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Horn Of Darkness: Rhinos On The Edge
The black rhino is nature's tank, feared by all animals, even lions. And yet the black rhino is on the edge of extinction, its numbers dwindling from 100,000 at the turn of the century, to less than 2,500 today. The reason is that in places like Yemen, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, the rhino's horn is more treasured than gold, so valuable that people will risk their ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published January 1st 1997)
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At least as much memoir as natural history, this book was not exactly my cup of tea. Carol shared her angst about public speaking with us as well as her insecurity about public perception of their research trips. In the end it was revealed that the whole book was intended to 'set the record straight' with regard to the research program the couple pursued in Africa. Despite all that, there was some wonderful information about Rhinos and about getting around in the African outback.
Very interesting book that covers much more than the rhino de-horning process that the authors went to Namibia to study. Their life, the hardships, the politics - all written in a light hand (for the most part). I read this a few weeks before travelling to Namibia. Will be interesting to see what it is like there in reality.