for traditional Oriental medicine 114
Twine and the ancient mariners : albatrosses, sea turtles, and fishing gear encounters 122
Ebola, SARS, and other diseases that imperil people and animals 131
Hunting for conservation in the Amazon rain forests : lessons learned from Peru 139
Let them eat cake? : some skeptical thoughts on conservation strategies in the bushmeat range states 149
Biting the hand that feeds you : the consumption of nature and natural resources in the tropics 153
Response to John Robinson : postindustrial conservation ideals and real-world politics 157
Response to David Brown : the view from Versailles contrasts with local reality 158
Comments on Brown vs. Robinson : bushmeat trade : thoughts from "the coast" 159
Through the looking glass : the tragedy of depleting wildlife resources : a response to John Robinson and David Brown 161
Let them eat LSD bushmeat : thoughts arising from Brown vs. Robinson 163
Listening to the birds 169
Species in focus : saving jaguars throughout their range : from theory to practice 178
Climate change and the wild : into the great unknown 186
The gathering wave of ocean extinctions 195
Conservation strategies for colonial and social species 202
The land the wilderness act forgot 215
Marine protected areas : can we rebuild marine ecosystems by closing areas to fishing? 222
Culturally determined wildlife populations : the problem of the designer ark 233
Conservation and conflict : the importance of continuing conservation work during political upheaval and armed conflict 243
Neither war nor peace : protected areas still at risk in DR Congo, 2005 250
The destruction of Iraq's wetlands and impacts on biodiversity 254
Captive breeding : miracle under fire 256
Can tropical forests be managed for timber production and wildlife protection? 265
What falls through the cracks in conservation strategies? : interviews with Sylvia Earle and Thomas Lovejoy 271
Afterword : the relative wild 279
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