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"Environmental advocates Scardina and Flocken profile the grassroots organizations, tenacious scientists, and willful philanthropists that shape today’s conservation policy and practice. Each portrait centers on a threatened or endangered species and describes the life and work of the person who has dedicated his career to protecting the species from extinction. Organized into sections corresponding to the four elements—Earth, Water, Air, and Fire—with introductory essays by celebrities like Ted Danson, the subjects are grouped according to their habitat, with “Fire” focusing on the broader threats to the world’s ecosystems. The pithy summaries of the activists’ struggles are accompanied by informative tidbits about the biology, behavior, natural history, and cultural context of the target species, along with delightful photographs of both human and beast. From the grassland-dwelling maned wolf of Central South America to the iceberg-hopping emperor penguin of Antarctica, the book shows how negative human interference imperils the welfare of all living things, and suggests that by taking an active role in conservation, education, and community building, we can help prevent the tragic loss of the world’s biological diversity."
"Conservationists Scardina (a regular on Today and The Tonight Show) and Flocken have created an alluring book of dazzling photographs and stirring stories of adventure and breakthroughs that introduces intriguing "wildlife heroes" and portrays the imperiled animals they have dedicated, even risked, their lives to save… this keenly charismatic, solidly informative call for the preservation of life affirms that it is still possible, with concerted effort, to save animals from extinction."
Posted June 2, 2012
Posted April 14, 2012
I recently finished reading the new book, Wildlife Heroes, by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken (DC Office Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare). This book tells the stories of 40 conservationists and the various animals they work to protect. Each of the profiles includes information on a species and its habitat, stories about how these conservationists protect the animals, and beautiful photos. We learn about the educational background of these conservationists (a very helpful piece of information, if you’re trying to inspire children to go into the sciences), as well as the current status (endangered, threatened, etc) of the animals. I particularly liked the two sidebars in each chapter, “What you should know about [the species]” and even more important, “Why it is important to save [the species]”.
The book is divided into sections on land animals, aquatic animals, animals that fly or live in the forest canopy, and critical wildlife issues. The authors state in the introduction that their focus is on larger vertebrates, which I thought might make me less interested in the stories, since I love those invertebrates! But each story was so fascinating, I just kept reading and reading. I especially enjoyed the chapter on the maned wolf, and the chapter on Nguyen Van Thai’s efforts to protect the Asian pangolins. The book also includes a section on how readers can help with conservation. Another great feature of the book is its organization. The stories are each 4-5 pages long – just the right length for the time-pressed reader.
Definitely worth a read – Wildlife Heroes by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken!
Posted March 24, 2012
The photography is gorgeous. The animals and their champions are shown to their best advantage. The stories of how and/or why these people have dedicated their lives to rescuing animals are inspiring and touching.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.