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Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

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From world-renowned scientist Jane Goodall, as seen in the new National Geographic documentary Jane, comes an inspiring message about the future of the animal kingdom.

With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall - along with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard - shares fascinating survival stories about the Amer
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 2nd 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published August 14th 2009)
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Truth be told, although I have indeed found much of Jane Goodall’s (with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson) Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink more than a trifle repetitive at times, I also and equally do well realise that the main reason for this is of course and very much sadly that the chief causes for human-caused and human-influenced animal species endangerment and extinction are generally pretty much similar if not even often totally the s ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
I've had the huge privilege of meeting Dr. Goodall, and what an absolute honor it is to hear her gentle, divine voice again via audiobook. I'm convinced she's God's very own.

I see this book got poor reviews... possibly because readers today reject factual matter that's not entertaining. Quite sad, since Dr. Goodall has invested decades trying to convince us to save Mother Earth.

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“One of the problems I faced in writing this book is just how many admirable eff
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great
Species extinction and habitat destruction might seem like large-scale issues that we are powerless to affect, the focus of this book is to show the polar opposite is true- species recovery is only possible from the sustained, intense commitment of some people in long term, localized efforts targeting select individuals or members remaining from endangered species, in an effort to do captive breeding, assisted reproduction, soft release, tracking and monitoring, and ultimately overseeing their b ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
A book of essays interspersed with Ms. Goodall's "field notes" on conservation efforts around the globe. Each story centers on an endangered species, usually ones that are on the brink of extinction. With so much depressing news about the state of the Earth, it is was a nice change to hear hopeful stories and good news about conservation biology and the major strides made by both dedicated scientists and amateur naturalists.

There are a lot of stories - and that is the only down side (but it fee
Brian Griffith
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals
Goodall writes in a way that serves equally for zoologists or school kids. She's clearly there as a narrator, but only enough to lend her good name to the animals and animal protection activists she honors. She sounds like a Dalai Lama of the global conservation movement, able to lift hearts by her presence. The stories themselves are gritty with grim detail on the fate of animals, and each featured case involves a near brush with total extinction. The activists resort to captive breeding, preda ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
This is a good book to read if you are interested in animals or conservation. It is really a collection of small essays about different species that are labeled conservation successes, so it is not great to read straight through. The purpose of the book is to counteract the hopelessness a lot of people feel when discussing conservation. The idea is that this hopelessness stops people from acting, so Goodall decided to present some success stories, in hopes that people will see a difference can s ...more
Minyoung Lee
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Jane Goodall is my childhood hero. I grew up reading her books on her work with the chimps in Gombe. With my first paycheck, I donated to the JGI. It dawned on my one day that I have not read any of her present work and decided to check this book out... But I dare say I was rather disappointed. While Dr. Goodall's efforts in wildlife preservation is admirable, her observations with all these endangered species that she does not have firsthand exposure with or as passionate about as the chimps... ...more
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Being an environmentalist, an activist, and an animal lover I enjoyed this book. It is written so differently from other books, it felt like I was reading a series of editorials rather than a comprehensive novel. Being an academic I usually read fiction for fun and leave the serious stuff to 'work'. This was serious stuff and very educational, but it is hard to have an opinion about the ‘quality’ of the book when it is a position piece that you just generally agree with. It was not what I would ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audiobook
I listened to the audiobook.

Wow, what a moving experience listening to this was. I highly recommend anyone going into biology to read/listen to this. Goodall is an amazing human being and I'm glad she brought light to a bunch of conservation work. This was moving in so many ways. I found myself overwhelmed with both sadness and love at points. And I felt so deeply that this kind of work is what I am destined for. When I exit school, I hope to be at the forefront of a species preservation project
Freda Mans-Labianca
I love that Jane Goodall is also the narrator of the audiobook. It puts more emphasis on the story when you hear it from the horses mouth, per say.
The statistics that she read out in the story were eye openers! You hear stuff all the time, especially since Global Warming, but the stats she gives were unknown and new to me.
This book was not just about apes, as you would think being Jane Goodall, but it is about all animals, even us humans. We all need sustainable life, and this book reminds us of
Icon Books
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-science
Using her unique access to conservation programmes across the globe, one of world’s most famous animal lovers tells a unique and passionate real-life story, meeting at first-hand a vast range of animals, from Giant Pandas in China to Whooping Cranes in Texas that are being taught new migration routes, led by human devotees in flying machines.

With over 100 photographs, Jane Goodall’s book brings both new hope for the future of the animal kingdom – and a forthright call to arms to play our part
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
what could i say about this amazing book, written by an amazing woman, that would not be trite and cliche and fangirl-ish? nothing, but that it's amazing and inspirational truly far beyond what i thought it would be, or that a book could be, period. i love animals and have a vast reserve of respect and reverence for nature, and the daily news of environmental destruction is most depressing to me- in part because so few people seem to notice or care. to have a whole entire book!!! about the oppos ...more
Kim Olson
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
At a time when we're losing thousands of animal species to extinction every year, Jane Goodall offers a welcome message of optimism, backed up by stories of unsung heroes who have saved various animal species on the brink of extinction--from the giant panda, to the California condor, to the Iberian lynx.

She takes us right into the field and shows how biologists and others are saving species--some that had dwindled down to low single digits--often using some pretty inventive tactics like "marriag
Sigh, moving this to "stalled." Really enjoyed this for awhile but then it got a bit too repetitive, similar messages and methods but with different animals, and I lost interest. Too, I didn't like the segments as well when Goodall herself wasn't involved or doing the storytelling. BUT I definitely do want to revisit it sometime as there is some wonderful work being done and I like reading about it, I did love the Goodall segments (and she does have a majority of them), and I love the idea of th ...more
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jane Goodall, without a doubt, is one of the few individuals in the world today (outside of my circle of friends and family) that I admire and aspire to be like. She fills me with hope - a hope that human beings are still capable of showing compassion and empathy and that every person can make a significant difference in the world. This book describes in fascinating detail the events that have lead to the near extinction of a number of birds, animals, and/or flora/fauna...and the way that ordina ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
I love Jane Goodall. Who doesn't? So its hard not to give heaps of brownie points to someone who has in her small way changed the world. The book focuses on different projects going on throughout the planet working with endangered species of all types from birds to beetles. It highlights the main contributes for work in these areas and discusses ways that the population can get involved with protection outlets. There are lots of little mini bios in this one and I think it is a wonderful cause. T ...more
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed many of the stories in this book. Chiefly the stories about black-footed ferrets, grey wolves, and rhinos. I thought the book was was interesting; however, some parts were a little slow. I also have the audio book. Jane Goodall is the narrator and I found her a little hard to understand and listen to. (This is probably because of her age and the fact that I was running on the dreadmill.)I still enjoyed the book and I hold tremendous respect for Jane Goodall and all that she has done to ...more
Heather C.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
The idea for this book is so beautiful and optimistic. Jane Goodall recounts stories of a handful of animal species which were hopelessly close to extinction, and how they were rescued from that fate. Her writing is so simple, I think my ten year-old could make her way through this, but that is who Jane Goodall is. A single woman with a simple goal of making the world a better place. This book was very calming and happy in a flood of sad stories in the world.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED THIS BOOK! And I love Jane Goodall! This book is just a collection of stories about species of plants and animals that are near extinction. A subject like that could be truely depressing for anyone who cares about such things but this book is all about hope. it is divided into a few sections like species extinct in the wild but not in captivity, species rescued from the brink, etc. It is truely awesome. I totally recommend it.
Sonia Almeida Dias
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
It is indeed a beautiful and hopeful book. Now I have the desire to know more, and to go to the website and learn everything about all those projects mentioned there. The only remark I could make, is that some of the stories are told in a rush, as obviously there was not enough space to tell all the stories as detailed as they deserved. I highly recommend this book to everyone as it makes us look at the future in a brighter way, now that we are closing in on the 21st of December 2012. :)
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane Goodall is such an amazing and inspirational person and in this book she shares her thoughts of hope as she describes a number of succesful conservation projects that saved a species from the brink of extinction. As well as her, many scientis are passionate with animals and nature and have made constant efforts to reduce the number of exticnt species.
The book is beautifully written and it is seems that she is speaking with us and encouraging us to work towards a bright future.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Take an in depth look into some of the success stories of conservation. The history, conservation efforts, and Jane's own personal experience of each endangered animal allow you to see how important these animals are, and how much effort and dedication it takes for people to save them. Unlike many other books on the topic, this one has a general positive feel throughout. ...more
Vaiva Sapetkaitė
Goodall is one of my heroes so I am biased evaluating this book :)

I don't know a lot about conservation and exotic animals so this book was a good guide to some successes in this area. We have much more inspiring stories in the world than I would have thought. That's calming :) There are so many good and caring people who work tirelessly to save rare and disappearing species. It's so refreshing after all that bu***** we constantly see in social media or even mainstream media.

Because there are m
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book, Jane Goodall, Thane Maynard, and Gail Hudson describe the heroic efforts of different organizations and people around that Dr. Goodall knew or worked with and their work towards wildlife conservation. This book was written and published in 2009 by Hachette Book Group. I would recommend this book to people who love animals or people who look up to Jane Goodall or people who one day want to become a conservationist.
The authors of this book separated this book into several parts. In
Troy Kramer
Sometimes it's nice, amidst all the doom and gloom, to see some bits of hope for endangered species. Jane selects several stories to talk about, ranging from a rare tree in Australia (the Wollemia Pine, which I recently saw in the Australian Botanic Garden at Mt. Annam ~ it looks like a cross between a fern and a pine), to insects, to fish (the salmon of Taiwan, who knew?), to very cute and amazing stories like the black footed ferret (still endangered but with an increasing population).

Often t
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A fellow book-clubber loaned me this book, clearly knowing about my love for animals and conservation! This book was a pretty fast read, despite it's thickness. It is a collection of short essays on various species that have been dangerously close to extinction, and how they've been brought back from the edge. It's fascinating to learn about all these species that I'd never heard of before (mostly) and the factors that led to their downfall. It even led to an enlightening chat with a geneticist ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jane Goodall is a legend in her own time! Yes, a chiche, but also fitting in the double edged impression this book left on me.

First of all, this is a fantastic overview of the struggles some endangered, and even thought extinct animal (and one plant) species endured. The vignette's are brief, yet powerful in describing the endangered animals and the scientists who championed their causes, and very existence! The journey of each species can be given an entire book on their story, but the shorter
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Perhaps this book could have used a bit of editing, but, overall, it is a useful antidote to all the negative news about environmental issues. Of course, the negative stories are important and should be published. However, it's also important to remember that there are success stories as well. If we allow ourselves to believe that the situation is hopeless, we're simply providing ourselves an excuse to do nothing. This book strongly argues against such an excuse. ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book very slowly. A chapter here and there. I feel like if I had sat down and read the whole thing through novel-style it would have gotten too repetitive. It was overall a very intelligent, satisfying, and positive read. I was inspired by a few of Goodall's personal tales as well as stories of some species who almost didn't persist in their natural habitat until rescued by humans. It's really amazing to understand what it takes sometimes to rescue a species from the brink. ...more
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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace is a world-renowned ethologist and activist inspiring greater understanding and action on behalf of the natural world every single day.

Dr. Goodall is best known for groundbreaking studies of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Pa

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