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.
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"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)
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
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.
I haven't read the print version - but I'm going to.
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.
Everything about Simon Vance is superb.
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.
I cannot urge you to read this enough.... there are not enough words. ;)
What a calling!
His meeting with the LRA. Also, his constant love of his beloved elephants and their love to him in return.
Yes, the Elephant Whisperer. Masterfully done.
Peter Pan is my hero, my dog is the love of my life, and I hug trees.
This book is phenomenal. Though it is about a sad subject, the last rhinos and Lawrence Anthony's determination to save them in the face of poachers, it is hopeful. It helps you believe in humankind's goodness, despite the evil. Lawrence Anthony is one of my heroes and I recommend this book to absolutely everyone.
I don't know if it is the decriptive words of the author, or the voice of the narrator, but I was totally enthralled with this book. I had read the previous book by Lawrence Anthony (The Elephant Whisperer) and was hoping that this one would measure up. It did. It is very evident that Lawrence Anthony is a "man of the animals" and his passion glows in every word. Listening to the descriptions offered, I could close my eyes and see myself walking the roads and animals tracks with this conservation warrior. My hope is that some day I will be able to visit Thula Thula and put to reality what I have only read about.
Well written and while perhaps not at "exciting" as the "Elephant Whisperer" I would recommend this book to all my friends without a second thought.
I really liked his other book "The Elephant Whisper". This one depressed me so much for the first few chapters, that I didn't want to finish it.
This book surprised me. First, it is important to note that, unlike the Elephant Whisperer, the rhinos in this book are more in the background; they are not all-pervasive and the personalities and personal stories of individual rhinos are not emphasized. Instead, it is much more a story about what happens outside the reserve, really touching on the human issues that help or hurt conservation efforts: politics, economics, social and welfare elements, war. Anthony's involvement in the Juba Peace Talks between the LRA and the Ugandan government provided a huge portion of this book, and with good reason: it emphasized the dueling roles of war and peace in conservation efforts, and also highlighted other not-so-glamorous roadblocks, like mundane paperwork and the absurdities of bureaucracy.
This book is a fitting addition to Anthony's corpus of conservation memoirs, providing new perspectives and highlighting how even the minutiae of human existence play vital roles in saving (or losing) wildlife species like the white rhino.
Goodbye, magnificent creatures.
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!
Yes, The Elephant Whisperer. He does a wonderful job. Kudos!
No, the sheer angst and frustration of the subject made me glad to take an occasional break.
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.
In this case, the narrator was spectacular. Of course, the story he told was incomparable too and filled with great imagery.
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.
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.
Communication is not the sole province of man.
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.
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