Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement—told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it.

In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale.

She describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures in conservation history; she reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund; she explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane and the black rhinoceros; and she confronts the darker side of conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism.

As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species—including our own.

Title:Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction
ISBN:9781324001683
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  • Ben Goldfarb

    Honored to have blurbed this forthcoming book; here's what I wrote:Beloved Beasts is the definitive history of the conservation movement, in all its turbulent, passionate, problematic glory. Michelle ...

  • Kathy

    4.5 rounded upVery interesting and informative....

  • Melvyn

    An epic journey through time learning about the evolution of conservation This took me back to my Ecology, Evolution and Conservation classes at University, but interestingly covered some of the lesse...

  • Ivana

    A lovely and yet sad book. At the bottom of all this is the sad fact that our species sees itself on the outside of the natural world, somehow better or more valuable than other species that share thi...

  • Chaitra

    I wanted to love this book more than I did. Maybe I would have if I wasn't listening to it, but reading. Maybe. There's also the mismatch between what I expected and what was in it, which is obviously...

  • Bryn

    This is such a lovely book. Full disclosure: I'm friends with Michelle. She's also an incredibly gifted storyteller who manages to weave together multiple histories about the birth of the conservation...

  • Ula

    In the times of environmental decline, global warming, and zoonotic pandemic, it is easy to despair. Now more than ever we need some good news and a bit of optimism. And here comes to the rescue this ...

  • Cara

    BELOVED BEASTS is an excellent new book about the history of modern wildlife conservation. This is the book I wish I had read years ago! If you want to learn about the relationships between conservati...

  • Sarah

    I took my time reading this book because it is weighty, and dense, in the topic more so than prose. It is not a light or easy read, but it is important and fascinating. I found myself wanting to sit w...

  • Shane Murphy

    This books gives a great history on conservation, and how it has shaped our world today. Michelle outlines the human connection to nature and how it has changed over the years. Really great book for t...