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The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great and Small, and Why They Matter This Story Is A Quest For An Animal So Rare That A Sighting Has Never Been RecordedThe Somali Golden Mole Was First Described In , But The Sole Evidence For Its Existence Is A Tiny Fragment Of Jawbone Found In An Owl Pellet Intrigued By This Elusive Creature, And What It Can Tell Us About Extinction And Survival, Richard Girling Embarks On A Hunt To Find The Animal And Its Discoverer An Italian Professor Who He Thinks Might Still Be AliveRichard S Journey Comes At A Time When One Species Our Own Is Having To Reconsider Its Relationship With Every Other He Delves Into The History Of Exploration And Cataloguing And The Tall Tales Of The Great Hunters, Traces The Development Of The Conservation Movement And Addresses Central Issues Of Extinction And Biodiversity There needs to be a sixth star option Excellent on so many counts Review to follow. 4.5Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going to do for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few elephants, tigers and possible even a rhino Ridiculous and appalling of course but it wasn t long ago that holiday snaps would feature hunters standing proudly next to their kill.And not long ago that giraffes were shot purely because their tails made good fly swishes.I wouldn t classify myself as particularly animal loving but to read about th 4.5Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going to do for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few elephants, tigers and possible even a rhino Ridiculous and appalling of course but it wasn t long ago that holiday snaps would feature hunters standing proudly next to their kill.And not long ago that giraffes were shot purely because their tails made good fly swishes.I wouldn t classify myself as particularly animal loving but to read about the hundreds of species that are hurtling towards extinction is truly shocking Of course the public get behind campaigns to save the iconic and usually large creatures such as elephants and whales But Girling argues that everything, from the tiniest shrew or insect, is equally as important.His book starts off with a mission to find outabout the Somali Golden Mole This creature s very existence is to be found purely down to a fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet Girling is a wonderful story teller, with a passionate belief in the importance of every living thing, however big or small His voice remains steady until we reach the chapter on ivory, a chapter that made me want to weep He apologises at the end I m afraid that my voice in this chapter may have become somewhat shrill This book made a huge impact on me I finish some books and instantly forget them as I move onto the next But this one will stay with me From Victorian animal collecting to present day poaching, Girling surveys the contradictory human instincts toward exploitation and preservation of mammals The book is rather scattered, with too little about the actual quest for the mole, but the message about species extinction is powerful The Somali golden mole has never been seen in the wild, except as a few bones in an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For some reason, it captured Girling s imagination, becoming a symbol o From Victorian animal collecting to present day poaching, Girling surveys the contradictory human instincts toward exploitation and preservation of mammals The book is rather scattered, with too little about the actual quest for the mole, but the message about species extinction is powerful The Somali golden mole has never been seen in the wild, except as a few bones in an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For some reason, it captured Girling s imagination, becoming a symbol of rarity and fragility See my full review at The Bookbag I would recommend The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson over this one I suspected that this would not be terribly scientific, and I was right It was interesting, but felt repetitive at times It took me a long time to finish this, partly because it just felt like pages upon pages of the same points, reiterated The descriptions of Ol Pejeta were great, though, and it is obvious that the author cares a lot for wildlife and its conservation That being said, this is mucha layman s book though I hate that term than an academic, science y one.

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