Last Chance to See

Last Chance to See

Book - 1992
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New York Times bestselling author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures.

Join them as they encounter the animal kingdom in its stunning beauty, astonishing variety, and imminent peril: the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia, the helpless but loveable Kakapo of New Zealand, the blind river dolphins of China, the white rhinos of Zaire, the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean. Hilarious and poignant--as only Douglas Adams can be-- Last Chance to See is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth's magnificent wildlife galaxy.

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"Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . shows how human care can undo what human carelessness has wrought." --The Atlantic

"These authors don't hesitate to present the alarming facts: More than 1,000 species of animals (and plants) become extinct every year. . . . Perhaps Adams and Carwardine, with their witty science, will help prevent such misadventures in the future." --Boston Sunday Herald

"Very funny and moving . . . The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams's] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live." --The Washington Post Book World

"[Adams] invites us to enter into a conspiracy of laughter and caring." -- Los Angeles Times

"Amusing . . . thought-provoking . . . Its details on the heroic efforts being made to save these animals are inspirational." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 1992.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed.
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780345371980
0345371984
Branch Call Number: 591 ADA
Characteristics: 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of coloured plates :,coloured illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Carwardine, Mark - Author

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boozleca
May 19, 2015

When asked, Douglas Adams said that this was the work to which he was most proud (not Hitchhikers). After reading Last Chance to See, I understand. All the wit that Adams is famous for and an important topic to boot.

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jgrnlees
Aug 07, 2011

This is a great book. Well-written and serious, yet humorous, Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine made a good team. One of the last chapters has the most poignant description of the dodo bird I have ever seen. The living animals they were traveling to see and the traveling itself were so well described I felt like I was with them, seeing what they saw. Happily, none of the animals and plants mentioned are yet officially extinct in the wild. But sadly, some of them are still critically endangered. Everyone should read this book and fight to save the many endangered animals and plants before we lose them forever.

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Aug 07, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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