We at Beacon would like to honor World Wildlife Day, marked every year on March 3, by highlighting some of the books dedicated to various kinds of wildlife conservation. In publishing these books, we seek not only to educate the public about animals in danger, threatened, and sometimes nearer to extinction than is generally known, but also to celebrate the wonder of the natural world and to recognize those who are fighting for the future of the wild.
In Among Chimpanzees, Nancy Merrick takes us to Africa, to the early years of Jane Goodall’s work in Gombe, up to the present when her focus has shifted from research to finding ways to keep chimps and their habitats from disappearing. Blood of the Tiger takes us to China where wildlife investigator J.A. Mills uncovers farms where tigers are being raised like breeding stock, while only 3,000 tigers remain in the wild, and urges us to become part of the international fight to save wild tigers from extinction. John Shivik, in The Predator Paradox, takes us to the American West, to discover ways ranchers and urbanites alike can live in peaceful coexistence with wild predators, rather than trying to eradicate them from the landscape. Into Great Silence takes us into the world of orca whales in Prince William Sound, where Eva Saulitis has been studying them for a quarter or century—including before and after the Exxon Valdez spill. Mr. Hornaday’s War takes into the past, and introduces us to one of the fiercest and quirkiest conservationists and his War for Wildlife, with allies such as Teddy Roosevelt. In Rare Birds, Elizabeth Gehrman takes us to Bermuda, where one man rescued a species of petrel thought to be extinct. And in The Hopes of Snakes, Lisa Couturier brings us to our own backyards to celebrate the animals that have adapted to urban and suburban life.