The Soul of the Rhino: A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureaucrats, Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoceros
Selected as one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly
In early 2006, National Public Radio reported that “A promising conservation effort to save one of Nepal’s signature endangered species is now in serious trouble, due primarily to poachers taking advantage of fighting between government forces and Maoist insurgents.” This was devastating news indeed to author
This book is a memoir and is primarily a book about people rather than rhinos; that is, about the practicalities and politics of conservation, rather than the behaviour and habits of Rhinocero ...more
What the book is not: A description of what rhinos are like, how they spend their time, or what makes them interesting animals.
I very much enjoyed read ...more
I have to admit that I didn't know there were rhinoceroses in Nepal. My knowledge of rhinos is limited to what I learned from countless trips to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. They have had success with the Southern White Rhino, so much so that it's the mascot of the park. The Southern White species, though, live in A ...more
If this sentence does not sound alarm bells in several different ways, then you may be able to concentrate on what he says about wildlife.
'But,' said Upreti, with a mischievous grin on his triangular face, 'like everything in Nepal, there is a short cut. If we can get a blessing from King Birendra, the rest ...more
This is his on-the ground account of those years and the conservation lessons that he learned. He doesn't skip the gross stuff, describing in detail the Tarpan, a dark ritual that required the King to hunt and kill one of th ...more
The end of the book is quite disturbing considering new political climate provoked by shocking assassination of the royal family by their own member. That has had a domino effect on all aspects of the society and under such circumstances there's no much space for conservation problems.
Occasionally the book is repetitive and dis-jointed.