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Witness to Extinction


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Prologue 1. The Goddess of the Yangtze 2. The Amazon of the East 3. Qi Qi 4. A New Hope? 5. The Rarest Animal in the World 6. Everything Is Going to be OK 7. The Politics of Extinction 8. End Game 9. The Hunting of the Snark 10. The Golden Channel 11. So Long, and Thanks For All the Fishing 12. What Have We Learnt?

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Samuel Turvey is Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, a department of the Zoological Society of London. He is a conservation biologist with a principal interest in the history and prehistory of human-caused extinctions and in developing conservation strategies for today's threatened species. He was deeply involved with the conservation efforts surrounding the Yangtze River dolphin, and was the lead author of the 2007 paper which declared that it was probably extinct, generating tremendous international media attention.


At last someone is publicly mourning the tragic extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin. This is a highly authoritative, well written, thought-provoking and timely book. Mark Carwardine, co-author of Last Chance to See

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