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“Just when we shed a tear, Sartore ends on a high with those creatures which have been brought back from the brink.” –Sunday Mail (UK)
 
“Sartore, a Nebraska native, traveled the country to get glimpses of 69 species -- red wolves, Hawaiian orchids, hellbenders (a prehistoric-looking salamander), and sea turtles -- all now or once hanging on the verge of extinction.” –CNN.com
 
“To help us see what we stand to lose -- just here in the United States.” –Lincoln Journal Star
 
“An elegant depiction of some of the nation’s most imperiled organisms.” –Audubon
 
“Joel Sartore is like the Richard Avedon for animals.” –NPR The Picture Show

About the Author

Joel Sartore has been a photographer for more than 20 years (17 with National Geographic), and his many assignments have taken him everywhere all over the world. He is the author of several books, a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, and his work has appeared in Time, Life, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Point (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205750
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Rogers on April 20, 2010
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No superlative can do justice to the power of these amazing images. Mr. Satore has shown us with beauty and grace what we are losing. My daughter has been inspired to create a non-profit organization called [...] to organize her friends to raise money to make sure than no other animal as sweet and innocent as Bryn, the last Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit ever to be photographed alive, is lost to us forever. This book will inspire you to action as well.
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Heard Joel speak a few weeks ago. He was great speaker. But I honestly thought the idea for this book was a little hoaky. After hearing him speak about the project and finding out that this is ultimately done to get people to see what they might not even know exist, it is a pretty great thing he is doing.
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I hoped for a bit more scientific information when I first opened the book, but upon reflection I realize that the power of this book is in it's simplicity. The species are organized in descending order of how many living specimens are left on earth - and to see them laid out like that gives new meaning to the word "endangered". Plus the photography is absolutely stunning! This is a book we'll give all of our new graduates as a parting gift; it deserves to be shared with others.

Shelley Schlenk
Undergraduate Coordinator
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
University of South Carolina
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Such a beautiful book. The images are gorgeous and I love having this on my coffee table to not only share this stunning photography but to also showcase the impact we have on the species we share this planet with.
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This is a book of beautiful photographs with an important message. Almost 2,000 species are endangered with some of the verge of going extinct. Many species have already disappeared forever. Joel Sartore photographed and wrote about several such species. He demonstrates how some endangered species such as the American alligator are thriving, with help. Other species, are gone forever, like the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit, which became extinct in 2008.

The Endangered Species Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Nixon in 1973. Habitats have been saved to assist challenged species. This has forced us to often question: which is the more important, the needs of humans or the needs of nature?

Other laws have been passed to help both humans and nature, such as the Clean Water Act and creating the Fish and Wildlife Services as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service. Many helpful actions have been local ones, such as petitions that saved habitats from being destroyed.

Not all endangered species are large animals. Even bugs and all kinds of living things play important roles in ecosystems. There are about 1,011 species within the U.S. and its waters that are endangered with 301 listed as threatened. Habitats have been saved for 538 species. Recovery plans have been developed for 1,134 species. 49 species have recovered enough that they have been removed from these lists, yet nine were done so because they went extinct. 14 species were removed because their population numbers increased enough for re-designation. 16 were removed due to administrative reasons, such as discovered more in new counts.
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This is a book of beautiful photographs with an important message. Almost 2,000 species are endangered with some of the verge of going extinct. Many species have already disappeared forever. Joel Sartore photographed and wrote about several such species. He demonstrates how some endangered species such as the American alligator are thriving, with help. Other species, are gone forever, like the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit, which became extinct in 2008.

The Endangered Species Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Nixon in 1973. Habitats have been saved to assist challenged species. This has forced us to often question: which is the more important, the needs of humans or the needs of nature?

Other laws have been passed to help both humans and nature, such as the Clean Water Act and creating the Fish and Wildlife Services as well as the National Marine Fisheries Service. Many helpful actions have been local ones, such as petitions that saved habitats from being destroyed.

Not all endangered species are large animals. Even bugs and all kinds of living things play important roles in ecosystems. There are about 1,011 species within the U.S. and its waters that are endangered with 301 listed as threatened. Habitats have been saved for 538 species. Recovery plans have been developed for 1,134 species. 49 species have recovered enough that they have been removed from these lists, yet nine were done so because they went extinct. 14 species were removed because their population numbers increased enough for re-designation. 16 were removed due to administrative reasons, such as discovered more in new counts.
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