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Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  22 reviews
An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals.

Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Crown (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book on a subject I am particularly attached to as an aspiring wildlife biologist, and for that reason I greatly enjoyed the book. The imagery and descriptions really take you to Vietnam and give you a good picture of the setting. The author is clearly very passionate about his writing and about nature, which lends an authenticity and personal touch to the book.

This bring said, I don't think the book was particularly well-written. It seems to bounce around a lot; sometimes you are mult
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This is the first book I received from Goodreads First Reads -- what a treat! I work in conservation and research at an aquarium and I am familiar with the plight of many endangered animals, the convoluted laws that are supposed to protect them, and the controversy around rehabbing and/or keeping animals in captivity. I loved reading this firsthand account of the author discovering many of these issues. I found this book thorough and well-written, and engrossing enough to hold the layperson's in ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gold Rush in the Jungle showed me the beauty of Vietnam that was far removed from the war that engulfed my life as a kid. The book reads like a novel, but the story it tells of the ecosystems that are being lost and the species that depend on those ecosystems is far from a novel. Dan brings life to a place that is being lost as quickly as it is recognized by the Western scientists.(I refuse to use 'discovered' as if nothing exists until seen by the Western Nations) I place 'Gold Rush in the Jung ...more
May 10, 2013 marked it as to-read
Ooh! I read about this book in NewScientist!
Bill Leach
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Drollete discusses the natural history of Vietnam where a large number of new species of large animal have been found in recent years.

At the core of the book is Tilo Nadler who established the Endangered Primates Rescue Centre (EPRC) to preserve the dwindling langur populations. The centre now houses thirteen rare species. The author notes that any animals that are kept in zoos or other forms of captivity are kept out of the gene pool of the wild populations and therefore do not contribute to th
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Interesting subject matter, but really needs more focus and less repetition.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
270 pages

An inside look at the culture, the biodiversity and
history of Vietnam and it's wildlife.
Alex Telander
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is a secret in this world, a very important one that may disappear before we even know it was there. Vietnam is a nation filled with history and culture, but it is also a unique haven to some of the rarest animals on the planet; it is also one of the few places in this world where new species of fauna continue to be discovered. Gold Rush in the Jungle is the story of this most unique place.

Dan Drolette Jr. has been a quasi-naturalist; a nature and animal lover since he was a child, discove
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Name of Book: Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

Author: Dan Drollette Jr

ISBN: 978-0-307-40704-7

Publisher: Crown publisher

Year it was published: 2013


An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals.

Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western scien
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Learnt as much about Vietnam's wildlife as I did about it's people. Very informative journalism on the the Lazarus Effect; the bringing back of species on the brink of extinction. Opens your eyes to the need of wild spaces in our societies and how complicated it can be to establish a successful and well-managed conservation operation. ...more
Dan Drollette
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Obviously, I'm biased about this book!


But I thought I'd at least put in a few lines here about what led me to the topic. I was inspired to pursue this idea one day while at a university in Australia -- I was based down-under as a foreign correspondent, and "Oz" is a great jumping-off point for southeast Asia. A famous biologist pulled me aside in his campus office, pointed to a map, and said “this is where there is the unsung hero of Indochina wildlife rescue.”

Well, that's like catnip to a w
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nature
Disappointing. While the title carried much promise in uncovering the supposedly unexplored mysteries of Vietnam's wilderness, the book itself is a mishmash of conservation topics not necessarily based in this country but with entire chapters dedicated to tangential subjects like Linnaeus's binomial classification of life and the work of a field station in Hawaii. Much of the book is based around the success story of a primate rescue center in North Vietnam (EPRC) and the author's interaction wi ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from the First Reads program. This book was right up my alley. I have a degree in Animal Science and love to travel. I would have given this book 4 1/2 stars if it was possible. The story of rare and yet to be found animals in Vietnam was fascinating. I was surprised at how little I had heard or read of it before. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in science. My only small quibble with the author was a tendency to go off on tangents somewhat related to the topic ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Fascinating topic, lots of good information, so repetitious that it felt like watching an Animal Planet special on Vietnamese wildlife. This book has so much potential, and would have benefited greatly from better editing. For example, I really disliked being introduced to Alan Rabinowitz and George Schaller five different ways five times over the course of the narrative; it undermines the credibility of the reportage, and is simply annoying to boot. Gold Rush was a great idea from an adventurou ...more
Vanessa Olvera
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
This book has a great amount of information on the animals and the country itself and is not a difficult read. I had little knowledge of the situation in Vietnam, yet this book helped me understand the hardships the people who want to protect these animals have to go through and that it is not as easy as it seems to help these animals as we think it is. It is definitely a good read if you are looking for something new to read or want to learn more about Dan's experience in Vietnam. ...more
Konstantin Kirilov
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very informative, yet not hard to grasp overview of the history of wildlife exploration and conservation in Vietnam (and parts of neighboring countries). I really enjoyed the way the chapters were organized in a way that will help even people with little knowledge on the subject understand the material. If anyone knows of similar books on conservation in other countries, please do share!
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. However I didn't find the chapters fulfilling, I found no clear thread running through the book, and worst of all, the narrative doesn't deliver on the tale of the "lost world." It's like watching someone go through a video game scenario backwards. ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
If you want to learn about endangered animals and the country of Vietnam this is the book for you. It is perfect for people who don't know ANYTHING about Vietnam at all. Simple yet delightfully engrossing!

*Won from Goodreads Giveaway* Thanks!
Barbara Rathbun
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal and nature lovers, environmentalists
Recommended to Barbara by: Goodreads advance reader
Well written, well researched review of a fascinating part of the world. The advance copy I received didn't have illustrations, which encourages me to go find a copy of the published book to see what I've missed. ...more
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book it was interest in things. and it talked about Vietnam an other things. I would recommend reading it.
Rock Angel
Jun 24, 2013 marked it as i-aint-sure
location: vietnam
writing style: conversational
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting read - relevant to my upcoming journey to Vietnam
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