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Beloved Beasts

Audiobook
Nonfiction: Science
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/23/2021

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Beloved Beasts

Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696603157

Summary

A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement—told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.

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Product Description

In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement's history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today's global effort to defend life on a larger scale.

She describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures in conservation history; she reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund; she explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane and the black rhinoceros; and she confronts the darker side of conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism.

As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species—including our own.

Reviews/Praise

"[A] defining and invaluable chronicle of an increasingly urgent lifesaving effort." ―Booklist Starred Review

"An engrossing history of conservation and its accomplishments…Compassionate yet realistic and candid throughout, Nijhuis makes a significant contribution to the literature on environmentalism." ― Kirkus Starred Review

"Nijhuis’s comprehensive survey is sure to delight nature enthusiasts and those concerned with disappearing species." ―Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at the Atlantic, a contributing editor at High Country News, and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. She is coeditor of The Science Writers' Handbook and lives in White Salmon, Washington.