Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird

Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird

by Bruce Barcott
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Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott

Caring for orphaned animals at her own zoo in the tropical country of Belize, Sharon Matola became one of Central America’s greatest wildlife defenders. And when powerful outside forces conspired with the local government to build a dam that would flood the nesting ground of the only scarlet macaws in Belize, Matola was drawn into the fight of her life.

In The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, award-winning author Bruce Barcott chronicles Sharon Matola’s inspiring crusade to stop a multinational corporation in its tracks. Ferocious in her passion, Matila and her confederates–a ragtag army of courageous locals and eccentric expatriates–endure slander and reprisals and take the fight to the courtroom and the boardroom, from local village streets to protests around the globe. Barcott explores the tension between environmental conservation and human development, puts a human face on the battle over globalization, and ultimately shows us how one unwavering woman risked her life to save the most beautiful bird in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812973136
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/13/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 669,228
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bruce Barcott, author of The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier, is a contributing editor at Outside magazine. His feature articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s, Utne Reader, and other publications. He contributes reviews to The New York Times Book Review and the public radio show Living on Earth, and is a former Ted Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado. He lives in Seattle with his wife and their two children.

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Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nonfiction tale that reads like fiction, full of interesting real-world characters and a twisting story line. This book is a fascinating read, whether you are passionate about conservation and development issues or just interested in the international political dramas at play in a small, developing country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TurtleRB More than 1 year ago
I had the privelege of meeting Sharon Matola briefly the day I spent at "The Best Little Zoo". She is an energetic woman who gives her all for animals. Her collection includes at least one of every species from Central America, acquired by people dropping off with her any sick,injured or abandoned animalwhich she always takes in. This book tells the story of her efforts to preserve a feeding, breeding, fledging area for Macaws in Belize where the government had decided to build a dam, which she believed to be very costly and unnecessary. It's a "You can't fight city hall" story which she fought all the way to England and lost. However, the last thing you'll call her is "a looser".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago