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

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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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Apr 11, 2014 Vaishali rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
I've had the huge privilege of meeting Dr. Goodall, and what an absolute honor it is to hear her gentle, divine voice again via audiobook. I'm convinced she's God's very own.

I see this book got poor reviews... possibly because readers today reject factual matter that's not entertaining. Quite sad, since Dr. Goodall spends her life convincing us to get serious about respecting Mother Earth.

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Feb 07, 2010 Laurie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 15, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2011 Minyoung Lee rated it liked it
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
Nov 27, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
Icon Books
Nov 17, 2011 Icon Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-science
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
Freda Mans-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
Kim Olson
Feb 04, 2012 Kim Olson rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2011 trina rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 02, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2011 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
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
Oct 10, 2009 Kayla rated it it was amazing
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
Sonia Almeida Dias
Nov 18, 2012 Sonia Almeida Dias rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 04, 2009 Heather C. rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 24, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 02, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Apr 16, 2012 Anita rated it really liked it
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.
Jenny Hagan
Jul 25, 2011 Jenny Hagan rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 28, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 23, 2011 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*
D.L. Thomas
Dec 18, 2015 D.L. Thomas rated it it was amazing
Inspirational! Read it.
Jan 17, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
Delightful to listen to Jane Goodall read the audio book.
May 08, 2017 Eric rated it really liked it
Jane Goodall is a legend in her own time! Yes, a chiche, but also fitting in the double edged impression this book left on me.

First of all, this is a fantastic overview of the struggles some endangered, and even thought extinct animal (and one plant) species endured. The vignette's are brief, yet powerful in describing the endangered animals and the scientists who championed their causes, and very existence! The journey of each species can be given an entire book on their story, but the shorter
Mar 15, 2017 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
It is not a bad book however I didn't read it in full as the small essays about saving individual species get very repetitive! The chapter of "why save endangered species" was very disappointing, not addressing any of the criticism of conservation but purely appealing to the love of nature (which yes is important but for many people not a convincing argument). Also i would have liked to learn more about the lack of genetic diversity in rescued populations, as I learnt in my ugrad studies this is ...more
Belinda Bertrand
Oct 16, 2016 Belinda Bertrand rated it really liked it
I read this book on the way home from Madagascar, was perfect timing for it. a great read for animal lovers.
Huguette Larochelle
Mar 19, 2017 Huguette Larochelle rated it it was amazing
very good book about preserving species , and nature.
thanks you Jane Goodall , for caring for all living things.
i meet her wen she visit Sudbury Ontario.
Chris Rock
Aug 10, 2011 Chris Rock rated it it was ok
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
Roots & Shoots
Aug 19, 2009 Roots & Shoots rated it it was amazing
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
May 11, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok
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
May 18, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

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 Strea
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