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

By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence

The inspiring actual tale of "the Indiana Jones of conservation." ―The father or mother (UK)

When Lawrence Anthony, writer of The Elephant Whisperer, cared for not just elephants yet different forms of natural world, together with rhinos, on his nature reserve. So while he realized that there have been just a handful of northern white rhinos left within the wild, residing in a space of the Congo managed through the notorious Lord's Resistance military, he was resolute to save lots of them from extinction. If the area misplaced this subspecies of rhinoceros, it might be the biggest land mammal because the woolly enormous to head extinct, a tragedy if you care in regards to the world's endangered species.

What was once a rare experience, as Anthony headed into the jungle to invite the rebels to assist defend the rhino. occasionally humorous, occasionally relocating, and regularly exciting, The final Rhinos tells the tale of his struggle to avoid wasting those impressive creatures.

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