Primatologist Dame Jane Goodall was born in London, but she is probably most at home in Africa. She first arrived in what is now Tanzania in 1960 and devoted her next 45 years to studying the behavior of chimpanzees in the wilds. Goodall continues her good work with this encouraging, fact-filled narrative about what has been done to revive endangered species of the world. Writing about examples as far-flung as the North American whooping crane and the Mongolian miniature horse, she explains the radical responses that breakdowns in ecosystems often necessitate. Her approach to these problems is positive, but Goodall is no cock-eyed optimist: She addresses the very real environmental problems that plague every creature on the planet, including ourselves.
…within the environmental devastation surrounding us, it is not amiss for Goodall to remind us that, after all the evils had flown from Pandora's box, there at the bottom remained hope.
The Washington Post
With the resurgence of red wolves and California condors, there is good news on the species front, as chronicled in this collection of success stories by renowned chimp researcher Goodall. Section one recounts the revival of six mammal and bird species, including Mongolian miniature horses and Australian wallabies, that became extinct in the wild but are being reintroduced to their natural habitat through captive breeding. Section two describes efforts to bring species back from near extinction, among them Brazil's golden lion tamarin and the North American whooping crane. Section three details continuing efforts to preserve 11 species, including the giant pandas of China, whose bamboo diet is disappearing, and the Asian vultures of India, whose "disastrous population drop"-from a reported 87 million birds to 27 breeding pairs in 2006-has led to a dramatic rise in disease incubated by putrefying cattle carcasses once scavenged by the carrion-loving birds. Goodall is no Pollyanna about species reclamation-she acknowledges that there have been more losses than gains-but these accounts of conservation success are inspirational. (Sept. 2)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Primatologist/anthropologist and prolific author Goodall follows up Harvest for Hope (2005) with this inspiring book on the future of the animal kingdom in which she discusses efforts undertaken by environmentalists worldwide that are helping to pull endangered species back from the brink of extinction and emphasizes the need to protect these species' habitats. Goodall—with her gentle, inimitable voice—reads most of the text herself, while coauthor/Cincinnati Zoo director Maynard reads the foreword and field notes. A bonus PDF contains photos and "What You Can Do" resources. With its powerful and important message, this book has the muscle both to inspire and effect real change; highly recommended. [The Grand Central hc was recommended for "readers interested in wildlife, ecology, and armchair travel," LJ 7/09.—Ed.]—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO
A heartening collection of conservation success stories from world-renowned primatologist Goodall (Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, 2005, etc.), with field notes from Cincinnati Zoo director Maynard (Komodo Dragons, 2006, etc.)At 75, the author of the classic In the Shadow of Man (1971) offers good news about the environment drawn from her worldwide travels with the Jane Goodall Institute. Writing with warmth and good humor, the author presents a cornucopia of stories about people and groups who have worked tirelessly-and often against great odds-to save or help in the recovery of more than two-dozen animal species on the brink of extinction. Based on in-person conversations with biologists and others, her chatty accounts paint a vivid picture of how captive breeding and other initiatives by passionate individuals, governments and NGOs have brought back species nearly decimated by development, hunting, pollution and other human activities. A few stories are familiar, such as the establishment of a new migratory flock of whooping cranes-Goodall flew in an ultra-light aircraft that leads young cranes to winter quarters in Florida-but most have been little-noticed. These include China's Milu deer (aka Pere David's Deer), which barely survived food deprivations in two world wars, were saved by several Europeans and reintroduced in China from a British estate in 1986; the dwindling golden lion tamarins of Brazil, which were bred at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., until they could be released in Brazil with the help of local farmers; and the millions of Asian vultures that once cleaned up cattle carcasses in India and Pakistan are returning after actions to eliminate tworecently discovered threats-the drug Diclofenac, which is lethal to the birds, and the harmful powdered-glass coatings on kite strings, often used in Asia's popular kite festivals. Notable sections of the book describe efforts to save birds on isolated island environments threatened by alien species-all but 18 of the remaining Stephen's Island wrens off the coast of New Zealand were killed by a lighthouse keeper's cat in the late 19th century-and the discovery of new species and ecosystems, such as an Israeli cave system sealed off for more than two million years. An upbeat compendium that will energize both hands-on and armchair conservationists. Author events in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
"These accounts of conservation success are inspirational." Publisher's Weekly"
Goodall's intimate writing style and sense of wonder pull the reader into each account... The mix of personal and scientific makes for a compelling read." Booklist