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Dinerstein provides a glimmer of hope... with his success story of the conservation of the Indian or greater one-horned rhinoceros.... [He] discusses the implications of this success story for conservation efforts elsewhere, and clearly rejects attempts to capture rare animals and maintain their populations by captive breeding.

(Donald R. Prothero Quarterly Review of Biology)

This book offers much to anyone interested in practical, how-to conservation, far-away landscapes, large and exotic-sounding mammals, biodiversity, planning,and tropical ecology.... A beautifully candid account... this is the book that conservation pragmatists and cynics should read to discover why optimism about the conservation of large mammals in human-dominated landscapes is not misplaced.

(Joel Berger Conservation Biology)

an excellent overview of many aspects of the biology and conservation of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal.

(Samuel Zschokke Basic and Applied Ecology)

A landmark contribution on the ecology and conservation of large mammals.

(Mark S. Boyce Ecology)


Eric Dinerstein has dedicated himself to the rhinos of Chitwan; he is the best friend they have ever had.... This elegant case history of Chitwan shows that one individual can have a major conservation impact if he or she makes a tenacious commitment. Results such as these provide a 'kernel of hope,' to quote the author.... The rhinos of Chitwan are unaware of their precarious existence. Their fate depends wholly on us, on our commitment to protect them forever.

(from the foreword by George B. Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society)|

At last, something to cheer about! Combining passion with scientific rigor, Eric Dinerstein tells the story of the remarkable recovery of Nepal's beleaguered rhinos. It's an engaging account of hope and hard work overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.

(David S. Wilcove, professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs, Princeton University)|

Eric Dinerstein is a prominent figure among the new breed of highly skilled biologists who are leading the world's major conservation organizations along a path of ambitious, science-based conservation. With this book Dinerstein reveals his extraordinary knowledge and love of the greater one-horned rhinoceros and other imperiled mammals of Asia. In telling their story, Dinerstein makes a compelling case that we can and must make room in our world for megafauna by rewilding large landscapes.

(Reed F. Noss, Davis-Shine Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Central Florida)

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Product Details

  • Series: Biology and Resource Management Series
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; First Edition edition (March 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231084501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231084505
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jim C on June 11, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. The main focus of the book about how the conservation community worked with the local villages to restore the rhinos and how it was a collaberative effort to restore the rhino made this book a worthwhile read.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NathanH83 on April 14, 2011
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It's funny that evolutionary scientists make fun of the Bible for mentioning unicorns. When you explain that the Bible is referring to the rhinoceros they scoff and say, "How could a unicorn be confused with a rhinoceros?"

And yet here is an evolutionary scientist named Eric Deinerstein, who refers to the one-horned rhinoceros as a unicorn.
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