Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution
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If environmental destruction continues at its current rate, a third of all plants and animals could disappear by 2050-along with earth's life-support ecosystems, which provide food, water, medicine, and natural defenses against climate change.
Now Caroline Fraser offers the first definitive account of a visionary crusade to confront this crisis: rewilding. Breathtaking in scope and ambition, rewilding aims to save species by restoring habitats, reviving migration corridors, and brokering peace between people and predators. A "methodical, lyrical" (Sacramento News & Review) story of scientific discovery and grassroots action, Rewilding the World offers hope for a richer, wilder future.
million to the project, much of it invested in an endowment “that provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest a year” for the conservation area’s operating budget.23 As a result, there are now over a dozen wasp species named in honor of John Gutfreund, then chairman of Salomon Brothers, and other traders. Ironically, these parasitic wasps were known to prey on a group of spiders known as “money” spiders.24 When I met with Janzen in his disintegrating house, I asked what the difference
Borders,” p. 21. 23. “Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park: Development of the Buffer Zone of the Limpopo National Park,” Peace Parks Foundation, n.d. Web, 14 May 2009. 24. “A Park for the People?” p. 7. 25. Stephan Hofstatter, “Southern Africa: Fences Not the Only Barrier for Cross-Border Park,” Africa News, 13 Aug. 2005. Web, 23 Sept. 2005. 26. S. L. A. Ferreira, “Communities and Transfrontier Parks in the Southern African Development Community: The Case of Limpopo National Park, Mozambique,”
ecobusinesses incur significant start-up costs and may never turn a profit. They are also subject to market fluctuations, vulnerable to severe economic downturns like those caused by 9/11 and the banking collapse of 2008. For all these reasons, it seems unlikely that ecotourism can sustain conservation fully and indefinitely. Even in Costa Rica, where nature-based tourism is the second-largest industry in the country, ecotourism revenue does not pay for conservation. Leo Braack, a veteran
foot-and-mouth disease and bovine pleuropneumonia; in future, vaccines might obviate the need for fences. “At least they’re engaging in dialogue,” he pointed out. That same year, Zambia finalized its integrated development plan after a yearlong participatory process in which every community affected by KAZA was invited to submit a list of priorities.16 Participation was reportedly high, with some community groups walking for four days to Livingstone, Zambia, to submit their proposals. The
and the Gangetic dolphin. King Mahendra, who assumed the throne in 1955, was a passionate hunter and lover of wildlife, committed to conservation. Alarmed by reports that Nepal’s rhino population was dangerously low, a victim of habitat loss and poaching, he ordered the creation of an armed guard for the species, a Rhino Patrol of 130 former military men, a move that would eventually lead to Nepal’s unusual decision to defend its parks with the Royal Nepalese Army. But Mahendra’s most