Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record

by Errol Fuller




A photograph of an extinct animal evokes a greater feeling of loss than any painting ever could. Often black and white or tinted sepia, these remarkable images have been taken mainly in zoos or wildlife parks, and in some cases depict the last known individual of the species. Lost Animals is a unique photographic record of extinction, presented by a world authority on vanished animals. Richly illustrated throughout, this handsome book features photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year that witnessed the demise of the Hawaiian Po'ouli. From a mother Thylacine and her pups to birds such as the Heath Hen and the Carolina Parakeet, Errol Fuller tells the story of each animal, explains why it became extinct, and discusses the circumstances surrounding the photography.

Covering 28 extinct species, Lost Animals includes familiar examples like the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, and one of the last Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, photographed as it peers quizzically at the hat of one of the biologists who has just ringed it. But the book includes rare images as well, many never before published. Collected together here for the first time, these photographs provide a tangible link to animals that have now vanished forever, in a book that brings the past to life while delivering a warning for the future.

Poignant and compelling, Lost Animals also includes a concise introduction that looks at the earliest days of animal photography, and an appendix of drawings and paintings of the species covered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691161372
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/02/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Errol Fuller is an acclaimed artist and writer, and a world authority on bird and animal extinction. His many books include the award-winning Extinct Birds as well as Dodo: From Extinction to Icon and The Great Auk.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Atitlan Giant Grebe 18

Alaotra Grebe 28

Pink-headed Duck 32

Heath Hen 38

Wake Island Rail 46

Laysan Rail 50

Eskimo Curlew 56

Passenger Pigeon 62

Carolina Parakeet 72

Paradise Parrot 78

Laughing Owl 88

Ivory-billed Woodpecker 96

Imperial Woodpecker 112

New Zealand Bush Wren 118

Aldabra Brush Warbler 128

Bachman's Warbler 134

Kauai 'O 'o 140

'O 'u 148

Mamo 154

Po 'o uli 158

Guam Flycatcher 166

Thylacine 170

Greater Short-tailed Bat 180

Caribbean Monk Seal 184

Yangtze River Dolphin 188

Quagga 194

Schomburgk's Deer 206

Bubal Hartebeest 210

Appendix 214

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book documenting known losses: how many have been extinguished without witness?