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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.

The demand for rhino horns
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Courtney Anthony
Aug 31, 2012 Courtney Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Aug 06, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 08, 2012 Bridget Pitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jessica Knauss
Jul 23, 2012 Jessica Knauss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 22, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. Just as amazing as The Elephant Whisperer. Now I desperately want to find his first book. I am so very sad to hear that Lawrence is no longer with us, but am glad his family is keeping up the fight, and I truly hope to visit Thula Thula someday.
Jun 24, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for any South African or anyone remotely concerned about what poachers are doing in South Africa
Sharon Jones
Nov 07, 2012 Sharon Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Emily Rodgers
Jun 03, 2015 Emily Rodgers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible read! I liked how not only did it focus on the issues of rhino poaching but other problems that have faced Africa recently - which may not have such an obvious impact on conservation. I learnt so much from reading this!!
The note at the end about Lawrence Anthony and his life's work was particularly interesting and insightful!
Meg Orton
Apr 20, 2015 Meg Orton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Anthony was truly one of the greats! He will be missed not only because of his brilliant contribution to conservationism, but also as a genuinely wonderful human being with a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. This book is moving and full of basic truth. The rhino and many other wildlife are in severe danger, and sadly we lost one of the true great earth warriors of our time. A beautiful book that will make you cry, and smile, cry again, and then realize that through it all there ...more
Feb 15, 2016 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
3.5. Not as great as the elephant whisper but interesting and still vivid. Read for a book club.
Oct 26, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. An amazing perspective.
Jun 26, 2016 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, the title of Lawrence Anthony’s last book says it all, “The Last Rhinos; My Battle to Save One of the World’s Greatest Creatures.” Anthony learns that the population of the Northern White Rhino is on the verge of extinction due to the black market Asian trade in rhino horns, valued at $250,000/horn. This remaining subspecies of rhinos live in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a warzone, and an area controlled by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group and cult known for human ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
A must read!

I had to wait till my birthday before receiving this book as a gift from my very special friend and if I’d known what a powerful, awesome book I would be getting, I may have moved my birth date up a few months so that I could have received it earlier!

After reading Babylon’s Ark and Lawrence’s singlehanded determination to rescue the animals abandoned in horrific conditions thanks to the Iraq war, then his remarkable rescue of Nana and her herd of very traumatised elephants (The Eleph
Michael Beaton
Jun 02, 2014 Michael Beaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1, 2, life-experience, memoir
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
Jan 05, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-spoilers, unless you know the about the Northern White Rhino and the life of Lawrence Antony-

Lawrence Anthony was an incredible conservationist. His courage, wisdom and optimism despite the odds will always be inspiring to me. I began this book with anxiety, knowing that Anthony passed away of a heart attack and his quest in this book does not succeed. The Northern White Rhino, the subspecies he tried to save, is now believed to be extinct in the wild. Only four remain alive in zoos and their f
Dec 03, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are only three left in the world.


The Northern White Rhino is the largest mammal to go extinct since the Mammoth. It is our fault. We call our collective selves "humanity", but the definition of this word encompasses the the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence. How humane are we really when we can stand by apathetically and not really care when a rich man somewhere in the world is prepared to pay huge amounts of money to eat a useless piece of Keratin, just because his sel
Dee Waite
Jul 12, 2012 Dee Waite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 21, 2016 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Anthony is my new hero. Hands down. I'm already planning a trip to Thula Thula and also trying to decide if I want to make regular donations for supplies or adopt an orphaned rhino.
Lawrence Anthony has been called a swashbuckler and there truly is no other way to describe him. Nothing comes as close.
This book is the story of how this man defies odds and does everything he can to save the Northern White Rhino. He even befriends the Lord's Resistance Army, who are the
Zoe De Pasquale
Mar 06, 2016 Zoe De Pasquale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shocking, enlightening, informative and, most surprisingly, tinged with good humour - Lawrence Anthony was an extraordinary man, and a truly heroic conservationist.

What is initially conceived as an ill-fated undertaking to save the last of the Northern White Rhinoceros morphs into a terrifying predicament in which Anthony is anointed amongst commanding members of the LRA, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Joseph Kony's right hand man - all to, by whatever means necessary, protect the last of
Sep 15, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, this books is as much about the elephants of Thula Thula (Lawrence Anthony's true love) as it is about the northern white rhino. This, in addition to the fact that Anthony and his co-writer (Graham Spence) have a slightly jumpy writing style, might knock down my assessment a bit, were the passion for the subject matter not to have blazed through so brightly.

By all accounts, Anthony was a larger-than-life character; an impossible-to-ignore figure who became a great influencer of peo
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!
Sep 16, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 09, 2014 Km rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ... About so much more than the race to save the northern white rhino. I found it a fascinating, somewhat sympathetic look at another side of the LRA ... Who knew they advocated for a peace and African justice?!
Jan 09, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book that I couldn't put down - amazing inspirational man with a passion
Supported by a brilliant family, friends. Who could believe that one person could achieve so much ...
Lillian Cummings
Apr 02, 2016 Lillian Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real journey of discovery for me about Lawrence & Thula Thula. He gave his all and there were always so many people that were willing to help as they were as compassed as him about the rhinos.
Broke my heart when Heidi was killed and since then so many other have been lost but we never will give up fighting no matter how bad things are. And Lawrence proved that anything can be done if you want it to be. A great book that takes on a ride of discovery and a better understanding of Rhino &
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