Witness to Extinction

Witness to Extinction The Tragic Recognition Of The Extinction Of The Yangtze River Dolphin Or Baiji In 2007 Became A Major News Story And Sent Shockwaves Around The World It Made A Romantic Story, For The Baiji Was A Unique And Beautiful Creature That Features In Many Chinese Legends And Folk Tales The Goddess Of The Yangtze, As It Was Known, Was Also The Lone Representative Of An Entire And Ancient Branch Of The Tree Of Life But Perhaps The Greater Tragedy Is That Its Status As One Of The World S Most Threatened Mammals Had Been Widely Recognized, Yet Despite Wide Publicity Virtually No International Funds Became Available.Samuel Turvey Here Tells The Story Of The Plight Of The Yangtze River Dolphin From His Unique Perspective As A Conservation Biologist Deeply Involved In The Struggle To Save The Dolphin This Is Both A Celebration Of A Beautiful And Remarkable Animal That Once Graced One Of China S Greatest Rivers, Its Natural History And Its Role As A Cultural Symbol And Also A Personal, Eyewitness Account Of The Failures Of Policy And The Struggle To Get Funds That Led To Its Tragic Demise It Is A True Cautionary Tale That We Must Learn From, For There Are Countless Other Threatened Species That Will Suffer From The Same Human Mistakes, And Whose Loss We Shall Not Know Until It Is Too Late. This was a really difficult one to rate not because of its writing which was emminently readable, informative and clear but because of the content I think I felt here rather like I did when I saw Les Miserables on stage and couldn t bring myself to applaud the actors who played the Thenardiers because they, though giving brilliant performances, had been responsible for such horror Turvey comes across as an incredibly genuine and committed naturalists but here he has the unenviable responsi This was a really difficult one to rate not because of its writing which was emminently readable, informative and clear but because of the content I think I felt here rather like I did when I saw Les Miserables on stage and couldn t bring myself to applaud the actors who played the Thenardiers because they, though giving brilliant performances, had been responsible for such horror Tu
A beautifully written and sad book It details the extinction of the Baiji though a thousand cuts economic progress, bureaucracy and most of all, apathy But while the story is sad the book doesn t wallow, and is engaging and interesting to read. I first learned of the existence of the Yangtze river dolphin from a book on cetaceans I checked out of the library when I was seven I don t remember the title or author, but I do remember it had beautiful illustrations and was the source of my earliest knowledge of river dolphins The book s entry on the Yangtze dolphin, or baiji, particularly caught my interest because it listed them as being critically endangered, with fewer than 300 individuals left I remember thinking, Someday, I want to I first learned of the existence of the Yangtze river dolphin from a book on cetaceans I checked out of the library when I was seven I don t remember the title or author, but I do remember it had beautiful illustrations and was the source of my earliest knowledge of river dolphins The book s entry on the Yangtze dolphin, or baiji, particularly caught my interest because it list
This book is very informative, but very depressing Read The Aquatic Panda chapter to see what I mean The Chinese knew so little about these astonishing creatures that their captivity measures killed many of them Sad, sad story Well written.P 86 There was a lot of intellectual and moral support, I was to
Really enjoyed this book it was bittersweet I went into the book knowing the end result of the poor Yangtze river dolphin Very easy to read and author honest in his opinions I felt bad he did not get to go upon his dolphin survey before they were all wiped out We cannot stand by and let o
Educational, well written, but ultimately a sad story.

✷ Witness to Extinction  Epub ✺ Author Samuel T. Turvey – Manchesterjobvacancies.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 233 pages
  • Witness to Extinction
  • Samuel T. Turvey
  • 14 December 2017
  • 0199549486