Game Change, a Parade of Elephants, a Stubbornness of Rhinos and a Streak of Tigers examines the situation of three of the planet’s most enigmatic and alluring land-living animals. This is an important book that tells the alarming story of how the long-term survival of these animals is in question. They are continually threatened by poachers, international criminal networks, unscrupulous businessmen, smugglers and habitat loss.
The illicit trade in threatened species leaves few unmoved. International criminal networks smuggle wild-life products supplied by ruthless poachers to eager and careless consumers across the whole of East Asia. This trade threatens not only the long-term survival of many species, but also the ability of local communities to make a living wage from charismatic species through ecotourism and other sustainable activities.
Swedish conservationist, ecologist, and photographer Ola Jennersten has traced trade and smuggling routes from the savannahs and rainforests of Asia and Africa to markets in Thailand, Burma, China and Vietnam. The book not only targets poaching and illegal trade, it also introduces us to dedicated researchers, brave conservationists, diligent civil servants and the communities who share their lives with these imposing and often difficult neighbours. We are taken to meet the rangers who with very little recompense put their lives on the line to protect these awesome creatures from ruthless poachers and armed gangs.
240 pages generously illustrated with photos provide the reader with up-to-date information about these species, the threats they face and the organizations working to preserve them for the delight and wonder of future generations.
From the foreword by Margaret Kinnaird
In this book, Ola Jennersten takes us on an epic journey into the lives of elephants, rhinos and tigers. In highly accessible language, expertly translated from Swedish to English by Richard Vincent, he explores the myriad conservation challenges facing these animals.
Ola augments his text by going behind the scenes to interview rangers, natural resource managers and scientists. Meet ex-poachers, eco-heroes, corrupt officials and warlords that control the illicit trade in wildlife in remote areas.
Ola´s extraordinary photography deeply enriches this book and brings a level of intimacy with the elephants, rhinos and tigers and the people who strive to protect them not achieved in other books.
This book reflects a labour of love. Ola`s adventuresome streak, intelligence and profound love of nature are obvious in his work and I can imagine his passion will infect each and every reader.
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