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The Last Panda

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Dependent on a shrinking supply of bamboo, hunted mercilessly for its pelt, and hostage to profiteering schemes once in captivity, the panda is on the brink of extinction. Here, acclaimed naturalist George Schaller uses his great evocative powers, and the insight gained by four and a half years in the forests of the Wolong and Tangjiahe panda reserves, to document the plight of these mysterious creatures and to awaken the human compassion urgently needed to save them.

"No scientist is better at letting the rest of us in on just how the natural world works; no poet sees the world with greater clarity or writes about it with more grace. . . . Anyone who genuinely cares for wildlife cannot help being grateful to Schaller—both for his efforts to understand the panda and for the candor with which he reports what has gone so badly wrong in the struggle to save it from extinction."—Geoffrey C. Ward, New York Times Book Review

"Schaller's book is a unique mix of natural history and the politics of conservation, and it makes for compelling reading. . . . Having been in giant panda country myself, I found some of the descriptions of the animals and habitats breathtaking. Schaller describes the daily routines and personalities of the giant pandas he studied (as well as their fates thereafter) as though they were his blood relatives. . . . Schaller's brilliant presentation of the complexities of conservation makes his book a milestone for the conservation movement."—Devra G. Kleiman, Washington Post Book World

"George Schaller's most soulful work, written in journal style with many asides about a creature who evolved only two to three million years ago (about the same time as humans). . . . Here, conservation biology confronts an evil that grinds against hope and shatters the planet's diversity. Written with hope."—Whole Earth Catalog

"A nicely crafted blend of wildlife observation and political-cultural analysis. . . . The Last Panda is a sad chronicle of our failure, so far, to stem the decline of the animal that may be the most beloved on the planet."—Donald Dale Jackson, Smithsonian

Synopsis:

Today only about a thousand giant pandas survive in the wild. Dependent on a shrinking supply of bamboo on the one hand and threatened by human greed on the other, the panda is at extreme risk. Here, acclaimed naturalist George B. Schaller uses his evocative powers and the insight gained by four years in the forests of the Wolong and Tangjiahe panda reserves to document the plight of these creatures in their native habitat and in the midst of political problems as troubling as any natural threat.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-289) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue

1: "Every Journey Begins with the First Step"

2: Winter Days

3: Panda Politics

4: A Footnote to History

5: A Mountain of Treasure

6: In the Hollow of a Fir

7: Wei-Wei's World

8: Death in the Choushuigou

9: Travels in Panda Country

10: Zhen-Zhen Eats Bitterness

11: Tangjiahe

12: Crisis

13: Prisoners of Fate

14: Rent-a-Panda

Epilogue

App. A In Search of the Kylin: The Endangered Wildlife of China

App. B The Panda Is a Panda

App. C Winter Birds Observed at Wuyipeng

App. D Excerpts from the 1989 Panda Management Plan

App. E Excerpts from Position Statements on Exhibition Loans of Giant Pandas

Selected Reading

Index of Names

Index of Species and Subjects

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226736297
Author:
Schaller, George B.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Schaller, George B.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
Wildlife conservation
Subject:
Endangered species
Subject:
Giant panda
Subject:
General Pets
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
TM 10-4510-206-14
Publication Date:
19941131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 maps, 27 color plates
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Today only about a thousand giant pandas survive in the wild. Dependent on a shrinking supply of bamboo on the one hand and threatened by human greed on the other, the panda is at extreme risk. Here, acclaimed naturalist George B. Schaller uses his evocative powers and the insight gained by four years in the forests of the Wolong and Tangjiahe panda reserves to document the plight of these creatures in their native habitat and in the midst of political problems as troubling as any natural threat.
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