Last Chance to See
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Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and po...more
The man is obviously a science writer.
His science fiction was always good. Clearly. But none of it sings like Last Chance to See. This book is a passionate, loving, critical look at the human species and the influence we've had on our planet-mates. It chronicles the decline, and impending loss, of some wonderful, charismatic vertebrates. It t...more
Our first s...more
Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine‘s book on capturing photos of nearly extinct species from around the world:
The book certainly had a very serious topic that is usually covered by explanation of the facts in a rather dry manner. I read those kinds of things anyway and take them to heart. The thing that was different for this book is that the presentation was lighter, with Douglas taking us into his head to deal with the insanity of travel, normal aberrant thoughts that we all h...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Douglas Adams has is able to keep the reader in tune with what is going on with his wonderfully sarcastic and satirical sense of humor. Through his humor, Adams is extremely informative throughout the entire book. He...more
I thought Last Chance to See was entertaining because the reader gets the point-of-vi...more
Este libro, del autor de la brillante y desopilante guia del autoestopista galáctica, es una pequeña obrita de arte, en el más contemporáneo de los sentidos. Douglas Adams es cronista de viajes y un gran narrador. Los viajes que narra aquí son visitas de cortesía a los últimos ejemplares de algunas especies en vías de extinción, en sus ambientes naturales (bastante poco confortables): el dragón de Komodo, los delfines del río Yangtzee (recientemente acabados, por cierto), y otras rarezas. El lib...more
Upon landing on Komodo in Indonesia, Doug mentions how disturbing it is to see a lizard and realize that its eye is the same size as yours. It's fine, he says, for a lion's eye to be that big,...more
In 1985 Douglas Adams was sent to Madagascar to write about the aye-aye lemur for the Observer Colour Magazine. He was accompanied by a zoologist named Mark Carwardine. Once they actually saw the rare aye-aye it encouraged Adams to go...more
Douglas Adams is one of the most amusing writers of all time, perhaps even the most amusing writer of all time; couple this with an incredible intellect and the ability to write quite well and you get a pre...more
I listened to the audio, read by Douglas himself (except for the very end which is read by Mark Carwardine), and it was brilliant. Not only does Douglas really bring each destination and trip to life, but he does so in a way that allows the reader to understand his feelings regarding these things, but without sounding judgmen...more
Adams, along with zoologist and co-author Mark Carwardine, made a series trips between 1985 and 1989 to some far-flung corners of the...more
Douglass Adams, why did you die so early?!!!
Mr. Adams was deeply fascinated with the natural world, and this love for the world around him absolutely shines through in this book, wherein Mr. Adams records his experienced traveling the world, encountering various endangered species in their natural habitat. His wonderful observational...more
In a more serious work than the books I know him for, he expresses his awe and empathy and discomfort along the way with a lot of clarity -- enough for me to empathize with him...more
In a concise little book, the author conveys the most interesting details of his trips to see several species, including the silly and sometimes alarming details of his travels, the struggles to locate the rare species in the wild, what it's like when he finally does, and how conservationists are working to protect the animals.
This book has an interesting premise: a zoologist (Mark Carwardine) and a science fiction comedy writer (Douglas Adams) travel around the world and visit endangered species. This is an ideal way for a book about nature to be set up; there's the opinion of numerous experts, and an interested layman to ask the questions that we, other interested laymen, are thinking.
The two men and their small BBC crew travel to different areas of the world in search of specific animals, from man eating lizards to...more
Douglas and Mark travel the world to visit nine animals in acute d...more
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But why do they bother? Does it really matter if the Yangtze river dolphin, or the kakapo, or the northern white rhino, or any other species live on only in scientists' notebooks?
Well, yes, it does. Every animal and plant is an integral part of its environment: even Komodo dragons have a major role to play in maintaining the ecological stability of their delicate island homes. If they disappear, so could many other species. And conservation is very much in tune with our survival. Animals and plants provide us with life-saving drugs and food, they pollinate crops and provide important ingredients or many industrial processes. Ironically, it is often not the big and beautiful creatures, but the ugly and less dramatic ones, that we need most.
Even so, the loss of a few species may seem irrelevant compared to major environmental problems such as global warming or the destruction of the ozone layer. But while nature has considerable resilience, there is a limit to how far that resilience can be stretched. No one knows how close to the limit we are getting. The darker it gets, the faster we're driving.
There is one last reason for caring, and I believe that no other is necessary. It is certainly the reason why so many people have devoted their lives to protecting the likes of rhinos, parakeets, kakapos, and dolphins. And it is simply this: the world would be a poorer, darker, lonelier place without them.”