Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

ISBN-10: 1597261521
ISBN-13: 9781597261524
Edition: 2nd 2007
Authors: Eric Dinerstein
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Description: In 1972, Eric Dinerstein was in film school at Northwestern University, with few thoughts of nature, let alone tiger-filled jungles at the base of the Himalayas or the antelope-studded Serengeti plain. Yet thanks to some inspiring teachers and the  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 4/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

In 1972, Eric Dinerstein was in film school at Northwestern University, with few thoughts of nature, let alone tiger-filled jungles at the base of the Himalayas or the antelope-studded Serengeti plain. Yet thanks to some inspiring teachers and the squawk of a little green heron that awakened him to nature's fundamental wonders, Dinerstein would ultimately become a leading conservation biologist, traveling to these and other remote corners of the world to protect creatures ranging from the striking snow leopard to the homely wrinkle-faced bat. Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations takes readers on Dinerstein's unlikely journey to conservation's frontiers, from early research in Nepal to recent expeditions as head of Conservation Science at the World Wildlife Fund. We are there as the author renews his resolve after being swept downstream on an elephant's back, tracks snow leopards in the mountains of Kashmir with a remarkable housewife turned zoologist, and finds unexpected grit in a Manhattanite donor he guides into the wildest reaches of the Orinoco River. At every turn, we meet professed and unprofessed ecologists who share Dinerstein's mission, a cast of free-spirited characters uncommonly committed to-and remarkably successful at-preserving slices of the world's natural heritage. A simple sense of responsibility, one feels, shines through all of Dinerstein's experiences: not just to marvel at what we see, but to join in efforts sustain the planet's exquisite design. Tigerland's message is clear: individuals make all the difference; if we combine science, advocacy, and passion, ambitious visions for conservation can become reality-even against overwhelming odds.

Eric Dinerstein is chief scientist and vice president for science at the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. In addition to being active in large-mammal conservation in Asia for twenty-six years, he is the co-author of the Global 200 Ecoregions, an effort to establish global priorities for biodiversity conservation.

Introduction: Nature's Belated Embrace
Early Wanderings
Tigerland
An Inordinate Fondness for Bats
Kingdom of the Snow Leopard
Further Detours
Last Voyage of Captaincookia
Return to the Lost World
Miombo Warriors
Trespassers in Eden
Where the Buffalo Still Thunder
Epilogue: Re-Tigering
Acknowledgments
Index

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