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Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  19 reviews
An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals.

Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Crown
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This is a book on a subject I am particularly attached to as an aspiring wildlife biologist, and for that reason I greatly enjoyed the book. The imagery and descriptions really take you to Vietnam and give you a good picture of the setting. The author is clearly very passionate about his writing and about nature, which lends an authenticity and personal touch to the book.

This bring said, I don't think the book was particularly well-written. It seems to bounce around a lot; sometimes you are mult
Sarah Rose
This is the first book I received from Goodreads First Reads -- what a treat! I work in conservation and research at an aquarium and I am familiar with the plight of many endangered animals, the convoluted laws that are supposed to protect them, and the controversy around rehabbing and/or keeping animals in captivity. I loved reading this firsthand account of the author discovering many of these issues. I found this book thorough and well-written, and engrossing enough to hold the layperson's in ...more
Gold Rush in the Jungle showed me the beauty of Vietnam that was far removed from the war that engulfed my life as a kid. The book reads like a novel, but the story it tells of the ecosystems that are being lost and the species that depend on those ecosystems is far from a novel. Dan brings life to a place that is being lost as quickly as it is recognized by the Western scientists.(I refuse to use 'discovered' as if nothing exists until seen by the Western Nations) I place 'Gold Rush in the Jung ...more
May 10, 2013 Lucy marked it as to-read
Ooh! I read about this book in NewScientist!
Dan Drollette
Dec 05, 2013 Dan Drollette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Obviously, I'm biased about this book!


But I thought I'd at least put in a few lines here about what led me to the topic. I was inspired to pursue this idea one day while at a university in Australia -- I was based down-under as a foreign correspondent, and "Oz" is a great jumping-off point for southeast Asia. A famous biologist pulled me aside in his campus office, pointed to a map, and said “this is where there is the unsung hero of Indochina wildlife rescue.”

Well, that's like catnip to a w
Alex Telander
There is a secret in this world, a very important one that may disappear before we even know it was there. Vietnam is a nation filled with history and culture, but it is also a unique haven to some of the rarest animals on the planet; it is also one of the few places in this world where new species of fauna continue to be discovered. Gold Rush in the Jungle is the story of this most unique place.

Dan Drolette Jr. has been a quasi-naturalist; a nature and animal lover since he was a child, discove
Oct 05, 2013 Ryan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: nature
Disappointing. While the title carried much promise in uncovering the supposedly unexplored mysteries of Vietnam's wilderness, the book itself is a mishmash of conservation topics not necessarily based in this country but with entire chapters dedicated to tangential subjects like Linnaeus's binomial classification of life and the work of a field station in Hawaii. Much of the book is based around the success story of a primate rescue center in North Vietnam (EPRC) and the author's interaction wi ...more
Fascinating topic, lots of good information, so repetitious that it felt like watching an Animal Planet special on Vietnamese wildlife. This book has so much potential, and would have benefited greatly from better editing. For example, I really disliked being introduced to Alan Rabinowitz and George Schaller five different ways five times over the course of the narrative; it undermines the credibility of the reportage, and is simply annoying to boot. Gold Rush was a great idea from an adventurou ...more
I received this book from the First Reads program. This book was right up my alley. I have a degree in Animal Science and love to travel. I would have given this book 4 1/2 stars if it was possible. The story of rare and yet to be found animals in Vietnam was fascinating. I was surprised at how little I had heard or read of it before. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in science. My only small quibble with the author was a tendency to go off on tangents somewhat related to the topic ...more
Vanessa Olvera
This book has a great amount of information on the animals and the country itself and is not a difficult read. I had little knowledge of the situation in Vietnam, yet this book helped me understand the hardships the people who want to protect these animals have to go through and that it is not as easy as it seems to help these animals as we think it is. It is definitely a good read if you are looking for something new to read or want to learn more about Dan's experience in Vietnam.
Konstantin Kirilov
A very informative, yet not hard to grasp overview of the history of wildlife exploration and conservation in Vietnam (and parts of neighboring countries). I really enjoyed the way the chapters were organized in a way that will help even people with little knowledge on the subject understand the material. If anyone knows of similar books on conservation in other countries, please do share!
I really wanted to love this book. However I didn't find the chapters fulfilling, I found no clear thread running through the book, and worst of all, the narrative doesn't deliver on the tale of the "lost world." It's like watching someone go through a video game scenario backwards.
If you want to learn about endangered animals and the country of Vietnam this is the book for you. It is perfect for people who don't know ANYTHING about Vietnam at all. Simple yet delightfully engrossing!

*Won from Goodreads Giveaway* Thanks!
Barbara Rathbun
Mar 26, 2014 Barbara Rathbun rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: animal and nature lovers, environmentalists
Recommended to Barbara by: Goodreads advance reader
Well written, well researched review of a fascinating part of the world. The advance copy I received didn't have illustrations, which encourages me to go find a copy of the published book to see what I've missed.
Nenia Campbell
You can read more reviews at my blog, The Armchair Librarian.

I didn't really learn to appreciate the value that nonfiction holds until college. Partially this was because I needed them for research papers, and fighting off all those other bitch-ass college students in the reserves made them a valuable commodity. But also because I learned to appreciate how fascinating it can be, learning about the underpinnings of the world - and the universe - we live in.

Gold Rush in the Jungle was a great read
I won this book from first reads.

I will update this with a review soon.
Interesting read - relevant to my upcoming journey to Vietnam
Jul 15, 2013 Sarah marked it as to-read
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I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads
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Jun 24, 2013 Rock Angel marked it as i-aint-sure
location: vietnam
writing style: conversational
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Dan's an award-winning foreign correspondent specializing in "adventure science." Much like George Plimpton spending a season with the Detroit Lions to write about football, Dan's gone into the jungle with biologists in search of rare wildlife -- and into the tunnel of the world's largest machine with physicists looking for the Higgs Boson. His articles have appeared in Scientific American, Intern ...more
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