The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great & Small and Why They Matter

The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great & Small and Why They Matter

Richard Girling

Taking as its narrative engine the search for an animal that's legendarily infrequent, Richard Girling writes a fascinating and hugely informative background of humankind’s curiosity in looking and gathering – what activates us to do that? what stable may possibly come of our have to catalog all of the residing issues of the traditional world?

Girling, named Environmental Journalist of the Years 2008 and 2009, has the following chronicled – throughout the hunt for the Somali golden mole – the improvement of the conservation stream, the significance of variety within the animal nation, together with humankind inside of this realm, in addition to a troublesome examine extinction.

The Somali mole of the identify, first descibed in print in a textual content publication released in 1964, had as sole facts of its lifestyles merely the fragment of a jaw bone present in an owl pellet, a specimen that looked as if it would have vanished as Girling started his exploration. Intrigued via the elusiveness of this creature and what the quest for the evidence of its life may possibly let us know approximately extinction, he was once attracted to the dusty vaults of museums of typical background the place the main infrequent artifacts are saved and catalogued, as he stumbled on himself stuck up within the have to music it down.

Part quest, half travelog, the booklet that effects not just bargains a huge voice to the medical debate approximately extinction and biodiversity it turns into an environmental name to arms.

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