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The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures

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When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals.
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Courtney Anthony
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
As soon as I finished The Elephant Whisperer, I began eagerly awaiting The Last Rhinos. Then, when Lawrence Anthony passed away in March, my waiting became bittersweet. I knew that this would be the last time I would get to enjoy a new book by one of my favorite conservationists.

I expected that The Last Rhinos would, like Babylon's Ark and The Elephant Whisperer, focus on Anthony's work with endangered species and the day-to-day life of his South African wildlife preserve, Thula Thula. Instead,
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Michelle
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The Last Rhinos goes far beyond a story about rhinos. Lawrence Anthony, in his attempt to stop the northern white rhinos from going extinct, finds himself as an unlikely go-between trying to stop a war that has been raging in Africa for decades. The local government and the Lord's Resistance Army (one of the most dangerous and deadly group of guerilla mercenaries in the world) are attempting peace talks but no one really expects them to pan out. The LRA turns to Anthony to try to help them achie ...more
Bridget Pitt
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man. Shows what can be achieved if someone just follows the path in front of them wherever it leads. I learnt so much - about rhinos, about Africa, about the complexities of of trying to conserve animal and human life in this magical but highly challenged continent. A must read for anyone interested in conservation or Africa, or life.
Jessica Knauss
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I hesitated to give this book a high rating because it wasn't what I was hoping for: an account of the way intrepid humans saved a bunch of rhinoceroses, filled with charming anecdotes about rhino behavior. I don't know what I was thinking when I expected that, because I know the situation for all the rhino species is unspeakably dire. Co-author Graham Spence says he thought of calling the book "Blood Horn" and that might have been a more direct approach to indicate that this book is, at least i ...more
Dlmrose
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
3+
Amanda
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, first off there wasn't a whole lot of talk about rhinos and their predicament. The vast majority of the book was about what the author went through in order to get protection for some white rhinos with the help of the Lord's Resistance Army. Now, don't get me wrong, hearing about the whole Invisible Children and LRA dilemna from a different point of view was definitely very, very interesting to me, which is why I rated the book three stars. But I was pretty disappointed that I didn't get t ...more
Michelle
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A brillant follow-on book to Lawrence Anthony's best-seller "The Elephant Whisperer."

In this book Anthony continues to share stories about the happenings at his private game reserve Thula Thula. If the reader has read his first book, the continuation of the animal tales is an easy and enjoyable one.

He also talks about the plight of rhinos in South Africa who are being poached and pushed to the brink of extinction. His mission was spurred after the loss of Heidi, a rhino at Thula Thula who they
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Lisa
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic. Just as amazing as The Elephant Whisperer. Now I desperately want to find his first book. I am so very sad to hear that Lawrence is no longer with us, but am glad his family is keeping up the fight, and I truly hope to visit Thula Thula someday.
Matthew
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any South African or anyone remotely concerned about what poachers are doing in South Africa
Darlene
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stories of the plight of disappearing species will always touch my heart. In his attempt to save the white rhinos living in the Congo, Anthony ends up helping to broker an attempted peace deal between warring factions. There are some great animal stories, and we re-visit some familiar animal friends, but most of the book was about the LRA peace struggles.

Anthony helps us see the human side of this supposed violent group. We could all learn much from the Traditional African ways both in listenin
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Pradyot
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a heartbreaking yet beautiful read. It is incredibly tragic that man-made boundaries, conflict, and mindless superstitions take such an irreplaceable toll on other species, damaging habitat and ultimately leaving behind not only a poorer planet but also one that isn't very habitable for humans themselves. Lawrence Anthony truly was a hero for his committed crusade in the cause of conservation.
Dan Carpenter
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible story. Very easy to connect with the author and the animals. I want to be a better person after reading this book, both to animals and humans.
Sharon Jones
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is truly an inspirational book and a must read for all animal lovers. Besides being focused on the fate of the Rhinos, this takes one into the heart of Africa and gives the individual a look at life from the African perspective. The insight into Mother Nature's creatures will give you pause to think and reconsider any thoughts you may have had that animals can't reason or have feelings. It is a sad state of affairs that our beautiful creatures are being eliminated from our planet when all t ...more
Diana M. Hawkins
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is the third of Anthony's books that I have read. In Babylon's Ark, he related his experience during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, when he saved the animals in the Bagdad Zoo. Then there was Elephant Whisperer, in which he describes accepting a herd of "rogue" elephants from Zimbabwe gave them a home on his private Kwazulu-Natal game reserve, Thula Thula, in South Africa. Now comes The Last Rhinos, in which he travels to the war-ravaged Congo to save the northern White Rhino from extincti
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Emily Goenner
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect much from this book, which perhaps affects my rating. And, as non-fiction, my rating isn't comparable to my fiction rating (Shadow of the Banyan). All that aside, this book was a treat, a wonderful surprise. A quick, easy read, it went beyond the conservation attempts to reveal the humanity of the hated Lord's Resistance Army. Anthony shows the reader, and reminded me, how complex issues are, that both sides of war are commit atrocities and both sides lie, cheat, follow their own ...more
Meg Orton
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lawrence Anthony was truly one of the greats! He will be missed not only because of his brilliant contribution to conservationism, but also as a genuinely wonderful human being with a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. This book is moving and full of basic truth. The rhino and many other wildlife are in severe danger, and sadly we lost one of the true great earth warriors of our time. A beautiful book that will make you cry, and smile, cry again, and then realize that through it all there ...more
Susan Holman
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not just a wonderful book about one man's efforts to save the black rhino from extinction, but his side involvement with the Lord's Resistance Army in the DRC. This part of the book really sheds light on the rebels and proves there are two sides to every story. The sad part is that the author died of a heart attack 2 years ago at age 61, so this is likely the last of his personal stories. His family now carry on with his conservation efforts at his wildlife refuge in Africa.
Dee Waite
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
An amazing story about one man's journey to save a beautiful animal from extinction. His descriptive writing brings the reader to the heart of the issues and he drives home the tremendous urgency for action in the saving of these animals. He was a courageous man, taking on communications with the dangerous rebel soldiers of the Congo. Read this beautiful and heartwarming story.
Emily Rodgers
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible read! I liked how not only did it focus on the issues of rhino poaching but other problems that have faced Africa recently - which may not have such an obvious impact on conservation. I learnt so much from reading this!!
The note at the end about Lawrence Anthony and his life's work was particularly interesting and insightful!
Kate
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Anthony's life was phenomenal! Its sometimes hard to believe you're reading a book about a person's real experiences. It was an eye-opening read that takes a tough subject and makes it entertaining but not less heart breaking.
Km
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 ... About so much more than the race to save the northern white rhino. I found it a fascinating, somewhat sympathetic look at another side of the LRA ... Who knew they advocated for a peace and African justice?!
Adrienne
Fascinating book. Made me realise just how closely the rhino problem is linked to politics. And just what a difficult problem it is to solve. Now sadly the last rhino in Mozambique have just been killed. this carnage has to stop!
Mandy
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating. An amazing perspective.
Jackie Barry-henrick
I struggled to get into this book initially but once I got into it, I could not put it down. An amazing human being!
Tracy Grant
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Brilliant, story, very thought provoking and sad.
Carolyn
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book that I couldn't put down - amazing inspirational man with a passion
Supported by a brilliant family, friends. Who could believe that one person could achieve so much ...
Donna
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable story of a remarkable man.

His success came from his ability to relate to every living being, whether government officials, tourists at his resort, natives, friends, wealthy patrons or animals. In fact, it was his ability to understand and communicate with animals that caused him to be trusted by both the rebels and the natives whom he convinced to protect wildlife on reserves because there was more economic benefit to them as tourist attractions than on their dinner plate. His motiv
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Genetic Cuckoo
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I could not have been more wrong about this book! I thought it was going to be a run-of-the-mill, save the animals type of book, just a group of people dealing with conservation of a group of rhinos (and maybe a breeding program), the same story we hear a million times in this era of extinction. Well, I’m so glad I was wrong, as this is an amazing book! It quickly becomes an adrenalin fuelled race across Africa, dealing the governments, bureaucracy and terrorist. You quickly becoming caught up i ...more
PoachingFacts
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: environmentalists, humanitarians, humanists, african politics
Another fantastic, real-life adventure by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence. Unlike thrillers found in the fiction section, The Last Rhinos dispenses with suspense and focuses on describing the full gamut of challenges faced by Anthony and his hand-picked team to save the Northern White Rhinoceroses in Garamba National Park. By reading the title the broader subject is already spoiled and those individuals that have read other memoirs by Lawrence Anthony will already be familiar with some of th ...more
Becky
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A remarkable story of a remarkable man and his quest to save magnificent animals. (particularly rhinos and elephants)

“How such incredibly powerful creatures could be so vulnerable was a crime against the universe. The tragic futility of it all was what really got me. The rhino’s brilliant million-year evolutionary effort to build up three tons of muscle, bone and horn to defend itself meant nothing in a modern technological world that didn’t care a fig about them. The fact that our grandchildren
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“How such incredibly powerful creatures could be so vulnerable was a crime against the universe. The tragic futility of it all was what really got me. The rhino’s brilliant million-year evolutionary effort to build up three tons of muscle, bone and horn to defend itself meant nothing in a modern technological world that didn’t care a fig about them. The fact that our grandchildren may never see a rhino in the wild again was a pivotal reason to continue to try and save them.” 0 likes
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