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Hotspots Revisited: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial EcoregionsArtist/Author: Mittermeier, Russell A., et al.
This book presents the results of a four year re-analysis of the biodiversity hotspots, which originally appeared in the original Hotspots book in 1999, and provides updated information, and refines and reconfigures the hotspots boundaries. Hotspots Revisited identifies 34 regions worldwide, increased from the original 25 in the 1999 study, where 75 percent of the planet’s most threatened mammals, birds, and amphibians survive within habitat covering just 2.3% of the Earth’s surface. Like its predecessor it is richly illustrated with over 300 photographs by some of the world’s most outstanding wildlife photographers and has contributions from more than 200 scientific experts from around the world. New to the updated book is the inclusion of information on freshwater fishes for all hotspots, data on the number of genera and families occurring in and endemic to the hotspots, threats to hotspots and data for Critically Endangered and Endangered terrestrial vertebrates according to the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Hotspots Revisited provides stronger evidence than ever before of the fundamental role that the hotspots play in global biodiversity conservation and reaffirms the importance of the biodiversity hotspots concept.
Its elegant and informative text wraps around absolutely superb pictures of the world’s rarest and most beautiful animals and plants. Do your soul and conservation a favour – buy it. – Adrian Barnett, New Scientist “Acting as both a magnificent encyclopedia of the 25 hotspots and as a plea for their salvation, the book succeeds wonderfully at both missions and is highly recommended.” – Booklist”
Black market: inside the endangered species trade in Asia.Artist/Author: Davies, Ben.
A powerful and provocative expose of the persistent illegal trade in endangered animals. Shocking photographs are accompanied by interviews with government officials, wildlife protection agents, and conservationists. Focuses on the poachers, smugglers and buyers, revealing the larger issues in this high-stakes trade.
A powerful and provocative expose of the persistent illegal trade in endangered animals; Shocking photographs are accompanied by interviews with government officials, wildlife protection agents, and conservationists; Focuses on the poachers, smugglers and the buyers revealing the larger issues in this high-stakes game The world’s illegal wildlife market is estimated by Interpol to be worth USD 6 billion a year, and is one of the fastest growing areas of international crime. Black Market tells of the forces driving this multibillion dollar trade, and profiles some of the brave activists who are fighting back. The reader is taken on a pictorial journey across the Asian continent to explore the destruction of animal habitats and the disappearance of entire species. This important book proves that we have much to gain by learning more about this truly global issue.
Phylogeny and conservation.Artist/Author: Purvis, Andrew et al, editors.
Phylogeny is a potentially powerful tool for conserving biodiversity. This book explores how it can be used to tackle questions of great practical importance and urgency for conservation. Using case studies from many different taxa and regions of the world, the volume evaluates how useful phylogeny is in understanding the processes that have generated today’s diversity and the processes that now threaten it. Also available in hardback .
Under ground: how creatures of mud and dirt shape our world.Artist/Author: Baskin, Yvonne.
This study of the soils of earth, examines the world of bacteria and fungi, microscopic nematode worms, springtails, and mud shrimp and their contribution to environmental health. The author also explores the alarming threats that air pollution, trawl fishing, wetland destruction, and other human impacts pose to these unique creatures and how, in turn, this affects our well being. Also available in paperback [stock id 25651].
Wildlife SpectaclesArtist/Author: Mittermeier, Russell A. et al.
Thousands of migratory birds’ wings silhouetted against a setting sun; vivid monarch butterflies draped over forest grove branches as living leaves of autumn hue: the mass gatherings of animal species are a powerful and all-too-rare sight. Wildlife Spectacles captures here in brilliant full-color photographs the force and mystery of these exceptional assemblages that have inspired and fascinated us throughout history. The volume features thirty-six chapters written by some of the world`s most distinguished biodiversity scientists that engagingly explain the history, geographic distribution, and daily functions of various animal species, as well as the conservation efforts employed today to ensure their survival. The compelling core of the volume, however, lies in the wealth of beautiful and breathtaking images that documents these vast and magnificent gatherings and the raw power of the animals` daily fight for survival. From thousands of penguins congregating on a rocky Antarctic beach to the brutal attack of a wildebeest by a Nile crocodile, the visual sequences here are a moving testament to the dramatic wonder of the natural world. Continuing the successful tradition of Megadiversity, Hotspots, and Wilderness, Wildlife Spectacles presents an accessible and visually stunning examination of critical conservation issues today.
Nature’s Strongholds: The World’s Great Wildlife ReservesArtist/Author: Riley, Laura and William Riley.
Bengal tigers in the jungles of India. Birds of Paradise in the wilds of New Guinea. Penguins on frozen beaches in Antarctica. These and other charismatic and endangered species find homes within the world’s great wildlife reserves. Only a few persons have had the opportunity to visit many of these wildlife sanctuaries and witness these magnificent animals firsthand. Now, for the first time, the splendor of the world’s most impressive wildlife reserves is captured on the printed page in this gloriously illustrated book by naturalists Laura and Bill Riley.
The Rileys, who received Pulitizer Prize nominations for their book on American wildlife refuges, spent ten years researching Nature’s Strongholds, visiting reserves on every continent. The 600 sanctuaries featured were chosen on the basis of exhaustive on-scene reports, interviews, and personal experiences. From Ecuador’s Gálapagos Islands to Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti, they represent the last places on earth where the natural world remains intact. Some of the reserves are as large as European countries, others the size of small farms. Many are growing as people everywhere become aware of their beauty and importance.
Nature’s Strongholds includes information on each sanctuary’s historical and ecological significance, details about how to visit and what to see, and a comprehensive index for locating individual species.
A feast for the eyes, Nature’s Strongholds offers a magical excursion into these majestic-and seldom seen-paradises. Anyone who has ever dreamed of taking such a journey will long to have Nature’s Strongholds.
Drafting a conservation blueprint: a practitioner’s guide to planning for biodiversity.Artist/Author: Groves, Craig R.
“Drafting a conservation blueprint offers an outstanding guide to planning land use at a broad landscape scale, which includes various kinds of land use and encourages participation of the relevant stakeholders. Based on practical experience, this book is the best guide that is currently available” Jeffrey A. McNeely.
Nest Boxes for Wildlife: A Practical GuideArtist/Author: Franks, Alan, Stacey Franks
Much of Australia’s wildlife will not survive without hollows for nesting. The complete practical guide with extensive plans, this book is ideal for your garden! With some basic carpentry skills you can build a nest box, and be rewarded by the pleasure of watching the activities of the wildlife that take up residence. Nest boxes are a great idea since they: attract wildlife back into gardens thereby introducing breeding and other enriching activities into our daily lives; may assist populations of endangered species; make an unusual gift for a nature loving friend; provide pleasure for nursing home residents; provide excellent school projects, especially for woodwork classes. Stacey and Alan Franks have spent years researching the needs and habits of hollow-dependent fauna. The practical advice they give is based on personal observation and experience, as well as information they have gathered from other wildlife experts.
Conserving forest biodiversity: a comprehensive multiscaled approach.Artist/Author: Lindenmayer, David B. and Jerry F. Franklin.
While most efforts at biodiversity conservation have focused primarily on protected areas and reserves, the unprotected lands surrounding those area – the “matrix” – are equally important to preserving global biodiversity and maintaining forest health. In Conserving forest biodiversity, leading forest scientists David B. Lindenmayer and Jerry F. Franklin argue that the conservation of forest biodiversity requires a comprehensive and multiscaled approach that includes both reserve and nonreserve areas. They lay the foundations for such a strategy, bringing together the latest scientific information on landscape ecology, forestry, conservation biology, and related disciplines. Also available in hardcover [stock id 18315].
Conservation biology.Artist/Author: Pullin, Andrew S.
Conservation biology is fast emerging as a major new discipline, incorporating biological principles into the design of effective strategies for sustainable management and preservation of populations, species and entire ecosystems. This beautifully illustrated textbook introduces students to conservation biology, taking a truly global perspective and providing a fully comprehensive and accessible treatment of the subject. Key ideas, discussion points, further reading and relevant websites are included in each chapter and textboxes are used throughout for supplementary information, definitions and case studies from around the world. Also available in hardcover.
Imposing wilderness: struggles over livelihood and nature preservation in Africa.Artist/Author: Neumann, Roderick P.Add to cart
A marine rapid assessment of the Raja Ampat Islands, Papua Province, Indonesia.Artist/Author: McKenna, Sheila A. et al., editors.
The Raja Ampat islands are another example of a highly diverse coral ecosystem under threat. Such regions stand out not only because of their species richness, endemism, and habitat level diversity, but also because of their relatively pristine condition. Yet portions of these coral ecosystems face imminent destruction and degradation because of over-fishing or destructive fishing, pollution, population growth, and the urbanization of coastlines. This rapid assessment catalogs the current biological state of the Raja Ampat islands and assesses potential threats.