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100 Heartbeats: A Journey to Meet Our Planet's Endangered Animals and the Heroes Working to Save Them

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It’s no secret that our planet—and the delicate web of ecosystems that comprise it—is in crisis. Environmental threats such as climate change, pollution, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of thousands of plant and animal species each day. In 100 Heartbeats, conservationist and television host Jeff Corwin provides an urgent, palpable portrait of the w
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Rodale Books
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Aug 23, 2010 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who cares for the planet we all inhabit
Jeff Corwin is one of my personal heroes because of the amazing work he does with animals, environmental education, and habitat conservation. His passion and dedication to preserving the natural animal wonders of the world for this and future generations is commendable. I love his sense of humor, his joy at what he does, and the child-like wonderment he has for all animals. He is truly someone I admire wholeheartedly.

So it's always with enthusiasm that I read his books. It was with gusto that I
I learned a lot reading this book. Frightening but true. We need some bold new strategies to save so many endangered species and there is still so much to be done.

I'm a big fan of Jeff Corwin. If you've ever seen any of his lectures, or talks, this book will remind you of that, in fact, some of the material is rehashed. This is a serious book, it isn't for kids, although my family read it aloud and everyone enjoyed it, including my 13 year old.
What shines through is Jeff's inquisitive personality, and his fascination and respect of nature. He does a fantastic job imparting the wonder of it all, and the seriousness of the threat that many species face. He
This was an awesome book. Full of information about endangered animals both struggling for existence and recovering from past problems. I liked the way this book was written. I saw that some people complained about this books layout... But I personally had no problem with the organization of this books chapters. I thought it was clever of Jeff Corwin to link the ending of each section to the next. It really brought the book together ad a whole and kept me wanting to read more.

I learned many in
Jeff Corwin gives a status report on the state of the planet's animals. It's an energetic, engaging clarion call, interspersed with his own up-close encounters with animals , though I wish he attacked the underlying causes of exploitation and the attitudes that endanger animals in the first place with more vigor. I did enjoy his political slant (hint: Republicans aren't exactly on the forefront of conservation efforts), as well as his unassuming nature and his critical acknowledgment of the "cha ...more
This book is a bit emotional and earnest, and maybe overwritten, but covers a lot of ground. The author is a herpetologist and the founder of an interactive museum and has advanced degrees in biology. The jacket says that MSNBC’s documentary, 100 Heartbeats, is based on this book. This background isn’t entirely clear from the book itself. The title refers to species and subspecies that have 100 or fewer individuals in the wild, and came from an article written by Edward O. Wilson, “Vanishing Bef ...more
Being an animal lover, naturalist, and one who wants only the best for our wild companions here on earth... this book infuriated me as well as gave me hope. Very well written and very informative, this book will always have a place on my shelf. The stories of species struggle highlighted in this book (and my copy is full of notes and highlighter marks) figuratively brought me to my knees. This is just as much a story of human cruelty and sense of entitlement as it is an informative narrative com ...more
This book was terribly frustrating for me to read. On one hand I appreciate that information like this is available to the general public and may actually be read due to Corwin's presence on television. However, the way it was written was potentially off-putting to the layman and added little to the knowledge of someone like me who has considerable knowledge in environmental biology (degree and all!) and keeps up to date on the woes of species across the globe.

I did not expect much going in, esp
Robyn Hawk
With 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species, Biologist and TV Host Jeff Corwin embarks on the journey of a lifetime. We follow him into every ecosystem on Earth to get a glimpse of some of the Earth's most endangered species. Between the behind-the-scenes stories, Corwin gives us real - meaty - discourse. Global warming, destruction of rainforest, pollution...are all covered with intelligence and facts.

100 Heartbeats refers to the subjects of the book (...and upcoming M
A great message from a very charismatic author! Jeff Corwin's stories of his animal encounters are wonderful. Some of the feelings he puts into words are really cool - emotions that come across well on the TV screen but feel much more profound in this book. He talks about a wide variety of animals in the 100 Heartbeats Club - animal species that have less than 100 living members.

Unfortunately, this book suffers from one major drawback - a lack of a consistent focus. Since the topic is constantl
Ashley Ortiz
This book was amazing!! And Jeff Corwin came to KSU to give a speech and I listened to him. He's funny, educational, and very passionate about his work. This comes across in his book as well. So basically this book talks about animals that are on the extinction list and how there are literally only 100 of them left, hence 100 heartbeats left in the world of that particular species. Now when you stop and think about that, that's pretty depressing. He talks about different conservationists that sp ...more
You see the rhino on the cover, right? That is the smallest member of the rhino family. !!

I never thought of wolves as seriously scary, because, whatever, they're like dogs, right? A pack would be bad, especially a pissed off or hungry pack, but, eh, dog. And then I saw the picture of Corwin with a gray wolf, and its head is the size of his torso. Okay. That's officially terrifying. It's kind of like the day I read that king cobras grow up to 6 feet and finally put it together that they are bigg
Apr 19, 2012 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Wonderfully insightful read addressing the state of endangered species around the world and the often unsung efforts to rectify this terrible situation.
A must read for anyone who likes, loves, or cares about animals, the environment and the world as a whole.

Corwin obviously knows his stuff when it comes to the science, but he doesn't blind the reader. I found it extremely easy and a joy to read. He explains about ecosystems and how the balance works, if people don't understand why seemingly unre
Miranda Hardy
Nov 13, 2010 Miranda Hardy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow! I read this book within one day. I knew several species were endangered, but I didn't know the impact this had on our environment. I connected with this book in a way it's difficult to relay in words. As my readers know, I love taking nature pictures, and Jeff Corwin talked about the Florida Panther as well as the American Alligator, which hit home. I didn't realize the substantial impact Global Warming, pollution and poaching all play with the decline of some animal species. In the back of ...more
In many respects, this book is nothing special. The writing is competent but not awesome, the organization feels a bit haphazard, and Corwin can be a bit of a cheeseball at times. It's a decent effort, but nothing to write home to Mama about.

But the content of this book is so important that ultimately, it outshines its mediocre packaging. It introduces us to dozens upon dozens of endangered and extinct animals, cuddly, ordinary, and gross. Corwin also goes into detail about the wide variety of m
This book is a neat and quick primer on the ways animals became extinct(natural climate change or over-hunting) and are becoming extinct(human caused climate change and over-hunting).

How could I give 2 stars to a book on endangered animals? Well, I don't blame the animals for this. After all, they are the highlight and the heart of a book with a purpose to give voice to endangered species and the different ways in which it happens. If you can think of it, it's pretty much happening.

So, my beef i
In 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin tells of his amazing encounters with animals. The purpose of the book is to emphasize how many species of endangered animals there are, and that this is the case not just because of nature. He talks about endangered animals that only have 100 of their kind left such as rhinoceros and the Florida panther. The book's main focus is the danger that these animals are in.

I like how passionate Jeff Corwin is about animals. He is a very educated and experienced man that k
This is the kind of book someone like me probably shouldn't read, for it makes me want to take another trip to a distant country to see these various endangered animals up close and help protect them. Jeff Corwin does an excellent job of bringing the horrible truths of deforestation, poaching and the black market to the public's attention. A lot of the facts and statistics in this book I have read before, but Corwin's own personal stories and experiences make them even more powerful.

We need boo
Amy Bailey
I love Jeff Corwin. While Steve Irwin was out there (albeit trying to save the animals) being invasive, Jeff Corwin has been in the background, a true naturalist, fighting for those who don't have a voice. I've seen him speak in real life and even got my picture taken with him. However, I happen to be mid-squat ready to sit down next to him when the picture was snapped, so I look like a complete buffoon. But it was worth it, anyway.

This book made me cry and even made me laugh in a couple of par
I've always liked Jeff Corwin, he's got a great personality for TV and years ago I used to tune into his shows on Animal Planet just to see how excited he'd get about the animals he found. Now he's focusing on animals whose species have fewer than 100 hearts beating in the world. He writes about extinct species (many more than you'd imagine in recent years), species who have made great recoveries, and species in dire need of help. I liked the book, I learned a lot and decided that I'd better go ...more
Sean Hopkins
This book is very informative and reveals the challenges ahead of trying to avoid the extinction of thousands of animal species that inhabit our plant and have survived for millions of years. The effort being made to avoid extinctions are incredible but may not be enough given continued population growth and loss of habitat. The story of the quick extinction of passenger pigeons [3 to 5 billion birds to zero from approximately 1700 to 1900:] is a reminder of how quickly a species that seems to b ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
This book explored the many problems facing endangered species around the world and it did so in an interesting and engaging way (depending on who wrote the literature it can be a dry subject)! I read it in a little over a day-great read!
Christina McClory
If you love animals and the welfare of ALL animals, you'll love this book. If you love learning the history of an species or how that species became extinct, near extinct and saved or how it is becoming endangered and how/ why, you'll love this book. If you love learning about the world's 'global warming', people's 'ignorance towards wildlife' in all aspects or just about facts from history that have shaped this world today, you'll love this book! Something for everyone to take away from 100 Hea ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Lara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lara by: Megan Spooner
This book is basically a brief overview of species that are currently endangered, that were endangered in the past, or that are now extinct. It also includes descriptions of some of Corwin's personal experiences with many of these animals, as well as photographs. While there are a lot of facts and numbers given, I felt like I was still left wanting more details on just about everything; I kind of think he just tried to cover too much ground with this, and as a result, it doesn't have a whole lot ...more
So very sad to read about all the terrible things we have done to animals. I read it because of Jeff Corwin's passion for the animals.
Other than discrepancies between what he said in a lecture at the Georgia Aquarium and what the book said, I really liked this book. In person he said that it was a different relative in the opening story. In person he said that a bird died, the one that he saw that was alone and being protected because it was the last of its species. In the book, the bird is one of the last remaining ones within its species instead of the last one; also, in the book the bird lives. Makes me wonder if Jeff reall ...more
With global warming, clear-cutting and other horrors of self-destruction dominating our news, this book details the end result of such unnecessary behaviors by exposing readers to many of the creatures victimized by these activities.
Naturalist/conservationist Jeff Corwin, with his obvious passion for animals, takes us on a journey around the world that connects us to like-minded individuals and their efforts to protect the environment as well as endangered species; and how the crucial loss of th
Corwin summarizes and highlights the plight of many of the earth's species. The extinction of so many species is tragic and it's terrifying to think that humans are working at warp speed to destroy what's left. Corwin points out the importance of biodiversity to human life as well as some of the ethical concerns and obstacles involved in conservation.
This is an engaging read about the impacts humans have on wildlife as told through case studies of particular species. It has simplistic writing, so almost anyone can read it. The format of the book is that each chapter focuses on one problem, such as disease or climate change, and tells short stories (~2-3 pages) of a particular species that exemplifies that problem. The case studies are interesting and filled with Corwin's real life experiences with them. A great read for any animal lover.
I really wanted to love this book because I love Jeff corwin and everything he stands for. His message is great and I believe the book to be well researched, but... It was pretty boring. I love stories, this is a book of facts. Pictures may have helped, and for heavens sake with all those facts and stats he could have thrown in some slick pie charts and graphs to spice it up.

His children's books ( full of pictures AND facts) are awesome. Better luck with your next adult book, Mr. corwin!
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Wildlife biologist
Emmy-winning host

Emmy winner Jeff Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager. Animal Planet audiences best know Jeff as host of THE JEFF CORWIN EXPERIENCE, one of the most popular shows on cable television. The series reaches over 13 million viewers in the United States and is viewed in mor
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