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This book is one man s opinion and ideas surrounding natural history and wildlife conservation covering widely isparate topics from trophy hunting to poaching taxonomy and the history and practice of conservation and wildlife conservation covering widely Hunter Killer (Pike Logan disparate topics from trophy hunting to poaching taxonomy and the history and practice of conservation oh there is the uest to find the few pieces of skull of the only specimen of the Somali golden mole ever to have been collected but that is only an excuse to launch into lengthyiscussions of the aforementioned topics To say the book lacks focus is a huge understatement I found it to be rambling and irectionless going off on various subjects seemingly at random The reader will likely find a few of these interesting enough if encountered for the first time such as the history of big game and ivory hunting in Africa or how community run nature conservancies work in practice As a whole though it was tough slogging through the long chapters with no ultimate conclusion other than the author s final pilgrimage to a museum in Italy to meet the titular subject Like a lot of books hung on a hook in this case the author s search for a species of mole only known from a couple of bits of bone in an owl pellet there is

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vague sense that the thing isn t uite a cohesive whole nor a collection of linked essays There are some splendid gems like the beeswax eating bird whose stomach enzymes break own tuberculosis but sadly what will linger is the howl of The Friend Zone despair against a world in which species are being wiped out by mankind s seething stupidity I really liked this book I loved Richard s historical look at how naturalists perceived the natural world around them and how they interacted with it From Victorian animal collecting to presentay poaching Girling surveys the contradictory human instincts toward exploitation and preservation of mammals The book is rather scattered with too little about the actual uest for the mole but the message about species extinction. This story is a uest for an animal so rare that a sighting has never been recordedThe Somali golden mole was first escribed in 1964 but the sole evidence for its existence is a tiny fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet Intrigued by this elusive crea. .
The Hunt for the Golden MoleGns to save the iconic and usually large creatures such as elephants and whales But Girling argues that everything from the tiniest shrew or creatures such as elephants and whales But Girling argues that everything from the tiniest shrew or is eually as importantHis book starts off with a mission to find out about the Somali Golden Mole This creature s very existence is to be found purely own to a fragment of jawbone found in an owl pelletGirling is a Wonderful Story Teller With A Passionate Belief story teller with a passionate belief the importance of every living thing however big or small His voice remains steady until we reach the chapter on ivory a chapter that made me want to weep He apologises at the end I m afraid that my voice in this chapter may have become somewhat shrill This book made a huge impact on me I finish some books and instantly forget them as I move onto the next But this one will stay with me I suspected that this would not be terribly scientific and I was right It was interesting but felt repetitive at times It took me a long time to finish this partly because it just felt like pages upon pages of the same points reiterated The Alpha (Shifters, descriptions of Ol Pejeta were great though and it is obvious that the author cares a lot for wildlife and its conservation That being said this is much a layman s book though I hate that term than an academic science y one While this book makes some very good points I was really hoping for something that focused on living golden moles and other animals rather than the history of killing animals for science However books that bring awareness to little known animals such as golden moles are generally helpful in their conservation so I would still recommend this I really enjoyed the author s writing style it felt like I was along for the rideown a rabbit hole He provided a fascinating history of collecting specimens for research and taxonomy and managed to condense a pretty expansive way of thinking about endangered species particularly mammals. O reconsider its relationship with every other He Whalerider delves into the history of exploration and cataloguing and the tall tales of the great hunters traces theevelopment of the conservation movement and addresses central issues of extinction and biodiversity. Is powerful The Somali golden mole has never been seen in the wild except as a seen in the wild except as a bones in an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For some reason it an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For some reason it Girling s imagination becoming a symbol of rarity and fragilitySee my full review at The BookbagI would recommend The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson over this one Picked this up at the library without ever having heard of it The novel concerns the author s search For The Rare Golden the rare golden which has never been observed but parts of which had been previously found in an owl pellet More than that however the book concerns itself with the history of hunting issues of biodiversity and humanity s challenging relationship with animals I found the information interesting and it Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex did give me pause to think about the need to biodiversity in general This book read very much like an extended magazine article which makes sense because the author is a journalist Girling sescription of his search for bones of the Somali golden mole bones that were found only once in an owl pellet in 1964 makes for a powerful metaphor but his freuent lengthy Graphic Design For Everyone digressions about extinct and endangered species are far interesting and compelling A thoughtful and provocative elegy to living things 45Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going too for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few elephants tigers and possible even a rhino Ridiculous and appalling of course but it wasn t long ago that holiday snaps would feature hunters standing proudly next to their killAnd not long ago that giraffes were shot purely because their tails made good fly swishesI wouldn t classify myself as particularly animal loving but to read about the hundreds of species that are hurtling towards extinction is truly shocking Of course the public get behind campai. Ture and what it can tell us about extinction and survival Richard Girling embarks on a hunt to find the animal and its Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, discoverer an Italian professor who he thinks might still be aliveRichard's journey comes at a time when one species our own is having