An environmental journalist chronicles the animal conservation movement in this “informed and informative, provocative and rousing work” (The Telegraph).
“This is natural history at its funniest, most curious, enlightening and heartfelt. I couldn’t put it down. It was like going on safari with Gerald Durrell, Rachel Carson and Redmond O’ Hanlon.” —Nicholas Crane
Taking as its narrative engine the hunt for an animal that is legendarily rare, Richard Girling—named Environmental Journalist of the Years 2008 and 2009—writes an engaging and highly informative history of humankind’s interest in hunting and collecting. Through the search for the elusive Somali golden mole, he explores the development of the conservation movement, the importance of diversity in the animal kingdom, and the hard facts about extinction.
Part historical quest, part modern travelogue, The Hunt for the Golden Mole “illustrates the importance of every living creature, no matter how small, strange or rare” (The Guardian).
“Though Girling presents a sobering assessment of the state of the world’s fauna, he does so with the dramatic flair of a novelist and eye for detail of a travel journalist. The result is a page-turning, thought-provoking treatise on a desperate environmental crisis.” —Booklist
“This is a book that bursts into life from the first page.” —The Sunday Times
“That rarest of delights: a roaring book of huge importance written by a master storyteller exploring our fragile relationship with the animal kingdom.” —Sir Tim Smit