The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures
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The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures

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When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals.

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ebook, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Courtney Anthony
As soon as I finished The Elephant Whisperer, I began eagerly awaiting The Last Rhinos. Then, when Lawrence Anthony passed away in March, my waiting became bittersweet. I knew that this would be the last time I would get to enjoy a new book by one of my favorite conservationists.

I expected that The Last Rhinos would, like Babylon's Ark and The Elephant Whisperer, focus on Anthony's work with endangered species and the day-to-day life of his South African wildlife preserve, Thula Thula. Instead,...more
Michelle
The Last Rhinos goes far beyond a story about rhinos. Lawrence Anthony, in his attempt to stop the northern white rhinos from going extinct, finds himself as an unlikely go-between trying to stop a war that has been raging in Africa for decades. The local government and the Lord's Resistance Army (one of the most dangerous and deadly group of guerilla mercenaries in the world) are attempting peace talks but no one really expects them to pan out. The LRA turns to Anthony to try to help them achie...more
Bridget Pitt
An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man. Shows what can be achieved if someone just follows the path in front of them wherever it leads. I learnt so much - about rhinos, about Africa, about the complexities of of trying to conserve animal and human life in this magical but highly challenged continent. A must read for anyone interested in conservation or Africa, or life.
Matthew
A must read for any South African or anyone remotely concerned about what poachers are doing in South Africa
Jessica Knauss
I hesitated to give this book a high rating because it wasn't what I was hoping for: an account of the way intrepid humans saved a bunch of rhinoceroses, filled with charming anecdotes about rhino behavior. I don't know what I was thinking when I expected that, because I know the situation for all the rhino species is unspeakably dire. Co-author Graham Spence says he thought of calling the book "Blood Horn" and that might have been a more direct approach to indicate that this book is, at least i...more
Michelle
A brillant follow-on book to Lawrence Anthony's best-seller "The Elephant Whisperer."

In this book Anthony continues to share stories about the happenings at his private game reserve Thula Thula. If the reader has read his first book, the continuation of the animal tales is an easy and enjoyable one.

He also talks about the plight of rhinos in South Africa who are being poached and pushed to the brink of extinction. His mission was spurred after the loss of Heidi, a rhino at Thula Thula who they...more
Amanda
Well, first off there wasn't a whole lot of talk about rhinos and their predicament. The vast majority of the book was about what the author went through in order to get protection for some white rhinos with the help of the Lord's Resistance Army. Now, don't get me wrong, hearing about the whole Invisible Children and LRA dilemna from a different point of view was definitely very, very interesting to me, which is why I rated the book three stars. But I was pretty disappointed that I didn't get t...more
Sharon Jones
This is truly an inspirational book and a must read for all animal lovers. Besides being focused on the fate of the Rhinos, this takes one into the heart of Africa and gives the individual a look at life from the African perspective. The insight into Mother Nature's creatures will give you pause to think and reconsider any thoughts you may have had that animals can't reason or have feelings. It is a sad state of affairs that our beautiful creatures are being eliminated from our planet when all t...more
Diana M. Hawkins

This is the third of Anthony's books that I have read. In Babylon's Ark, he related his experience during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, when he saved the animals in the Bagdad Zoo. Then there was Elephant Whisperer, in which he describes accepting a herd of "rogue" elephants from Zimbabwe gave them a home on his private Kwazulu-Natal game reserve, Thula Thula, in South Africa. Now comes The Last Rhinos, in which he travels to the war-ravaged Congo to save the northern White Rhino from extincti...more
Emily Goenner
I didn't expect much from this book, which perhaps affects my rating. And, as non-fiction, my rating isn't comparable to my fiction rating (Shadow of the Banyan). All that aside, this book was a treat, a wonderful surprise. A quick, easy read, it went beyond the conservation attempts to reveal the humanity of the hated Lord's Resistance Army. Anthony shows the reader, and reminded me, how complex issues are, that both sides of war are commit atrocities and both sides lie, cheat, follow their own...more
Michael Beaton
An amazing book by someone who lived an amazing life doing good by "Becoming Animal"...(a reference to the book).

There are a few obvious reviews to write, and there is one I am just sitting with as the meaning and message of this book, and his others, percolate into myself.

There is a quality of life, and a life lived w a certain purity that seems should be less outstanding because it is otherwise so common. But that is not the world we currently live in. Certainly not in our hustle that is Ame...more
Dee Waite
An amazing story about one man's journey to save a beautiful animal from extinction. His descriptive writing brings the reader to the heart of the issues and he drives home the tremendous urgency for action in the saving of these animals. He was a courageous man, taking on communications with the dangerous rebel soldiers of the Congo. Read this beautiful and heartwarming story.
Lara
This is a pretty incredible story. I was really just expecting something similar to The Elephant Whisperer, about Anthony's conservation efforts at Thula Thula, but then suddenly I find myself in the camp of the Lord's Resistance Army with Anthony negotiating not only for protection for the last fifteen Northern White Rhinos left in the wild, but also for peace in the horrifying civil war that's been going on in Uganda for over twenty years! Sadly, neither venture really goes well in the end. Th...more
Adrienne
Fascinating book. Made me realise just how closely the rhino problem is linked to politics. And just what a difficult problem it is to solve. Now sadly the last rhino in Mozambique have just been killed. this carnage has to stop!
Kate
Lawrence Anthony's life was phenomenal! Its sometimes hard to believe you're reading a book about a person's real experiences. It was an eye-opening read that takes a tough subject and makes it entertaining but not less heart breaking.
Jackie Barry-henrick
I struggled to get into this book initially but once I got into it, I could not put it down. An amazing human being!
Claudia
This is another excellent book by Lawrence Anthony and his brother-in-law about Anthony's conservationist work in Africa. The book is as much about the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army), African culture, justice, poaching, and politics as it is about trying to save the northern white rhino in the Garamba park. Anthony enlists the aid of the LRA because the rhinos are in the same area as the terrorist group. It's a fascinating account of meetings with the LRA and peacemakers. Sadly, Anthony dies sudde...more
Tracy Grant
Brilliant, story, very thought provoking and sad.
Sarah
Another great book by conservationist Lawrence Anthony, the Elephant Whisperer. This story becomes less about animals, but remains exciting. Lawrence is pulling together resources to save the last few remaining members of a species of rhino from poachers. Unfortunately, the rhinos are in territory occupied by the LRA (an African terrorist organization), and no one will help him get to the territory in time to save them.

So he does the unthinkable--he makes a deal with the LRA to protect the rhino...more
Vivienne
There were a lot of unexpected bits in this memoir including Lawrence Anthony's dangerous trips into the jungle to negotiate with the warlord leaders of the Lord's Revolutionary Army for the protection of the last rhinos in that area and how he then was pulled into assisting with peace negotiations.

It also continues the story of Thula Thula and their on-going heart-breaking fight against the poachers determined to obtain rhino horn. I am very much in agreement with Lawrence Anthony in his openin...more
Richard
When I picked up this book, I thought it would be a journalistic look at the issues facing wild rhinos in Africa, with a focus on the rhino-horn trade that's driven by demand in East Asia. Instead, it turned out to be a memoir, describing one man's effort to save a particular group of individual northern white rhinos. But it's not even that; the rhino effort is only a portion of the book. There are entire chapters that don't mention rhinos at all, but instead contain anecdotes about the author's...more
Sue
After a rhino is poached for its horn on the grounds of Thula Thula, and the removal of three other rhinos from the reserve for their safety, Lawrence Anthony learns of the predicament of the white rhino population in the DRC. He is told that there are only 15 rhino left in the wild and he is determined to do what he can to protect the species from extinction. He puts together a plan and with resources and financial backing, approaches the DRC government officials for support only to be met wit...more
Diane
Roy read this first and said he would give it 5 stars Plus. It is the first book he ever read that took over his life, so he simply read and did nothing else for about a day and a half until he finished. We will see what happens when I get started - it is next on the pile.

It is hard to review this book without creating spoilers and usually I don't believe that there really are spoilers. Lawrence Anthony is a well-known South African conservationist who ran the Thula Thula reserve before his deat...more
Beth Lind
Gobsmacked. Not only do I need to use this word more frequently in my conversation as the author does but it was the feeling I had when I realized that the Northern White Rhinos are probably extinct in the wild. Despite Lawrence Anthony's attempts to save them, the world just stood by and let the poachers win. I don't remember hearing anything about this in the news and that saddens me. In Anthony's dealings, I learned an entirely different perspective of the LRA (the Lord's Resistance Army). In...more
Heidi
A wonderful story of life in South Africa and Anthony's passionate goal of saving not only the northern white rhino from extinction but of conservation in general. The books slogged a bit in the middle when telling of Anthony's attempts to meet with government and tribal authorities to make clear the potential fate of Africa's animals if war and poaching were not stopped. Overall, just a wonder book; the audio version is perfect for commuters.
Susan
Not just a wonderful book about one man's efforts to save the black rhino from extinction, but his side involvement with the Lord's Resistance Army in the DRC. This part of the book really sheds light on the rebels and proves there are two sides to every story. The sad part is that the author died of a heart attack 2 years ago at age 61, so this is likely the last of his personal stories. His family now carry on with his conservation efforts at his wildlife refuge in Africa.
Mpumi Sithole
This book goes far beyond a story about rhinos. Lawrence Anthony, in his attempt to stop the northern white rhinos from going extinct, finds himself as an unlikely go-between trying to stop a civil war that has been raging in Africa for decades. The local government and the Lord's Resistance Army (one of the most dangerous and deadly group of guerilla mercenaries in the world) are attempting peace talks but no one really believes in the peace attempts. The LRA turns to Anthony to try to help the...more
David Sidwell
The story begins with rhinos and their jeopardy, and we are reminded about that throughout, but it seems Anthony ran out of material about rhinos about half way through and started writing about other things: his preserve, elephants, and others. However, the book is still delightful to read and held my interest, despite it's reverting to (kind of) short stories for the second half.
Janel
I picked this up from the Library thinking it was just about Rhinos, but it is much more than that. In his fight to save the remaining 14 white rhinos in what was formerly known as Zaire, he met the leaders of the infamous LRA (Lord's Army) and became involved in the peace process... a fascinating story and I plan to read his other books. Such an inspiration to take action!
Linda
This book wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but still I enjoyed it, and am so sorry that the author died, not only because I will miss his books, but also because he was a man with many talents and a great conservationist. When Anthony heard that the white rhino population in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was down to fifteen and in danger of extinction, he made every effort he could to bring the animals to a safer place. Unfortunately, red tape and politics sidetracked him until it...more
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