312 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:17 Jan 2013
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The Kingdom of Rarities

Island Press

The Kingdom of Rarities presents a new context for understanding rarity and its implications, both for our understanding of how the natural world works and for what it can teach us about protecting biodiversity during a time of large-scale environmental change. Using cutting-edge science from remote outposts around the world, award-winning author Eric Dinerstein animates the key questions that scientists are asking themselves about why some species are so abundant and others not. Which species have always been rare, and which have only recently been made rare? Which should we seek to protect most?

Eric Dinerstein is Chief Scientist with the World Wildlife Fund, where he has spent the past 24 years working to save rare species globally.


1 The Uncommon Menagerie

2 The Gift of Isolation

3 A Jaguar on the Beach

4 The Firebird Suite

5 There, in the Elephant Grass

6 Scent of an Anteater

7 Invasion and Resistance

8 Ghosts of Indochina

9  Rarity Made Common

Annotated Bibliography

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