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Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  704 ratings  ·  83 reviews
At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall-a ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published August 14th 2009)
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A book of essays interspersed with Ms. Goodall's "field notes" on conservation efforts around the globe. Each story centers on an endangered species, usually ones that are on the brink of extinction. With so much depressing news about the state of the Earth, it is was a nice change to hear hopeful stories and good news about conservation biology and the major strides made by both dedicated scientists and amateur naturalists.

There are a lot of stories - and that is the only down side (but it fee
Minyoung Lee
Jane Goodall is my childhood hero. I grew up reading her books on her work with the chimps in Gombe. With my first paycheck, I donated to the JGI. It dawned on my one day that I have not read any of her present work and decided to check this book out... But I dare say I was rather disappointed. While Dr. Goodall's efforts in wildlife preservation is admirable, her observations with all these endangered species that she does not have firsthand exposure with or as passionate about as the chimps... ...more
Apr 23, 2010 Laurie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
This is a good book to read if you are interested in animals or conservation. It is really a collection of small essays about different species that are labeled conservation successes, so it is not great to read straight through. The purpose of the book is to counteract the hopelessness a lot of people feel when discussing conservation. The idea is that this hopelessness stops people from acting, so Goodall decided to present some success stories, in hopes that people will see a difference can s ...more
Being an environmentalist, an activist, and an animal lover I enjoyed this book. It is written so differently from other books, it felt like I was reading a series of editorials rather than a comprehensive novel. Being an academic I usually read fiction for fun and leave the serious stuff to 'work'. This was serious stuff and very educational, but it is hard to have an opinion about the ‘quality’ of the book when it is a position piece that you just generally agree with. It was not what I would ...more
Freda Labianca
I love that Jane Goodall is also the narrator of the audiobook. It puts more emphasis on the story when you hear it from the horses mouth, per say.
The statistics that she read out in the story were eye openers! You hear stuff all the time, especially since Global Warming, but the stats she gives were unknown and new to me.
This book was not just about apes, as you would think being Jane Goodall, but it is about all animals, even us humans. We all need sustainable life, and this book reminds us of
Icon Books
Using her unique access to conservation programmes across the globe, one of world’s most famous animal lovers tells a unique and passionate real-life story, meeting at first-hand a vast range of animals, from Giant Pandas in China to Whooping Cranes in Texas that are being taught new migration routes, led by human devotees in flying machines.

With over 100 photographs, Jane Goodall’s book brings both new hope for the future of the animal kingdom – and a forthright call to arms to play our part
what could i say about this amazing book, written by an amazing woman, that would not be trite and cliche and fangirl-ish? nothing, but that it's amazing and inspirational truly far beyond what i thought it would be, or that a book could be, period. i love animals and have a vast reserve of respect and reverence for nature, and the daily news of environmental destruction is most depressing to me- in part because so few people seem to notice or care. to have a whole entire book!!! about the oppos ...more
Kim Olson
At a time when we're losing thousands of animal species to extinction every year, Jane Goodall offers a welcome message of optimism, backed up by stories of unsung heroes who have saved various animal species on the brink of extinction--from the giant panda, to the California condor, to the Iberian lynx.

She takes us right into the field and shows how biologists and others are saving species--some that had dwindled down to low single digits--often using some pretty inventive tactics like "marriag
Jane Goodall, without a doubt, is one of the few individuals in the world today (outside of my circle of friends and family) that I admire and aspire to be like. She fills me with hope - a hope that human beings are still capable of showing compassion and empathy and that every person can make a significant difference in the world. This book describes in fascinating detail the events that have lead to the near extinction of a number of birds, animals, and/or flora/fauna...and the way that ordina ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
I love Jane Goodall. Who doesn't? So its hard not to give heaps of brownie points to someone who has in her small way changed the world. The book focuses on different projects going on throughout the planet working with endangered species of all types from birds to beetles. It highlights the main contributes for work in these areas and discusses ways that the population can get involved with protection outlets. There are lots of little mini bios in this one and I think it is a wonderful cause. T ...more
I enjoyed many of the stories in this book. Chiefly the stories about black-footed ferrets, grey wolves, and rhinos. I thought the book was was interesting; however, some parts were a little slow. I also have the audio book. Jane Goodall is the narrator and I found her a little hard to understand and listen to. (This is probably because of her age and the fact that I was running on the dreadmill.)I still enjoyed the book and I hold tremendous respect for Jane Goodall and all that she has done to ...more
I enjoyed these endangered species' success stories! So much of the news out there is dire, especially with the "sixth great extinction" gaining momentum. This book shows us that even if you can't save them all, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to save some. Many of these stories were about the most famously endangered species (i.e. the Giant Panda, California Condor, and the Whooping Crane) and just how close they came to extinction, but there were also stories of little known species (the A ...more
I read this book very slowly. A chapter here and there. I feel like if I had sat down and read the whole thing through novel-style it would have gotten too repetitive. It was overall a very intelligent, satisfying, and positive read. I was inspired by a few of Goodall's personal tales as well as stories of some species who almost didn't persist in their natural habitat until rescued by humans. It's really amazing to understand what it takes sometimes to rescue a species from the brink.
Sonia Almeida
It is indeed a beautiful and hopeful book. Now I have the desire to know more, and to go to the website and learn everything about all those projects mentioned there. The only remark I could make, is that some of the stories are told in a rush, as obviously there was not enough space to tell all the stories as detailed as they deserved. I highly recommend this book to everyone as it makes us look at the future in a brighter way, now that we are closing in on the 21st of December 2012. :)
Heather C.
The idea for this book is so beautiful and optimistic. Jane Goodall recounts stories of a handful of animal species which were hopelessly close to extinction, and how they were rescued from that fate. Her writing is so simple, I think my ten year-old could make her way through this, but that is who Jane Goodall is. A single woman with a simple goal of making the world a better place. This book was very calming and happy in a flood of sad stories in the world.
Perhaps this book could have used a bit of editing, but, overall, it is a useful antidote to all the negative news about environmental issues. Of course, the negative stories are important and should be published. However, it's also important to remember that there are success stories as well. If we allow ourselves to believe that the situation is hopeless, we're simply providing ourselves an excuse to do nothing. This book strongly argues against such an excuse.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! And I love Jane Goodall! This book is just a collection of stories about species of plants and animals that are near extinction. A subject like that could be truely depressing for anyone who cares about such things but this book is all about hope. it is divided into a few sections like species extinct in the wild but not in captivity, species rescued from the brink, etc. It is truely awesome. I totally recommend it.
Jenny Hagan
It took me a long time to read this book because it's really long and non-fiction but I loved reading it! It was almost like reading short stories with each animal having its only little chapter. I love Jane Goodall's voice in her books, she writes like she is addressing a friend. I also loved her idea of looking at the positive rather than always focusing on the negative.
Take an in depth look into some of the success stories of conservation. The history, conservation efforts, and Jane's own personal experience of each endangered animal allow you to see how important these animals are, and how much effort and dedication it takes for people to save them. Unlike many other books on the topic, this one has a general positive feel throughout.
Jane's dedication was immediately enough to rip my heart out. Other things rip my heart out too - about how something saved was eventually killed because of another human factor. I did not love this book but I love the intention - there is no hope, however, especially for birds. So long as human population growth continues, nature doesn't stand a chance. 3.5*
Sophia H
The Hope for animals and their world is great book about endangered animals and plant life. It also talks about habitats that were polluted, but with the help of many people they are back to clean and healthy. I recommend this book to people who like biology and conservation. I really liked to read the great stories about animals brought back from the brink of extinction. Did you know that the Coelacanth was thought extinct for over 65 MILLION YEARS!!! I also really liked to read about the Iberi ...more
Cherilyn Jose
I have both the audiobook and the actual book. I mainly listened to this book to hear Jane Goodall's voice, but not the whole book was narrated by her. Like all her books, Jane's passion for the natural world is inspiring. I was not disappointed by this book. It was amazing to read/listen about the dedication many people have to keeping species from going extinct. Many times the conservationists are about to give up when luck comes along to save them. This book gives me hope that humans won't de ...more
Great book full of overpowering examples of the necessary and logical basis for hope.

Too many people confuse 'hope' and 'cockiness.' This book does not, showing the importance of conservation for animals and humans (we like to think ourselves as not part of our global ecosystem, but we are part), the struggle of those dedicated to being symbiotic and not predatory or parasitic, and above all the futility of doing anything other than hoping and acting. Fantastic, important book, and I encourage a
Roots & Shoots
This article was published on the website for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots.

"Book of the Month: Hope for Animals and their World by Dr. Jane Goodall"

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom about the destruction of our environment. Dr. Jane¿s new book, Hope for Animals and their World, chooses not to. She highlights the amazing survival stories of many animal species, thanks to extraordinary people who have worked to protect these animals and their habit.

Dr. Jane discusses
Chris Rock
The rating is really two and a half stars.

Basically the book is "How Humans Have Helped Endangered Animals and Plants." The issue of species conservation is a pretty complicated one that brings up a number of questions. How valuable is a single species? Can human intervention really make a significant impact? Does captive breeding affect the natural-born instincts of a species? Does the limited genetic diversity of a species reduced to a few individuals affect the future viability of the species
Love the topic....showing the good in humans and how some of our species is fighting for the endangered animals that humans have put in crisis. It is a book that is uplifting and looks at many endangered species of animals, plants, insects, etc. and shows how different groups/individuals have helped to give these animals another chance. It is just so dry and boring at times I had a hard time getting through it. The other pet peeve I have is Jane Goodall has to constantly talk about how sad it wa ...more
I give up. If I get any more bored with this book, I’m going to be at risk of lapsing into a coma. I expected Jane Goodall to have written a book able to motivate people to take consideration of our endangered animals. Sadly, she wrote a tiresome collection of uninteresting scientific data, narrated in her monotone, overly proper English tone. And let me just say it’s pretty hard to bore me when it comes to the topic of animal conservation. I read a book about ants straight through, stopping onl ...more
Sigh, moving this to "stalled." Really enjoyed this for awhile but then it got a bit too repetitive, similar messages and methods but with different animals, and I lost interest. Too, I didn't like the segments as well when Goodall herself wasn't involved or doing the storytelling. BUT I definitely do want to revisit it sometime as there is some wonderful work being done and I like reading about it, I did love the Goodall segments (and she does have a majority of them), and I love the idea of th ...more
Mete Rodoper
Jane Goodall tells amazing stories of people who dedicated their lives to environment and saving species from getting extinct. This book is great if you'd like to get motivated and want to know about the dedicated people who try to give all their efforts to different species.

It raised great awareness for me, because every time when a new animal is mentioned I went and checked those animals. Also, this book is good to hear different events, conferences happening around the world.

After reading th
Gabor Hernadi
A very interesting and important theme, it's hightly enjoyable to read about people sacrificing everything to save a species from extinction. Unfortunately the book sometimes repetitive and more than often highly superficial. It's a pity because the theme deserves better.
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Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall), is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute an ...more
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