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The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures Hardcover – July 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250004512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250004512
  • ASIN: 1250004519
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Last Rhinos

“A riveting account by a compassionate, dedicated man.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Riddled with heartfelt anecdotes, Anthony’s brave crusade to save these mammals—even at great risk to his own safety—reads like a safari adventure, a history lesson, and a warning that our careless ways will bring an end to so many magnificent species.”

Publishers Weekly

“Anthony is a supreme storyteller and a man who certainly lived his life to the fullest. … If you are sitting on the fence about the destruction of our natural heritage – and more specifically our rhinos – this book should push you over the edge to do something constructive about it.”

The Mercury

“This inspiring story of courage and conservation is a moving testament of the good that can be done when there is a will.”

Tucson Citizen

"Wonderful."

The National (United Arab Emirates)

"A fascinating book."

Hudson Valley News

“Heartfelt and exciting, The Last Rhinos provides a provocative look at the Lord’s Resistance Army and the escalating struggles of conservationists in Africa. The inspiring story of a battle against insurmountable odds, The Last Rhinos is a deeply moving and far reaching book.”

Portland Book Review

Praise for Lawrence Anthony

“The Indiana Jones of Conservation.”

The Guardian (UK)

“Anthony has made a difference in the lives of many magnificent animals who otherwise would have been lost to the world.”

—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

“In my thirty-five years of studying man/animal communication I have met only a few individuals who have the ability to enter into the metaphysical realm of the exotic animal. Lawrence Anthony has been there and back.”

— Ralph Helfer, author of Modoc

“Anthony’s enthusiasm and obvious love for the bush shine through in hair-raising, sad, and funny tales.”

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“Anthony deserves tremendous credit for his fearlessness and perseverance in rescuing countless animals against all odds.”

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About the Author

Lawrence Anthony (1950–2012) founded the Thula Thula wildlife reserve in Zululand, South Africa; launched The Lawrence Anthony Foundation; and received the UN’s Earth Day award for his efforts to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo. Graham Spence is a journalist and editor. Originally from South Africa, he lives in England. Together they are the authors of Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo and The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild.


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Anthony Lawrence is an amazing man!
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It is almost hard to believe this actually happened and goes to show what one can do if willing to step out and take a chance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Knauss on July 23, 2012
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I hesitated to give this book a high rating because it wasn't what I was hoping for: an account of the way intrepid humans saved a bunch of rhinoceroses, filled with charming anecdotes about rhino behavior. I don't know what I was thinking when I expected that, because I know the situation for all the rhino species is unspeakably dire. Co-author Graham Spence says he thought of calling the book "Blood Horn" and that might have been a more direct approach to indicate that this book is, at least in part, an outraged call to action. The Last Rhinos as a title feels contemplative and wistful, as if there is nothing left to be done, and unfortunately, that is the attitude that too many people are already taking. There are only three rhinos in this entire book. Lawrence Anthony never even gets to meet a single member of the subspecies he's trying to save before they're utterly gone. Instead of the happy stories I somehow expected, this book is a fact-and-experience-based indictment of the fatal disregard humans have for the other species on this planet.

A single anecdote about the rhino who lives in Thula Thula, Anthony's reserve in South Africa, serves to belie the idea that rhinos are not intelligent or adaptable, and I will treasure that. Perhaps to try and make up for the general lack of rhino experiences, Anthony intersperses what becomes a bizarre and scary narrative of human politics with incidents involving elephants, bushbabies, buffalo, and other wonderful animals. All the stories point to his deep belief that animals are as worthy as humans to occupy their space and live undisturbed. At a couple of points, he comments that any person who spends enough time with animals will witness evidence of their intelligence and sociability.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Hughes on February 4, 2013
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I read Anthony's "Elephant Whisperer" and couldn't get enough of his stories, so to speak, and The Last Rhinos" did not disappoint.
Anybody with a love of Africa, animals and special people should read these books. It also focuses the mind on the senseless specie destruction - eg rhinos and great apes. What Anthony has achieved is nothing less than magnificent and it should alert caring people to do more to protect our heritage. Anthony's death was a huge loss to Africa and especially the efforts of those wanting to help others help themselves. If these books don't move you - then stick to cowboy books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue Gurney S.A. on February 9, 2013
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A wonderful true life story about an amazing man and his efforts to save our wild life. R.I.P.
It is amazingly unpretentious in the writing but somehow manages to pull the reader into each and every scenario.
Even I who have lived in South Africa almost all my life had my eyes opened to what goes on behind in the political scenes of Africa..
I think that the translation from Afrikaans (which I speak) was not as 'perfect' as The Elephant Whisperer,having said that, this book and it's disastrous tale of our Rhinos being killed and the shambles that is African governing is a must read for everyone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pages & Pages on June 10, 2012
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Having read The Elephant Whisperer, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was very excited and keen to read The Last Rhinos.
The author's journey to save the northern white rhino is written in such a way that you feel you are present during the whole experience, and the atmosphere of being able to comunicate with animals, leaves you with feelings of being driven to save our wild life as there is untold information and abilities we are losing in our ignorance.
The only part of this book I did not enjoy was knowing that Lawrence Anthony had died and that my short journey with him had come to an end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jillian Farkas on May 21, 2013
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A wonderfully written book that tells some of the adventures of a remarkable man and his quest to protect the beautiful animals of Africa. He is able to show the reader just what dedication & lengths it takes to keep a species, not just alive but thriving against ignorance & greed. Thoroughly enjoyable although made me cry several times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nirvana on January 5, 2013
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Lawrence Anthony was truly dedicated to conservation. His tireless efforts to save wild animals in the bush took him to some very scary places and his interaction with potentially dangerous people underscored his determination. His passion was unrelenting.

In "The Last Rhino's" he travels extensively to keep the small remaining group of rhino's from permanent extinction , which was a daunting task given the popularity of poaching.

This was very educational and really underscores both the need to stop poaching altogether and eradicate the myths surrounding medicinal value of ground ivory.

Unless we ban together to carry on his vision, our grandchildren will never be able to see wild animals other than in the zoo's. We are destroying these magnificent animals at alarming rates all for the sake of greed. Lawrence knew this and made his life's mission to do something about it.

This book is more than just an interesting read. It raises the bar and sets an example for us all how "we" collectively can make a difference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on October 21, 2012
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I am inspired to read Lawrence Anthony's other books and to get involved in animal conservation. People should be more aware of what's happening in Africa.
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