Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Savingby Julie Scardina
With one-third of known species being threatened with extinction, wildlife conservationists are some of the most important heroes on the planet, and Wildlife Heroes profiles the work of 40 of the leading conservationists and the animals and causes they are committed to saving, such as Belinda Low (zebras), Iain Douglas-Hamilton (elephants), Karen Eckert (sea turtles), S.T. Wong (sun bear), Steve Galster (wildlife trade), and Wangari Maathai (habitat loss). Since we all should have an interest in conservation, there is a chapter providing information on ways people can get involved and make a difference. Chapter introductions are by author Kuki Gallmann, actor Ted Danson, actress Stefanie Powers, Congressman Jay Inslee, and TV personality Jack Hanna.
"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."
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Meet the Author
Julie Scardina is the Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove Animal Ambassador. She serves on the board of the SeaWorld&Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and is actively involved with several other conservation organizations including the World Wildlife Fund. Julie has appeared on Larry King Live and Dr. Oz . She is a monthly guest on the Today Show and a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as she has for the past 14 years.
Jeff Flocken is the DC Office Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). He also works on campaigns conserving whales, polar bears, elephants, lions, and a variety of other species through this position. Jeff worked for five years as an International Affairs Specialist in the U.S. Fish&Wildlife Service's Division of International Conservation. He lives in Arlington, VA.
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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!
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.