• Beloved Beasts

  • Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction
  • By: Michelle Nijhuis
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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By: Michelle Nijhuis
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
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In the late 19th century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement's history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today's global effort to defend life on a larger scale.

She describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures in conservation history; she reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund; she explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane and the black rhinoceros; and she confronts the darker side of conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism.

As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species - including our own.

©2021 Michelle Nijhuis (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • 03-01-22

Great Overview and history

This book is exactly what I was looking for. It shares the history of conservation while providing a wide education on what balance there must be to maintain our animal population. It is well written. Well read. This is a fantastic read that I feel should be shared.

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Amazing story and details

I read quite a lot of books on the history of conservation and extinctions in America and this is by far is one of the best. Michelle does a great job of providing just enough detail to educate without so much that it grows dull. The book has an amazing overall arch and develops from one story to the next most eloquently. My most main critique would be the time spacing of the book. I enjoyed that for the most part the book is chronological but the few times there are different time periods from the latest element it is not full described