Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations
By (author) Eric Dinerstein
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Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations by Eric Dinerstein
Book DescriptionAn exhilarating journey to some of the world's most stunning locales, led by one of conservation's key scientists. In 1972, Eric Dinerstein was in film school at Northwestern University, with few thoughts of nature, let alone tiger-filled jungles at the base of the Himalayas or the antelope-studded Serengeti plain. Yet thanks to some inspiring teachers and the squawk of a little green heron that awakened him to nature's fundamental wonders, Dinerstein would ultimately become a leading conservation biologist, traveling to these and other remote corners of the world to protect creatures ranging from the striking snow leopard to the homely wrinkle-faced bat. "Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations" takes readers on Dinerstein's unlikely journey to conservation's frontiers, from early research in Nepal to recent expeditions as head of Conservation Science at the World Wildlife Fund. Along the way, each locale is brought to life by the author's vivid descriptions, amusing stories, and poetic voice. We are there as the author renews his resolve after being swept downstream on an elephant's back, tracks snow leopards in the mountains of Kashmir with a remarkable housewife turned zoologist, and finds unexpected grit in a Manhattanite donor he guides into the wildest reaches of the Orinoco River. At every turn, we meet professed and unprofessed ecologists who share Dinerstein's mission, a cast of free-spirited characters uncommonly committed to - and remarkably successful at - preserving slices of the world's natural heritage. A simple sense of responsibility, one feels, shines through all of Dinerstein's experiences: not just to marvel at what we see, but to join in efforts to sustain the planet's exquisite design. Tigerland's message is clear: individuals make all the difference; if we combine science, advocacy, and passion, ambitious visions for conservation can become reality - even against overwhelming odds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559635783
(229mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Shearwater Books,US
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 9-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Eric Dinerstein
ERIC DINERSTEIN is Chief Scientist and Vice-President for Science at World Wildlife Fund-US. Over the past 30 years he has studied tigers, rhinos, bats, and many other creatures around the globe. He is the co-author of The Global 200 Ecoregions, a widely used blueprint for identifying and protecting the most representative and biologically important regions on Earth, examples of which form the basis of this book.
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