The Great Penguin Rescue and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$6.00
  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $9.00 (60%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue Paperback – Bargain Price, August 16, 2011


See all 11 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price
"Please retry"
$6.00
$2.39 $1.54
Multimedia CD
"Please retry"

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details



Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143914818X
  • ASIN: B0076TVR9G
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

On June 23, 2000, a ship foundered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The area in which it sank, located between two of the main breeding colonies of the African penguin, threatened approximately 75,000 penguins, more than 40 percent of the world’s population. Within hours after the ship sank, heavily oiled penguins began to stream ashore onto nearby islands and beaches. As parents were unable to return to them, chicks left in the breeding colonies would slowly starve to death. The rapidly overwhelmed penguin rehabilitation center in Cape Town put out an international call for help to the zoo and aquarium network, and deNapoli, a penguin keeper at the New England Aquarium, was among the first group to arrive. Her firsthand account of the rescue of the oiled penguins (all of whom fought against their rescuers), repeated washing of each bird, force-feeding, and guano cleanup plunges the reader into the maelstrom of animal rescue and rehabilitation on such a large scale. --Nancy Bent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"[DeNapoli's] firsthand account of the rescue...plunges the reader into the maelstrom of animal rescue and rehabilitation on such a large scale." ---Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Dyan deNapoli's first penguin encounter occurred at the New England Aquarium when she was eight years old. Twenty-six years later she returned as an intern in the penguin department, and was soon hired as staff. In 2000, after 40,000 African penguins were threatened by an oil spill, she flew to South Africa to help supervise the rehabilitation efforts. More than 12,500 volunteers labored for three grueling months, ultimately saving 95% of the penguins in what still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. Published by Simon & Schuster in 2010, THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE was a Silver Award Winner in the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards, was named a "Must-Read" Book in the 2010 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was listed as "One of the best sci-tech book so 2010" by Library Journal. Part of the proceeds from THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE will be donated to penguin rescue and conservation groups.

Dyan's talk about this rescue was featured on TED.com in the summer of 2011. Since 1995, Dyan has taught more than 250,000 people about penguins. As The Penguin Lady, she shares her passion for these engaging seabirds with audiences worldwide. Dyan has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including CNN's Situation Room, BBC Radio 5 Live, CBC Radio Canada, Sierra Club Radio, and ABC Radio Australia. In 2008, she authored the new penguin chapter for Scholastic Publishing's New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia. She has been the penguin expert and guest lecturer on nature cruises to Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands; she has also traveled to Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa to work with, teach about, and observe penguins in the wild. To learn more, visit www.thepenguinlady.com.


Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 13 customer reviews
I picked up this book at my local library (mostly because it was on display and because I love penguins).
Karilynn Williamson
Amazing story about how a few handful of wildlife rescuers and 1000's of volunteers saved over 40,000 penguins during the 2000 Treasure oil spill.
M.A.
I just finished reading the Great Penguin Rescue, and the author, Dyan deNapoli, is one of my new American Idols!
Emily Parker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Z Kohak on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An incredible, beautiful and informative story. You will learn about the plight of penguins, the incredible devotion and skill of the wildlife-caring community (Who knew what a seminal role the New England Aquarium has in worldwide work with ocean-dwellers?) and this one event in particular. (Also, the pictures are fabulous and make the experience more real to the reader.) Reading this compelled me to do something for penguins, so I now give monthly to World Wildlife Fund. A great book to give young people to nurture their involvement/caring about other species. Also a great read (It really is a page-turner!) for adults - the plane, the beach, read to each other before sleep .... Enjoy!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Mancini VINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
For environmentalists and animal lovers alike, this is an incredible story of how one team of penguin specialists pulled from around the world joined forces with 12,500 volunteers to rescue an astronomical number of endangered penguins. These precious birds located off the South African coast had their lives seriously threatened from a massive oil spill, when cargo ship The Treasure sunk in June of 2000. Readers will be in awe at the large-scale operation and just what it took to save these beautiful animated birds. With blood, sweat and tears, people worldwide poured in to assist in the rescue, toiling hour after hour for months, to clean, feed, and heal these injured penguins. Often heartbreaking, but mostly uplifting and inspiring, this is truly a winning true story!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When my copy of The Great Penguin Rescue arrived in the mail I sat down with it at dinner expecting to read a chapter or two while I ate, then go back to work. I ended up reading the entire book straight through. I just couldn't put it down. From the very beginning the book had me hooked, and I wanted to know every detail about this amazing set of circumstances and the people involved.

Penguins are in trouble around the globe, and the catastrophic oil spill in 2000 right in the middle of a pair of breeding colonies caused world-wide alarm. Within days the call went out to penguin experts everywhere to come in and help. Dyan deNapoli was one of those who answered the call. She was plunged into a situation unlike any that had been seen before. Giant warehouses of scared, oil-coated penguins had to be evaluated, hand fed, and cleaned. The volunteers had to handle razor-sharp beaks, exhausting hours, and sickening stench. They fought through it all, knowing the species' survival could be at stake.

Dyan does an amazing job of helping the reader be there in the moment with her. My eyes welled with tears at many points as I read about the things the people and penguins went through. The rescuers didn't know if this effort would work or not. They could only do their best and pray things worked out.

The book makes you realize that each one of us can make a difference if we follow our dreams and focus on our goals. The people rescuing the penguins were often housewives and office workers, donating their time and efforts to clean the penguin tanks, cut up the fish, and do the many other tasks necessary to keep the rescue center going. Every one of those people helped to make the rescue a success. Each of us has that power, to use our time to make the world a better place.

Highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alvin E Powell on February 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a great tale of a rescue that gives hope to all who care about animals, and penguins specifically, in this time when creatures all over the world are under increasing pressure. Dyan DeNapoli's book is informative, entertaining, and moving, giving a reader a view into the messy, stressful life of a rescue worker and providing critical background to help the reader understand why these African penguins are under such threat and why an effective response to this spill was so critical. An essential read for those interested in birds, marine life, and in humankind's increasing need to manage our wild areas.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THE GREAT PENGUIN RESCUE: 40,000 PENGUINS, A DEVASTATING OIL SPILL, AND THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST ANIMAL RESCUE tells of a 2000 oil spill off south Africa which endangered the habitat of 75,000 penguins. The huge rescue operation that evolved brought over 12,000 volunteers from around the world to save the birds: this documents the event and comes from 'The Penguin Lady' whose extensive work with penguins contributed to the cause. Any general interest or natural history collection will relish this!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick CapeTown on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is touching in that it has been written by the Author expressing her own experiences during the biggest wildlife rescue to date ! I was part of that rescue as well, and re lived all the things that happened in Cape Town 10 years ago, and keep on happening world wide.. Its a message of courage, endurance, love and tenacity. Written in such a touching way, so real, that it was 'unputdownable', put tears in my eyes at times, and I just had to finish it. It also carries a warning of what can and unfortunately keeps happening worldwide in our oceans, the threat of oil spillage and the destruction of habitat for sea life !

It also shows what humanity can do on a voluntary basis when disaster strikes, what people can achieve when they stand together and confront a disaster head on ! Yes, we CAN make a difference, we must and we will, always !

It will make a great gift, to friends and family, or to yourself.. The book is displayed prominently in my book case, and keeps reminding me of an excellent read, and soon I will read it again.. Very much recommended indeed...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search