Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink
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At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall-along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard-shares fascinating survival stories about the American Crocodile, the California Condor, the Black-Footed Ferret, and more; all formerly endangered species and species once on the verge of extinction whose populations are now being regenerated.
Interweaving her own first-hand experiences in the field with the compelling research of premier scientists, Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the truly critical need to protect the habitats of these beloved species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, HOPE FOR ANIMALS THEIR WORLD presents an uplifting, hopeful message for the future of animal-human coexistence.
millions of even small efforts is major change. The name is symbolic. The first tiny roots and shoots of a germinating seed look so tiny and fragile—hard to believe this can grow into a big tree. Yet there is so much life force in that seed that the roots can work their way through boulders to reach water, and the shoot can work its way through cracks in a brick wall to reach the sun. Eventually the boulders and the wall—all the harm, environmental and social, that has resulted from our greed,
the expedition never materialized, and the birds disappeared. The decline in condor numbers was due to many factors, such as the number of people moving into the western United States, shooting by poachers and collectors, feeding on poisoned baits set out for bears, wolves, and coyotes by ranchers, and, perhaps most importantly, the unintentional poisoning from lead ammunition fragments in the carcasses and gut piles of animals shot by hunters. A group of biologists decided that something must
species, to capture as many as possible for captive breeding with the goal of eventually returning them to the wild. Only seventeen were found. When the last of these was captured in 1980, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild. All red wolves in existence today are descendants of fourteen of those individuals captured in the early 1970s. From Pen to Freedom The breeding program, in which a number of zoos took part, was coordinated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf
when males check out the burrows looking for females in estrus (in heat). Sure enough, after a while the ferret bounded out and raced to another burrow. He moved like lightning, his tiny body stretched out long and thin. We followed. Obviously, no suitable female there, for soon he reappeared, stood upright to look around, and stretched tall as he could—checking for coyotes and foxes. Then he streaked off and vanished into yet another burrow. That burrow was apparently female-less also, for he
hospital that were built served their purpose for fifty years before it was decided, for logistical reasons, to move the operation to Coney Island. Soon after this, in 1928, the island was loaned to the New York Zoological Society for use as a marine research station. Then, in 1934, Nonsuch became, of all things, the site of a training school for delinquent boys. But in 1948, because the island was so very isolated, and because of its rocky shoreline that made access really difficult, the school