100 Under 100

100 Under 100

The Race to Save the World's Rarest Living Things

Book - 2012
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Scientists estimate that the total biodiversity on Earth is between 10 million and 100 million species. Of these, just over 1.6 million and counting have actually been catalogued and described. One percent, or 16,306, of those species are threatened with extinction, about one-fifth of them critically. Of this group, some have vanishingly small populations in the double or single digits. A few species, including the Pinta Island giant tortoise and the Yangtze giant softshell turtle, sit squarely on the border of extinction in the wild with a population of one.

In 100 Under 100, Scott Leslie tells the fascinating stories of species in far-flung places nobody ever hears about, like the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the Gorgan mountain salamander or the Irrawaddy river shark. Closer to home are the Vancouver Island marmot, the Wyoming toad and the Devil's Hole pupfish. Leslie also tells stories of hopeful progress, as some of the rarest of the rare are back from the brink of extinction through the dedicated efforts of people around the world.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2012
ISBN: 9781443404280
Branch Call Number: 333.9542 LES NVD
Characteristics: xiv, 300 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (mostly col.) ; 23 cm


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forbesrachel Apr 22, 2013

The author starts off with a very good point, as much as we would despair at the lose of a famous piece of art or historical building, we could recreate a copy of these treasures. Natural treasures, once gone, are gone. After the introduction the first thing that hits you is the list. A list of each species talked about in the book, and how many there are approximately; the very first animal, the Alabama Sturgeon with a population of two. Reality hits hard with this number. There are success stories, but one can only think there is no way this species will be around longer. Without the success stories, this would be a very depressing read; and it is encouraging to hear how many people are trying to save these species. Included are some beautiful pictures of some of the animals mentioned.

Sep 07, 2012

This book about the rarest living things on the planet will stay with you.

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