When you look out your window, why are you so much more likely to see a robin or a sparrow than a Kirtland's warbler or a California condor? Why are some animals naturally rare and others so abundant? The quest to find and study seldom-seen jaguars and flamboyant Andean cocks-of-the-rock is as alluring to naturalists as it is vitally important to science. From the Himalayan slopes of Bhutan to the most isolated mountain ranges of New Guinea, The Kingdom of Rarities takes us to some of the least-traveled places on the planet to catch a glimpse of these unique animals and many others. As he shares stories of these species, Eric Dinerstein gives readers a deep appreciation of their ecological importance and the urgency of protecting all types of life — the uncommon and abundant alike.
An eye-opening tour of the rare and exotic, The Kingdom of Rarities offers us a new understanding of the natural world, one that places rarity at the center of conservation biology. Looking at real-time threats to biodiversity, from climate change to habitat fragmentation, and drawing on his long and distinguished scientific career, Dinerstein offers readers fresh insights into fascinating questions about the science of rarity and unforgettable experiences from the field.
Eric Dinerstein is Director of Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions at RESOLVE. Previously, he was Lead Scientist and Vice President for Conservation Science at the World Wildlife Fund. Over the past forty years he has studied bears, rhinos, tigers, bats, and plants and many other creatures around the globe, and he remains active in the conservation of rare species. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and several books, including The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations, The Kingdom of Rarities, and What Elephants Know: A Novel. In 2007, Tigerland won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's award for science writing, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.
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Rarity looked around at Canterlot. It was the same as he left it, but everyone was lined up at shop that sold what but cloths that Rarity had made. She trotted into the crowd, and everypony gasped and looked at her. She looked at the shop. On the window it said "Fine Rarities", and Rarity's cutie mark was displayed next to it. She trotted inside and saw every single dress she had ever made in there, even ones she had made for her friends! She saw the one she made Twilight fir her birthday, and tears filled her eyes. I must have changed the future somehow when I was late for the picnic! she thought. I must find Doctor Hooves! She galloped outside and started asking everypony if anypony had seen him. "No I haven't seen him," were all their answers. "Oh dear," Rarity whined. "This is just great! For all I know if I go back to Ponyville all my friends won't be my friends, all because I missed the picnic! And now Doctor Hooves has gone missing! What do I do?" That night, she slept restlessly, thinking of what might happen if she doesn't find the Doctor soon. She woke up the next morning to a knock at her door. She jumped out of her bed and answered it. It was the mailpony. "I've got a letter here for Rarity," he said. Rarity took the letter and read it. It said, "Dear Rarity, I heard of your troubles and I know you want my help. In the town square is the police box. Just walk into it and it will take you back again. You can fix what you did wrong then come back to the future and everything will be back to normal. Yours Truely, Doctor Hooves." After reading the letter, Rarity quickly galloped to the town square and trotted into the police box. She felt the box move under her hooves and fainted from dizzyness. ~Chapter four in the next result. I will rewrite chapter one in the fifth result because the book it was at disappeared. Im sorry this chapter is so short. RD 8\/\