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Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution Paperback – November 23, 2010
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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
“A call to retrofit more than a century of nature conservation in the United States and around the world . . . Fraser plows straight furrows through the ideological minefields of conservation politics.” ―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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
Bringing disparate work together to paint a vital picture of engaged conservation, Fraser gives the reader a rare glimpse at the broader pattern in a fabric often seen only as a few threads. Part travel narrative, part on-the-ground reporting, and part analysis, Fraser leaves the reader informed and hopeful--an unusual combination in today's ecological state of affairs