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The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures | [Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence]

The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures

When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals. The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them.
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When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals. The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them. The northern white rhino's last refuge was in an area controlled by the infamous Lord's Resistance Army, one of the most vicious rebel groups in the world. In the face of unmoving government bureaucracy, Anthony made a perilous journey deep into the jungle to try to find and convince them to help save the rhino. An inspiring story of conservation in the face of brutal war and bureaucratic quagmires, The Last Rhinos will move animal lovers everywhere.

©2012 Lawrence Anthony (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A riveting account by a compassionate, dedicated man." (Kirkus)

"Narrator Simon Vance is captivating as he recounts conservationist Lawrence Anthony's adventures in seeking to protect endangered animals in Africa...Vance heightens the suspense in these tense moments and is expansive in conveying Anthony's descriptions of life on his Thula Thula Reserve in South Africa and the assorted animals who live there. Anthony's dedication to conservation is admirable, and Vance vividly depicts his efforts for listeners." (AudioFile)

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    matthew san diego, CA, United States 12-30-13
    matthew san diego, CA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "A mediocre adventure"

    I had previously listened to The Elephant Whisperer last year while traveling through Sri Lanka, where I got to see Asian elephants up close. It was a very heartfelt book. Thinking The Last Rhinos would be a similar kind of book I came away somewhat disappointed. We are treated to lots of wildlife adventure, but the rhinos don't take center stage. Instead we learn all about Joseph Kony and the Lords Resistance Army in the Congo. The book descends into a very politically charged story. Later we hear a pretty decent tale of an escaped elephant and how Lawrence gets him to be an integral part of Thula Thula. There is a tragic ending that educates us about the rhinos plight, but there is more to it and I don't want to spoil the ending. This was a decent African bush adventure, and at times I felt like I was transported there. I suppose I still feel Elephant Whisperer was much better. For a really lighthearted African safari try the book Whatever You Do Don't Run, which had me in stitches. I only wish that it had been a bit longer. They mention another book called, Babylon's Ark, which I would gladly pick up, but it isn't on offer here. It was Mr. Lawrence's first book about the rescuing of animals in a zoo in Afghanistan.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Vancouver, Wa, United States 02-26-14
    Elizabeth Vancouver, Wa, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a tribute"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Rhinos to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version - but I'm going to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lawrence - of course. He is the epitomy, the father, the mentor, he is the voice for conservation and animals of all types. The planet was better with him on it - but it will forever has his spirit with it.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Everything about Simon Vance is superb.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry. I've bought Babylon's Ark and will read it next - I wish it was on Audio - but alas it is not. This book is a must read for anyone with a heart. The closing of the book felt like we lost the last great Rhino.... anyway - his books will make you want to get up and do something greater than what you're doing presently.... no matter the capacity.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot urge you to read this enough.... there are not enough words. ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Lea Evans Reno, NV United States 06-14-14
    Laura Lea Evans Reno, NV United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Rhinos the most enjoyable?

    In this case, the narrator was spectacular. Of course, the story he told was incomparable too and filled with great imagery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Rhinos?

    Toward the end, when Lawrence Anthony's encampment was visited by the Elephants. I had also seen video of this prior to buying the audiobook but still, it was so touching and beautiful. Honestly, the entire book is very memorable and one is hard pressed to single out just one instance. Suffice it to say, this very moving material.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did an incredible job of voices for the various characters. He literally brought them to life. I hated the book to end because of his special way of delivering the material.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Communication is not the sole province of man.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably listen to this audiobook again with just as much joy as the first hearing. A true test of the material and presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 03-27-14
    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 03-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Tragic, but engrossing story."
    If you could sum up The Last Rhinos in three words, what would they be?

    Goodbye, magnificent creatures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a well written, perfectly narrated story. But it is terribly sad. It is hard to face the fact that a few rich Asian men and their sexual performance issues have guaranteed the end of a unique, magnificent species. What inexcusable ignorance and vanity!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, The Elephant Whisperer. He does a wonderful job. Kudos!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, the sheer angst and frustration of the subject made me glad to take an occasional break.


    Any additional comments?

    Actually, most of this story is about Lawrence Anthony's interactions with rebel troops, whom he contacts in an attempt to save the few remaining rhinos in their territory. I did appreciate the introduction to their situation, about which I had little prior knowledge. I was depressed that in the end, after all of Mr. Lawrence's extensive efforts, no remaining rhinos were found alive in the disputed territory. Each chapter of thighs in book lead to more and more human and animal tragedy. It was hard to listen to, but seemed worthwhile nonetheless. Anthony Lawrence, God rest his soul, was a hero, and a great inspiration/example to us all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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