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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446581771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the resurgence of red wolves and California condors, there is good news on the species front, as chronicled in this collection of success stories by renowned chimp researcher Goodall. Section one recounts the revival of six mammal and bird species, including Mongolian miniature horses and Australian wallabies, that became extinct in the wild but are being reintroduced to their natural habitat through captive breeding. Section two describes efforts to bring species back from near extinction, among them Brazil's golden lion tamarin and the North American whooping crane. Section three details continuing efforts to preserve 11 species, including the giant pandas of China, whose bamboo diet is disappearing, and the Asian vultures of India, whose disastrous population drop—from a reported 87 million birds to 27 breeding pairs in 2006—has led to a dramatic rise in disease incubated by putrefying cattle carcasses once scavenged by the carrion-loving birds. Goodall is no Pollyanna about species reclamation—she acknowledges that there have been more losses than gains—but these accounts of conservation success are inspirational. (Sept. 2)
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"These accounts of conservation success are inspirational." --Publisher's Weekly

"Goodall's intimate writing style and sense of wonder pull the reader into each account... The mix of personal and scientific makes for a compelling read." --Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

JANE GOODALL continues to study and write about primate behavior. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. She is the author of many books, including two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence. Today Dr. Goodall spends much of her time lecturing, sharing her message of hope for the future, and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen San Martino TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Jane Goodall for a long time. This book demonstrates how involved she is with conservation and her quest for knowledge regarding the various species of animals, plants, fish, and insects on our planet.

This text highlights just some of the animals that are or were:
- extinct in nature
- almost extinct in nature
- those making a comeback in nature
- those that were thought extinct (the Lazarus Syndrome) but have since been rediscovered
- etc., etc.

Some of the animals (and other rarities) you will become acquainted with are the Pere David's deer, Sumatran Rhino, some Asian Vultures, Panamanian Golden Frog, Crimson Spider Orchid (flower--picture only, no story), Coelacanth (fish), Lord Howe's Island phasmid (stick insect), the Tahina Palm (plant), etc., etc.

The latest conservation efforts are presented in short book report form for each of the many extinct or almost extinct animals, plants, fish, and insects. The only reason I rated the book four stars is because you feel you are reading individual book reports instead of an engaging flowing narrative. However, I am not sure this book could have been written any other way.

A website was mentioned as an extension to this book but no website address was given. As of today I could not find such a site during a Google search.

"Hope for Animals and their World..." is definitely an enducational read for someone interested in the natural world.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donnie on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read this book through the eyes of an elementary school teacher of the gifted.
This school year, because of the book, my students will not focus on endangered animals but will celebrate the lives of those animals "rescued from the brink".
I want to thank the authors for all the new knowledge that has allowed me to teach with understanding and has given me the tools necessary to awaken my children.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Brasted on October 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jane Goodall, the grande dame of conservation, offers a new book on extreme conservation. She and her co-authors gives us stories, lots of them, about a few people doing whatever it takes to save the rarest of the rare from extinction. Her stories are told conversationally, as though Goodall is just talking over tea or a meal. Co-author Thane Maynard occasionally chimes in, as though something Goodall mentions reminds him of a story from his personal experience.

The stories are simply presented, some are longer and more detailed than others. The book is organized clearly. Coverage is very broad. Hope for the Animals and Their World includes not just the charismatic megafauna and poster species (oh, they are here) but also frogs, fish, and even an insect.

The stories focus on the individuals whose dedication and hard work are saving species. The book really celebrates these individuals as much as each saved species. That's not to say this book doesn't bubble over with the joy of a true animal lover talking about animals. It does. But these stories are mostly about the people.

After Goodall et al tells these inspirational stories, she closes with details on how regular people can make a difference for rare animals. And readers are frequently urged to visit the Jane Goodall Institute's website for more stories of hope. I found that a tiny bit annoying but it's a minor quibble. The slightly uneven storytelling is another minor quibble. But it's basically a good book that delivers what it promises.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink blends Jane Goodall's firsthand experiences with research from some of the world's foremost scientists, offering a survey of environmentalists' efforts to protect the habitats of species. A centerfold of color photos adds to a history of environmental efforts and threats to specific species as well as the animal kingdom as a whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Cover (And Everything in Between) on December 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this audiobook after hearing about the author in one of my Anthropology classes. This book is definitely an eye-opener as to HOW involved one can be in nature and how "easy" it could be to reverse the effects of our "footprint"...if only we would try... It is a good read (listen) for all that are interested in the topic, conservation of our wildlife, and in Anthropology in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JYK on December 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am very passionate about environmental protection and conservation, and this book was both inspiring and educational. I have nothing but admiration for all these scientists who recognized the need to save certain species and tiredly acted to pull them back from the brink of extinction. These people were already on task as early as 1970s, way before the environmental issues were highlighted in the media. The book also gives us hope that not all is lost and little changes by us individuals can and do make a difference in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Griffith on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Goodall writes in a way that serves equally for zoologists or school kids. She's clearly there as a narrator, but only enough to lend her good name to the animals and animal protection activists she honors. She sounds like a Dalai Lama of the global conservation movement, able to lift hearts by her presence. The stories themselves are gritty with grim detail on the fate of animals, and each featured case involves a near brush with total extinction. The activists resort to captive breeding, predator exclusion fences, even extermination of invasive species. Then they have to gain buy-in from the local people. They have to slowly work toward community agreements on ways of living that allow biodiversity, or maybe even stimulate it.

I think every public school system should use this as a textbook. The kids would get a world of insight, and it would naturally ignite passion. The index is loaded with ways the classes could learn through engagement in making a difference.
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