Horn of Darkness: Rhinos on the Edge

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The worlds rhinoceroses face extinction because a part of their anatomy is valued too much. Poachers hunt and slaughter them because their horns are treasured. Once an estimated 100,000 black rhinos roamed from the Sahara to the Cape of Good Hope but now less than 3% remain. In all of Africa, there is but a single infenced population numbering more than 100 individuals, in the inhospitable barrens of the Namib Desert.

The hunger for money has resulted in the deaths of more than 160 Zimbabwean poachers as they tried to kill fro the valuable horns, Few options remain to stop the deadly harvest, Although guarded sanctuaries may now be working in Kenya, elsewhere foot patrols, helicopters, and high tech solutions have been tried and most have failed. In 1989 a radical strategy has developed - cutting the horns, The rationale is simple. If a rhino has no horns, the incentive to kill it should disappear.

What has since unfolded is a biological and political drama, Carol Cunningham and Joel Berger describe their passionate quest to help conserve Africa's black rhinos. Arriving with their 19 month old daughter in the fiercely independent country of Namibia, they undertook a fascinating study to understand how horns are involved in the social lives of this charismatic species. This book blends natural history and biology, adventure and adrenaline. Africans and local attitudes. It moves beyond the typical nature study by bringing in real world components of conservation - the delicate mix of western science, politics and economics, and personal despair and hope.

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Vivid account of the struggle to stop the harvest of rhino horns. ( BBC Wildlife)

I take my hat off to the effort and energy the authors devoted to studying the rare black rhino in its last African stronghold in Namibia. It is an eloquent and revealing insight into the current life and times of field biologists in sub-Saharan Africa and does give the reader a feel for how difficult it is to collect data on a species with a reputation for bad temper. I would recommend it to anyone who dreams of studying wildlife in Africa. ( Iain Gordon, Biologist (1998) 45 (1))

The determined, gutsy couple spent 197 nights with rhinos, with 1,030 hours of observation of about 100 known individuals - a truly tremendous achievement, for which they deserve huge credit. Their book is full of variety. ( Brian Bertram, Nature, Vol. 388, 1997)

This book blends natural history, biology and adventure, giving an insight into Africans and local attitudes. It moves beyond the typical nature study by bringing in real world components of conservations, the delicate mix of western science, politics and economics. ( Ethology, Ecology & Evolution 10:1998)

'... an entertaining tale of adventures on safari, plus the frustrations of being wildlife scientists, this book is for you ' The Times Higher Education Supplement

' This book is every bit as good as 'Out of Africa' but alot more good ecology in it' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

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Carol Cunningham works in the Department of Environmental and Resource Studies at the University of Nevada. Joel Berger works in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at the University of Nevada.

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Hardcover. 256 pages. Dimensions: 9.4in. x 6.4in. x 0.9in.The black rhino is natures tank, feared by all animals. Even lions will break off a hunt to detour around one. And yet the black rhino is on the edge of extinction, its numbers dwindling from 100, 000 at the turn of the century, to less than 2, 500 today. The reason is that in places like Yemen, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, the rhinos horn is more valuable than gold, so valuable that people will risk their lives to harvest it. To deter rhino poachers, African governments have spent millions--on helicopters, paramilitary operations, fences and guard dogs, even relocation to protected areas. Finally, Namibia decided to dehorn its rhino population, in a last ditch effort to stop the slaughter. In 1991, Carol Cunningham and Joel Berger, and their eighteen-month-old daughter Sonja, went to Namibia to weigh the effects of dehorning on rhinos. In Horn of Darkness, they tell the story of three years in the Namib Desert, studying Africas last sizable population of free-roaming black rhinos. This is the closest most readers will come to experiencing life in the remaining wilds of Africa. Cunningham and Berger, writing alternate chapters, capture what it is like to leave the comforts of civilization, to camp for months at a time in a land filled with deadly predators, to study an animal that is reclusive, unpredictable, and highly dangerous. The authors describe staking out water holes in the dead of the night, creeping to within twenty-seven meters of rhinos to photograph them, all the while keeping a lookout for hyenas, elephants, and lions. They recount many heart-pounding escapes--one rhino forces Carol Cunningham up a tree, an unseen lion in hot pursuit of hyenas races right past a frozen Joel Berger--and capture the adrenaline rush of inching closer to a rhino that might flee--or charge--at any moment. They also give readers a clear sense of the careful, patient work involved in studying animals, the frustration of long days without finding rhinos or seeing other people, coping with heat and thirst (the Namib desert is one of the driest on Earth), with dirt and insects, driving hundreds of kilometers in a Land Rover packed to capacity, slowing amassing records on one hundred individual rhinos over the course of several years. And perhaps most important, the authors reveal that the data they collected suggests that the dehorning project might backfire--that in the four years after dehorning began, calf survival was down (the evidence suggests that hyenas might be preying on calves and the hornless mothers couldnt defend their offspring). They also describe the dark side of scientific work, from the petty jealousy of other scientists--outside researchers were often seen as ecological imperialists--to the controversy that erupted after the authors published their findings, as furious officials of the Namibian conservation program denounced their findings and through delays and other tactics effectively withheld a permit to allow the couple to continue their study. Weaving together the historical accounts of other naturalists, a vividly detailed look at life in the wild, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of scientific work and the dark side of the conservation movement, Horn of Darkness is destined to be a classic work on the natural world. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Hardcover. Codice libro della libreria 9780195111132

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