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Assembling a book on vanishing wildlife, a world of fascinating creatures perhaps doomed to disappear, can be a dispiriting task. But we approached the project with the hope that it would provoke serious concern and stimulate positive conservation activity. Within the finite limitations of this book, we have gathered a large, representative sampling of the world¿s rare and endangered animals. The fact that these pages cannot encompass all of the more than 800 creatures currently in jeopardy indicates the extent of the tragedy. The photographs have been selected from all of the earth¿s zoogeographic region. The familiar animals are here: the humpback whale, the American alligator, the southern bold eagle. So are some unfamiliar and less publicized ones: the Pine Barrens tree frog, the pygmy hippopotamus, the monkey-eating eagle. An international list of rare and endangered mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds ¿ arranged as scientists classify them ¿ appears in the Appendix, which begins on page 246. Our principal source for this information was the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, which maintains an up- to-date list in its Red Data Book. Additional listings were received from the United States Department of the Interior from the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. However, even a list so carefully compiled cannot be considered exhaustive: there undoubtedly are many endangered species that do not yet appear in any official list. In fact the assumption is sound that there are creatures yet undiscovered that will disappear before scientists can find and classify them. The essay that follows introductions the plight of these vanishing animals. It was written by Romain Gary, the eminent author whose intense interest in the relationship of man and nature bas been expressed often, most notably in his The Roots of Heaven.