Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

A LIFE IN THE WILD: GEORGE SCHALLER'S STRUGGLE TO SAVE THE LAST GREAT BEASTS; Pamela S. Turner; New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008; 95pp. Juvenile Non-Fiction.
"Struggle" may not be the best word to describe George Schaller's life among the world's endangered animals. He loved every minute of it. But the delights of this book--which are many--are tempered by the probability that gorillas, snow leopards, lions, tigers, and pandas may not last many more generations in the wild. Still, George Schaller's work to understand the nature of the great beasts--habitat requirements, social and eating habits, range, etc.--will help us preserve the top of the food chain for awhile, and everything else thereby. A Life in the Wild
is fascinating reading, a perfect book for children who love animals.

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