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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 12-30-13
    matthew 12-30-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

    6 of 6 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 2015
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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. ;)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    johanne 07-11-14
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    "Wow - can't get enough!"
    If you could sum up The Last Rhinos in three words, what would they be?

    What a calling!


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

    His meeting with the LRA. Also, his constant love of his beloved elephants and their love to him in return.


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

    Yes, the Elephant Whisperer. Masterfully done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy W. 05-31-15
    Nancy W. 05-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lawrence Anthony inspiration and fascination"

    He operates with no fear, and all his stories are captivating.
    I have read all 3 of his books and fully enjoyed them all. Where they could be initially thought of as too sad or violent to read, that is not the case. Lawrence inspires with his amazing heroics, wit, commitment, and ingenuity. His heartfelt and deep dedication to all that is beautiful and wild is undertaken in a matter-of-fact and intelligent way, driven by his passion for the animals. Fantastic.

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    "Dream Africa"

    Excellent book. Both the Last Rhinos and the Elephant Whisperer took me on a safari of a man's life who loved Africa. I feel like I was a part of the adventure of his life's work. The details had me dreaming Africa and I hope with the conservation work being done will allow my grand children to dream Africa.

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    Leonora Montreal, QC, Canada 04-28-15
    Leonora Montreal, QC, Canada 04-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "An incredibly courageous journey and battle"

    Lawrence Anthony's incredibly courageous fight to try to save the Northern white rhino from extinction took him far into the jungle of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to meet the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army, to whom he took his plea to protect the last known remaining specimens.

    He was recruited by the LRA to try to broker peace negotiations between the notorious terrorist rebels and the Ugandan government.

    The whole account is related against the backdrop of Lawrence Anthony's conservation work on his private game preserve, Thula Thula, and the lives and adventures of both the people and wildlife living there.

    A must read for anyone who loves the wilderness and the animals that populate it - whether in Africa or elsewhere. It also offers inspiration to all of us - to do what we can where we live - to help preserve the wild spaces where we live.

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    Suzanne Murphy 04-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous!"

    This book makes you feel you are right there in the African bush! Higjly recommend!

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    Shannon A. Cowett 04-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Peter Pan is my hero, my dog is the love of my life, and I hug trees.

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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-26-14
    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-26-14
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    "Another Triumph for Lawrence Anthony"

    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.

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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 08-08-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too depressing to finish."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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