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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078268
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Though the poisons of pollution and the encroachment of climate change are continuing environmental threats, it's the acceleration of biodiversity loss that most alarms Fraser (God's Perfect Child) in this well-sourced study of worldwide attempts to knit together enough ecosystems to keep life alive. The problem: the disappearance of nature itself—the mass extinction of species, from lumbering polar bears to fragile flowers—that could see half of all nonhuman life extinct by the end of this century. The solution: rewilding—a nascent resurrection ecology that designs wildlife refuges (cores) and, more importantly, creates corridors connecting one refuge to another so that species such as elephants, tigers and wolves can range more wildly, a key to survival. Successful rewilding in North America, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, has led to a rebound in mountain lion and bear populations; more unexpectedly, the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea, a narrow 155-mile-long corridor uninhabited by humans for 55 years, has seen an ecological rebirth and is now home to 67 endangered species. Though Fraser's fact-heavy prose is slow reading, her story of grassroots activism paired with the scientific is environmentally inspirational. (Dec.)
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"With this book, Fraser does for rewilding what David Quammen did for island biogeography in his seminal The Song of the Dodo. Fraser uses lucid prose, engaging stories and personal experience to make the ideas accessible and vital to a wide audience. This is no dreary rehearsal of past eco-errors and present concerns. Fraser takes us far beyond San Diego, straight into the lives of African elephants, Australian lizards and a Russian bear that intruded upon the Olympic Games, sitting on the sidewalk while languidly consuming a young girl's pet rabbit. 'We are so close,' Fraser says, and we require just a strong nudge in imagination and social engagement to make the rewilding dream real. With this lovely, necessary book, we step closer to that ideal."
The Los Angeles Times
 
"Clear-eyed. . . Fraser pursues [her themes] with sensitivity and realism."
The New York Review of Books
 
"A thoughtful examination of rewilding and its discontents. . . an important book."
The New York Times
 
"This is a serious book, about a serious subject. . . a crisis more threatening than climate change."
San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Methodical, lyrical. . . If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding."
Sacramento News & Review
 
"A clarion call to save wildlife and the wilderness by 'rewilding.'"
The Daily Beast
 
"Readers will come away better informed about the complexity of the ecosystems around us and with an increased awareness of the many factors involved in maintaining natural order and balance. . . This truly is an essential read for conservationists, biologists, and anyone interested in the natural world."
Library Journal, starred review
 
"A fascinating, little-known story. . ."
Associated Press
 

"Makes a convincing case that [rewilding] represents the only realistic strategy for conserving our rapidly diminishing wildlife."

Kirkus
 
"Her story of grassroots activism paired with the scientific is environmentally inspirational."
Publishers Weekly
 
“Since I spend much of my time trying to head off environmental calamity, this fascinating and lyrical book came as a particularly welcome gift. It shows how scientists and activists are using imagination and research to build a realistic strategy for securing our green and noble heritage for the future. It will help you think big, which is the only way to think about these questions.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth and The End of Nature

 

“A riveting journal of the astonishing bio-impoverishment of our planet.”
—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance and author of Crimes Against Nature
 
“Caroline Fraser’s Rewilding the World is an exciting and wise exploration of a revolution that’s reshaping the conservation movement. She’s gone all over the world to bring us news from the front lines, and her account is one of essential hope: though it’s no guarantee that we can save nature from collapse, she shows that we have a fighting chance. Fraser’s account stirred me.”
—Richard Preston, author of The Wild Trees and The Hot Zone
 

"Give them room to roam! Caroline Fraser’s smart, passionate manifesto offers hope to the wild world. In an age of overwhelming loss, she shows us how to gain: more bears, more wolves, more biodiversity, more thriving ecosystems, more life. This is an important book about the cutting edge of conservation and how it might save our continent and our selves."
—Bruce Barcott, author of The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw

 

“Rewilding is less a conservationist's utopian vision than a roadmap for the way we must learn to live on earth. As Caroline Fraser carefully explains, humans will survive only in a world as wild as the one that created us. If you want to live, read this book.”
—Doug Peacock, author of The Essential Grizzly and Walking It Off

More About the Author

Caroline Fraser is the author of Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution (Metropolitan, 2009) and God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church (Metropolitan, 1999), which was selected as a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, and Outside magazine, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Reading this book leaves one with a feeling of hope.
James McGrath Morris
It explains the science in a way a non-scientist can understand and shows how compelling the scientific cases are for rewilding, for restoring the wild.
Ian M. Buchanan
It is good to see that there is progress being made and we have some hope for the future.
J. Dreiblatt

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Barringer on January 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Recently, as scientists learned more about the things that different species need to live, we discovered that many of the things we were doing to try and save species and preserve ecosystems were not helping. Populations of many species were still shrinking, despite our efforts, and more species were becoming more and more endangered.
This new book by Caroline Fraser, Rewilding the World, tells of groups of scientists and conservationists who asked why our efforts were not working and how they could be improved. Trying new methods of research, they reached the conclusion that many of our efforts to set aside preserves were not effective. Preserves were often too small and too isolated. Many species, especially the important keystone predators were being forced into spaces too small to sustain them.
Fraser takes us around the world, looking at efforts to rebuild wild ecosystems and give species the habitats they need to survive. Fraser uses leading scientists and environmentalists to explain the cutting-edge science and political action that has begun to rewild important parts of the earth and help to rebuild the environmental services that sustain us.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James McGrath Morris on December 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are worried about the future, you owe Caroline Fraser a thank you. After years and years of research, Fraser has produced a readable, understandable, and comprehensive account of what needs to be done to ward off the looming extinction of thousands of species, from tigers and polar bears to rare flowers, birds, and insects.
Fraser takes you to the front lines of the remarkable "rewilding" movement that aims to save species with innovative ideas such as restoring habitats and reviving migration corridors.
Reading this book leaves one with a feeling of hope.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Dreiblatt on February 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fraser offers a well-researched account of efforts to invigorate wildlife populations around the world. I found the book to be an interesting explanation of the importance of biodiversity and an exploration of the complexities and difficulties faced in conservation efforts. It is good to see that there is progress being made and we have some hope for the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Michael Waldock on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, informative and engrossing. I've already read Rewilding twice and I've only owned it for eight weeks!
Johanna O., Albany, Oregon

Great books are meant to be shared and having read this too, I believe it should become a standard work of reference for those interested in the subject of species re-introduction. Fascinating to read that this does not have to depend upon legislators but can be managed by small groups of farmers and villagers. Her detailed examples and analyses are quite riveting.
Michael Waldock, Albany, Oregon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution provides the first definitive account of a crusade to battle environmental destruction and the extinction of species at the hand of man, and is an inspirational offering for any lending library concerned with wildlife preservation. It discusses applied rewilding plans to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and allowing animals to live at peace with people, and it's an inspirational and positive contrast to all the negative extinction crisis titles on the market that seem to offer no hope for the future. This book does - and documents real-world success stories!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Biery on April 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rewilding the World by Caroline Fraser is a methodical and lyrical report on global conservation efforts to establish and preserve migratory corridors. Fraser revisits Aldo Leopold's remarkable A Sand County Almanac essay Thinking Like a Mountain, wherein Leopold realizes that killing a predator wolf carries serious implications for the rest of the ecosystem. Fraser traces projects seeded by thought leaders like Michael Soule and Reed Noss in their landmark 1998 Wild Earth article Rewilding and Biodiversity, traveling the globe to witness and report on rewilding projects now underway in North America, Africa, Australia, Asia, Central and South America.

Pivotal to the rewilding concept is the extinction dynamics of top-down regulation by large carnivores, known as the "three C's: Cores, Corridors, and Carnivores." Fraser takes these concepts into the very real world of threatened species and the humans who are at work to save and restore space and species-- grassroots activists like the parataxonomists in Costa Rica and the Australian Gondwana Link project, which is reinvigorating native plants.
Fraser is on time to report on rewilding, an idea globally embraced by conservationists with a plethora of positive action, advanced by Patagonia, with their Freedom to Roam 2007-08 campaign and informed by Dave Foreman's, 2004 book Rewilding North America, A Vision for Conservation in the 21st Century. If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding in 2010.

If ever there was a conservation idea ready to take hold and change awareness, it's rewilding.
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