The Kingdom of Rarities [NOOK Book]

Overview


When you look out your window, why are you so much more likely to see a robin or a sparrow than a Kirtland's warbler or a California condor? Why are some animals naturally rare and others so abundant? The quest to find and study seldom-seen jaguars and flamboyant Andean cocks-of-the-rock is as alluring to naturalists as it is vitally important to science. From the Himalayan slopes of Bhutan to the most isolated mountain ranges of New Guinea, The Kingdom of Rarities takes us to some of the least-traveled places ...
See more details below
The Kingdom of Rarities

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$18.99 List Price

Overview


When you look out your window, why are you so much more likely to see a robin or a sparrow than a Kirtland's warbler or a California condor? Why are some animals naturally rare and others so abundant? The quest to find and study seldom-seen jaguars and flamboyant Andean cocks-of-the-rock is as alluring to naturalists as it is vitally important to science. From the Himalayan slopes of Bhutan to the most isolated mountain ranges of New Guinea, The Kingdom of Rarities takes us to some of the least-traveled places on the planet to catch a glimpse of these unique animals and many others. As he shares stories of these species, Eric Dinerstein gives readers a deep appreciation of their ecological importance and the urgency of protecting all types of life — the uncommon and abundant alike.

An eye-opening tour of the rare and exotic, The Kingdom of Rarities offers us a new understanding of the natural world, one that places rarity at the center of conservation biology. Looking at real-time threats to biodiversity, from climate change to habitat fragmentation, and drawing on his long and distinguished scientific career, Dinerstein offers readers fresh insights into fascinating questions about the science of rarity and unforgettable experiences from the field.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Juliet Eilperin
While The Kingdom of Rarities explores two wonky scientific questions—why are certain species rare, and how does this phenomenon inform modern-day conservation?—the book is more of an adventure story than an academic treatise…Dinerstein's message is a serious one…But what makes his book a good read is his deft writing and ability to bring his audience to the places he and his scientific colleagues have visited.
Publishers Weekly
01/28/2013
"The presence of large, potentially dangerous mammals connects us to something deep and primal and teaches us humility in a way that is unique and precious. We must not lose it." Dinerstein (Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations), Chief Scientist with the World Wildlife Fund, provides nature lovers with an armchair tour of the world, focusing on rare species from New Guinea to Hawaii. In clear, concise prose he discusses the circumstances responsible for rarity like evolution, habitat loss, and war. Such species possess an undeniable allure and he asks "how can we make them worth more alive than dead?" Dinerstein has visited many remote locations, from Bhutan to the Amazon, to study wildlife, and shares many personal observations of these places. By some estimates, 75% of life on Earth is comprised of rare species, and Dinerstein's study will give readers a new appreciation for the vast diversity of the planet. "Perhaps ahead of us is a prominent marker in our own development: the point when we truly value nature's diversity, a metric noted by conserving rare wildlife." Line drawings accompany the text, though color photos would be more fitting, but otherwise Dinerstein's study is highly recommended for readers with interests in biology, natural history, and ecology. (Jan.)
Conservation

"Dinerstein captures this innate fascination in a worldwide tour of exotic places and spectacular species, from jaguars in the Amazon to birds of paradise in New Guinea. Along the way, he weaves in lessons in ecology as well as passionate calls for conservation action."
Treehugger - Jaymi Heimbuch
“This is a truly fascinating and entertaining read—and a quick one as it is rather hard to put it down once you’ve started into it—and will no doubt have you looking at rare species in a whole new light, questioning what we really know of them, what their ecological roles truly are, and what might be done to preserve them in a way that is meaningful to their role in the local and global ecosystem.”
Foreword

“Extraordinary and engrossing account . . . with a friendly intimacy, he offers a personal narrative, a travelogue, and a celebration of the natural world, not a polemic. When Dinerstein asks questions about biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, and conservation biology, he is constructive, engaging, and exceptionally well informed. He is also balanced and realistic, daring to ask which species are the most important to protect and why.”
BBC Wildlife Magazine

"An evocatively described natural-history tour of the world's rare species. . . . Dinerstein enthuses and informs without being overwhelming."
The Guardian GrrlScientist blog

"As well as a scientific journey, The Kingdom of Rarities is also an adventure story—to meet the rare species that are central to this tale, the reader travels with the author to exotic locations including remote New Guinea, Hawaii, the heart of the Amazon, and the foothills of the Himalayas . . . this book's topic is fascinating."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Professor of Geography, UCLA - Jared Diamond

"Why are jaguars rare, despite being South America’s most powerful predator? Why, indeed, are most species rare? How can rare species exert a big effect on the landscape’s structure and function? If you, too, are open to the fascination that rare animals hold for adventure travelers and passionate ecologists, you’ll love the romance and exciting science that this book offers."
Author of The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman

"In colorful prose that conjures up the rich spell of each landscape, Dinerstein takes us along on exhilarating expeditions that crisscross the globe and travel deep into the heart of rare species, while sharing his own rare expertise and a luminous sense of wonder."
Author of Song for the Blue Ocean - Carl Safina

"The Kingdom of Rarities is a rarity itself, a book whose author is so in command of his material that you don’t realize how much you’re learning; you’re too caught up in the adventure of it all."
University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University - Edward O. Wilson

"Eric Dinerstein has given us a clear and expert account of a subject of increasing importance for the twenty-first century. The world is filling up with humans and species made rare—to whom we most urgently must devote more of our attention."
Earth Island Journal - Adam Federman
"Dinerstein's book offers a kaleidoscopic and highly entertaining picture of some of the world's most remote and diverse ecological hotspots."
Nature - Stuart Pimm

"Eric Dinerstein’s engaging new book [is a] . . . zoological travelogue, observing rare species across the planet and contemplating, as he does so, why rarity is profoundly important for our understanding of nature and our efforts to conserve it."
Greg Laden's Culture as Science ~ Science as Culture blog

“Excellent example of storytelling, nature writing, and science.”
Guardian GrrlScientist blog
"As well as a scientific journey, The Kingdom of Rarities is also an adventure story -- to meet the rare species that are central to this tale, the reader travels with the author to exotic locations including remote New Guinea, Hawaii, the heart of the Amazon, and the foothills of the Himalayas...this book's topic is fascinating."
The Wall Street Journal

“The well-traveled Mr. Dinerstein presents vivid case studies on the world's least common creatures, from a red hummingbird stranded on Robinson Crusoe Island off the coast of Chile to a cryptic forest-dwelling bovine in Vietnam . . . gripping.”
Washington Post

“What makes his book a good read is his deft writing and ability to bring his audience to the places he and his scientific colleagues have visited.”
The Ecologist

"Dinerstein's text is admirably accessible to the non-scientist. . . . Besides the passing nods to ethnography, the book is also enlivened by occasional poetic touches, and an unexpectedly numinous regard for the aesthetics of the flora and fauna encountered."
The Washington Post

“What makes his book a good read is his deft writing and ability to bring his audience to the places he and his scientific colleagues have visited.”
CHOICE

"He has cumulated over 40 years of his studies and experiences to highlight how rare species have developed intricate and complex webs, and how their existence has profound impacts on the ecosystem(s) in which they live . . . expertly weaves in examples to provide a solid context for layperson."
Nature Conservancy

"What makes an animal rare? Eric Dinerstein explains the nuanced answer in his book."
Maclean's

"In prose that is both lyrical and exact, he takes readers through various 'motherlodes of rarities' in search of answers, from Cuba’s Zapata Swamp through the jaguar-dense Madre de Dios region of Peru to the still little-known Vietnamese jungle."
The Nature Conservancy

"What makes an animal rare? Eric Dinerstein explains the nuanced answer in his book."
Oryx

"The book provides a superb balance between description, science and conservation. It's an easy, pleasant, and even exciting read, with the science gently fed to the reader as part of the book's adventure narrative."
Rhode Island Natural History Survey

"Dinerstein’s accessible prose and informative, inviting style informs the reader without sounding like a textbook or a polemic."
Treehugger

“This is a truly fascinating and entertaining read—and a quick one as it is rather hard to put it down once you’ve started into it—and will no doubt have you looking at rare species in a whole new light, questioning what we really know of them, what their ecological roles truly are, and what might be done to preserve them in a way that is meaningful to their role in the local and global ecosystem.”
Earth Island Journal

"Dinerstein's book offers a kaleidoscopic and highly entertaining picture of some of the world's most remote and diverse ecological hotspots."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610912075
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 974,842
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Eric Dinerstein is lead scientist and vice president of conservation science at the World Wildlife Fund. Over the past forty years he has studied bears, rhinos, tigers, bats, and plants and many other creatures around the globe, and he remains active in the conservation of rare species. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and several books, including The Return of the Unicorns:The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros and Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations. In 2007, Tigerland won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's award for science writing, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: The Uncommon Menagerie
Chapter 2: The Gift of Isolation
Chapter 3: A Jaguar on the Beach
Chapter 4: The Firebird Suite
Chapter 5: There, in the Elephant Grass
Chapter 6: Scent of an Anteater
Chapter 7: Invasion and Resistance
Chapter 8: Ghosts of Indochina
Chapter 9: Rarity Made Common
Annotated Bibliography
About the Author
Index

 

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Great

    Love it RD!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Time Travel Disaster: Chapter Three

    Rarity looked around at Canterlot. It was the same as he left it, but everyone was lined up at shop that sold what but cloths that Rarity had made. She trotted into the crowd, and everypony gasped and looked at her. She looked at the shop. On the window it said "Fine Rarities", and Rarity's cutie mark was displayed next to it. She trotted inside and saw every single dress she had ever made in there, even ones she had made for her friends! She saw the one she made Twilight fir her birthday, and tears filled her eyes. I must have changed the future somehow when I was late for the picnic! she thought. I must find Doctor Hooves! She galloped outside and started asking everypony if anypony had seen him. "No I haven't seen him," were all their answers. "Oh dear," Rarity whined. "This is just great! For all I know if I go back to Ponyville all my friends won't be my friends, all because I missed the picnic! And now Doctor Hooves has gone missing! What do I do?" That night, she slept restlessly, thinking of what might happen if she doesn't find the Doctor soon. She woke up the next morning to a knock at her door. She jumped out of her bed and answered it. It was the mailpony. "I've got a letter here for Rarity," he said. Rarity took the letter and read it. It said, "Dear Rarity, I heard of your troubles and I know you want my help. In the town square is the police box. Just walk into it and it will take you back again. You can fix what you did wrong then come back to the future and everything will be back to normal. Yours Truely, Doctor Hooves." After reading the letter, Rarity quickly galloped to the town square and trotted into the police box. She felt the box move under her hooves and fainted from dizzyness. ~Chapter four in the next result. I will rewrite chapter one in the fifth result because the book it was at disappeared. Im sorry this chapter is so short. RD 8\/\

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)