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Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
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Jul 04, 07

bookshelves: non-fiction, science
Recommended for: Any conservationally minded folk
Read in January, 1993

Author Douglas Adams is invited by a zoologist to join him on a tour of various locales where, together they will go in search of many of the rarest creatures left on the planet.

It could so easily have been a depressing exercise in viewing these animals in danger of extinction as part of a lost cause. However, Douglas brings an enthusiasm and joy to the proceedings which make the whole book much more enjoyable.

One of the highlights was where they get advice on what to do if they are bitten by a snake. They visit the pre-eminent expert in Australia in order to hear the advice:

'Don't get bitten'

Understandably they ask 'but what do we do if we are?'. To which the reply is:

'Just don't.'

The book does have a dark edge to it. These various creatures (and in one case a rare plant) are critically endangered, and even with the best will in the world many of them will probably die out. The danger is even greater now as its likely that with the drive for things like bio-ethanol will cause even more environmental degradation.

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