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100 Heartbeats: A Journey to Meet Our Planet's Endangered Animals and the Heroes Working to Save Them

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It’s no secret that our planet—and the delicate web of ecosystems that comprise it—is in crisis. Environmental threats such as climate change, pollution, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of thousands of plant and animal species each day. In 100 Heartbeats, conservationist and television host Jeff Corwin provides an urgent, palpable portrait of the w
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Rodale Books
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Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who cares for the planet we all inhabit
Jeff Corwin is one of my personal heroes because of the amazing work he does with animals, environmental education, and habitat conservation. His passion and dedication to preserving the natural animal wonders of the world for this and future generations is commendable. I love his sense of humor, his joy at what he does, and the child-like wonderment he has for all animals. He is truly someone I admire wholeheartedly.

So it's always with enthusiasm that I read his books. It was with gusto that I
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I learned a lot reading this book. Frightening but true. We need some bold new strategies to save so many endangered species and there is still so much to be done.

Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kathrynn
This was an awesome book. Full of information about endangered animals both struggling for existence and recovering from past problems. I liked the way this book was written. I saw that some people complained about this books layout... But I personally had no problem with the organization of this books chapters. I thought it was clever of Jeff Corwin to link the ending of each section to the next. It really brought the book together ad a whole and kept me wanting to read more.

I learned many in
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"We lose resources, things we depend on, when we lose these species," he says. "They're our partners in agricultural management, in managing ecosystems. We lose food, energy, potential medicines. Not only do the species lose out, we lose out. The quality of life and living of the next generation would be put in jeopardy." - Jeff Corwin

This Book by Jeff Corwin ( animal planet guy ) simply does an amazing job at outlining the systematic threats forcing many of earth's species into
100 Heartbeats Club is what conservationists call species that are so endanger of extinction that there are less than 100 individuals left in the wild. In this book, Jeff Corwin gives the reader an overview of some of the major causes of species extinction and endangerment and provides the reader with examples and case study to illustrate the challenges. Despite the title of the book, Corwin does not focus on species that are members of the 100 Heartbeats Club, although he does mention a few. I ...more
Jeff Corwin gives a status report on the state of the planet's animals. It's an energetic, engaging clarion call, interspersed with his own up-close encounters with animals , though I wish he attacked the underlying causes of exploitation and the attitudes that endanger animals in the first place with more vigor. I did enjoy his political slant (hint: Republicans aren't exactly on the forefront of conservation efforts), as well as his unassuming nature and his critical acknowledgment of the "cha ...more
Steve Parcell
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really thought provoking, horrifying yet fascinating read.

I like Jeff a lot as he is obviously a caring guy who has devoted his life to saving as many species as he can. The story of his first encounter with a garter snake and how he showed it to his aunt was very funny as it sets the tone and nature of the book nicely.

Its a nicely written book which never becomes too preachy but informs the reader on what we are doing to our planet and its fellow inhabitants. Very good.
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
This book explored the many problems facing endangered species around the world and it did so in an interesting and engaging way (depending on who wrote the literature it can be a dry subject)! I read it in a little over a day-great read!
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So very sad to read about all the terrible things we have done to animals. I read it because of Jeff Corwin's passion for the animals.
This book was terribly frustrating for me to read. On one hand I appreciate that information like this is available to the general public and may actually be read due to Corwin's presence on television. However, the way it was written was potentially off-putting to the layman and added little to the knowledge of someone like me who has considerable knowledge in environmental biology (degree and all!) and keeps up to date on the woes of species across the globe.

I did not expect much going in, esp
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, non-fiction
I loved this book, but reading this one makes me so sad.
There are a lot of animals in grave danger, and some of those animals, I just learned by reading this book.

And to think that this book was published last 2009, 8 years have passed, and the animals are still facing the same problems 8 years ago.

Reading this book, makes me even more ashamed of all the deplorable things that we humans do, unintentionally and intentionally.
Maggie Curry
A very informative book that had an impact on me. I like how Corwin writes. It's almost conversational, and doesn't drag at all.

Favourite Quotes:
"Ironically, the only species capable of saving these animals is the same one that's responsible for putting them in danger." (Corwin on people)

"...I believe that my species doesn't have the right or option to determine the fate of other species, even ones that inspire fear in us."

"The ill-fated membership list includes the Javan rhino, the Vancouver I
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Needs more photos. Also, this is probably, slightly my problem as this book came out in 2009 and am only reading it now but. . . doesn't really seem to be talking about anything new. Except maybe the blackfoot ferret.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a bit emotional and earnest, and maybe overwritten, but covers a lot of ground. The author is a herpetologist and the founder of an interactive museum and has advanced degrees in biology. The jacket says that MSNBC’s documentary, 100 Heartbeats, is based on this book. This background isn’t entirely clear from the book itself. The title refers to species and subspecies that have 100 or fewer individuals in the wild, and came from an article written by Edward O. Wilson, “Vanishing Bef ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is a neat and quick primer on the ways animals became extinct(natural climate change or over-hunting) and are becoming extinct(human caused climate change and over-hunting).

How could I give 2 stars to a book on endangered animals? Well, I don't blame the animals for this. After all, they are the highlight and the heart of a book with a purpose to give voice to endangered species and the different ways in which it happens. If you can think of it, it's pretty much happening.

So, my beef i
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
Wonderfully insightful read addressing the state of endangered species around the world and the often unsung efforts to rectify this terrible situation.
A must read for anyone who likes, loves, or cares about animals, the environment and the world as a whole.

Corwin obviously knows his stuff when it comes to the science, but he doesn't blind the reader. I found it extremely easy and a joy to read. He explains about ecosystems and how the balance works, if people don't understand why seemingly unre
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
In many respects, this book is nothing special. The writing is competent but not awesome, the organization feels a bit haphazard, and Corwin can be a bit of a cheeseball at times. It's a decent effort, but nothing to write home to Mama about.

But the content of this book is so important that ultimately, it outshines its mediocre packaging. It introduces us to dozens upon dozens of endangered and extinct animals, cuddly, ordinary, and gross. Corwin also goes into detail about the wide variety of m
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great message from a very charismatic author! Jeff Corwin's stories of his animal encounters are wonderful. Some of the feelings he puts into words are really cool - emotions that come across well on the TV screen but feel much more profound in this book. He talks about a wide variety of animals in the 100 Heartbeats Club - animal species that have less than 100 living members.

Unfortunately, this book suffers from one major drawback - a lack of a consistent focus. Since the topic is constantl
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Being an animal lover, naturalist, and one who wants only the best for our wild companions here on earth... this book infuriated me as well as gave me hope. Very well written and very informative, this book will always have a place on my shelf. The stories of species struggle highlighted in this book (and my copy is full of notes and highlighter marks) figuratively brought me to my knees. This is just as much a story of human cruelty and sense of entitlement as it is an informative narrative com ...more
Ashley Ortiz
This book was amazing!! And Jeff Corwin came to KSU to give a speech and I listened to him. He's funny, educational, and very passionate about his work. This comes across in his book as well. So basically this book talks about animals that are on the extinction list and how there are literally only 100 of them left, hence 100 heartbeats left in the world of that particular species. Now when you stop and think about that, that's pretty depressing. He talks about different conservationists that sp ...more
Miranda Hardy
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wow! I read this book within one day. I knew several species were endangered, but I didn't know the impact this had on our environment. I connected with this book in a way it's difficult to relay in words. As my readers know, I love taking nature pictures, and Jeff Corwin talked about the Florida Panther as well as the American Alligator, which hit home. I didn't realize the substantial impact Global Warming, pollution and poaching all play with the decline of some animal species. In the back of ...more
Robyn Hawk
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
With 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species, Biologist and TV Host Jeff Corwin embarks on the journey of a lifetime. We follow him into every ecosystem on Earth to get a glimpse of some of the Earth's most endangered species. Between the behind-the-scenes stories, Corwin gives us real - meaty - discourse. Global warming, destruction of rainforest, pollution...are all covered with intelligence and facts.

100 Heartbeats refers to the subjects of the book (...and upcoming M
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
You see the rhino on the cover, right? That is the smallest member of the rhino family. !!

I never thought of wolves as seriously scary, because, whatever, they're like dogs, right? A pack would be bad, especially a pissed off or hungry pack, but, eh, dog. And then I saw the picture of Corwin with a gray wolf, and its head is the size of his torso. Okay. That's officially terrifying. It's kind of like the day I read that king cobras grow up to 6 feet and finally put it together that they are bigg
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin tells of his amazing encounters with animals. The purpose of the book is to emphasize how many species of endangered animals there are, and that this is the case not just because of nature. He talks about endangered animals that only have 100 of their kind left such as rhinoceros and the Florida panther. The book's main focus is the danger that these animals are in.

I like how passionate Jeff Corwin is about animals. He is a very educated and experienced man that k
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
This is the kind of book someone like me probably shouldn't read, for it makes me want to take another trip to a distant country to see these various endangered animals up close and help protect them. Jeff Corwin does an excellent job of bringing the horrible truths of deforestation, poaching and the black market to the public's attention. A lot of the facts and statistics in this book I have read before, but Corwin's own personal stories and experiences make them even more powerful.

We need boo
Amy Bailey
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Jeff Corwin. While Steve Irwin was out there (albeit trying to save the animals) being invasive, Jeff Corwin has been in the background, a true naturalist, fighting for those who don't have a voice. I've seen him speak in real life and even got my picture taken with him. However, I happen to be mid-squat ready to sit down next to him when the picture was snapped, so I look like a complete buffoon. But it was worth it, anyway.

This book made me cry and even made me laugh in a couple of par
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I've always liked Jeff Corwin, he's got a great personality for TV and years ago I used to tune into his shows on Animal Planet just to see how excited he'd get about the animals he found. Now he's focusing on animals whose species have fewer than 100 hearts beating in the world. He writes about extinct species (many more than you'd imagine in recent years), species who have made great recoveries, and species in dire need of help. I liked the book, I learned a lot and decided that I'd better go ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm so biased. I've loved this guy since I was a small kid and watched Animal Planet every day (and when Animal Planet was actually about animals . . . ). He always seemed so genuine and intelligent and funny, it was so easy to be drawn to him! I've watched almost every show he's hosted. I'm only upset it took me this long to get my hands on this book. :)

Everything in here makes me want try to re-achieve my dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist/conservationist. Jeff Corwin's love and passion f
Sean Hopkins
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is very informative and reveals the challenges ahead of trying to avoid the extinction of thousands of animal species that inhabit our plant and have survived for millions of years. The effort being made to avoid extinctions are incredible but may not be enough given continued population growth and loss of habitat. The story of the quick extinction of passenger pigeons [3 to 5 billion birds to zero from approximately 1700 to 1900:] is a reminder of how quickly a species that seems to b ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lara by: Megan Spooner
This book is basically a brief overview of species that are currently endangered, that were endangered in the past, or that are now extinct. It also includes descriptions of some of Corwin's personal experiences with many of these animals, as well as photographs. While there are a lot of facts and numbers given, I felt like I was still left wanting more details on just about everything; I kind of think he just tried to cover too much ground with this, and as a result, it doesn't have a whole lot ...more
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Emmy-winning host

Emmy winner Jeff Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager. Animal Planet audiences best know Jeff as host of THE JEFF CORWIN EXPERIENCE, one of the most popular shows on cable television. The series reaches over 13 million viewers in the United States and is viewed in mor
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