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Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams

Last Chance to See (1990)

by Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine

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"I have a terrible feeling that we are in trouble.". This book originally published in 1990 has Douglas and Mark on this journey throughout the world to show us some of the efforts being made to save endangered species from extintion. Written by Adams this book has unique style it's comical, clever, thought-provoking and at the same time informative. Not being the specialist myself, like Adams, I have the impression that although the animals and the nature have suffered from our presence and might even disappear the "human race" is the one who might end it up sooner than later. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This is a reread of a book that is somewhat dated but still interesting thanks to Douglas Adams' descriptions of the scenery, wildlife and assorted humans that he and Mark meet on their journey. My favourite chapter was the one about the kakapo, which is now my favourite bird. It is so adorable and innocent-looking. (Of course, those who followed Mark Carwardine's and Stephen Fry's update of this book will know that the kakapo can also be a bit amorous toward humans if it has been imprinted by humans from birth…) I also liked the chapter on the mountain gorillas and Douglas's thoughts on the differences and similarities between our two species.

This is worth reading if you like Douglas Adams, are interested in the recent history of animal conservation, or saw the follow-up series and want to know what things were like when the original book was written. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Feb 13, 2016 |
Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ♥

It amazes me how many people think that Douglas Adams only wrote one thing – The Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy series. But that is not true and here is one example of another gem he wrote. Last Chance to See is the true-life trip of Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine (a zoologist) as they travel the world in the hope of encountering species on the brink of extinction. Not only was it quite educational, but Adam's humor is at it's best. It is a well written book on conservation (or lack there of). In 2009 Stephen Fry would do a televised follow-up on the animals that were features in the original book.

This was an absolutely wonderful book. I enjoyed reading about the animals and the cultures. I loved Adam's humor (about his own mishaps during the trip). But even with his wit, it is a book about a very serious problem. Definitely a favorite for me for the year. And I definitely recommend it for it's subject matter alone. ( )
  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
In 1985 Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine set off in the hope of spotting the Madagascar aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur nearing extinction. The trip was a success and so the duo came back together a couple years later to seek out more animals that were verging on the brink with the idea that their travels and Adams' writing would shine a much needed spotlight on said brink.

Like the Madagascar aye aye, my encounter with Adams' Last Chance to See adventuring was a nocturnal one. In simplicity, I couldn't put it down. The spotlight shone in Adams' humor and intellect, both fleshing out the weight of their experience. That it mattered to him, moved him.

I could go on about Douglas-Adams-as-a-synonym-for-brilliancy but it's been done. What I will say is that I love reading Adams because he seems to have been gifted with the rare ability to see the world from a slightly removed angle than the rest and the even rarer ability to translate such a view to those of us unaware.

This is an important book; a swollen, dog-eared, in peril of a broken spine book. A pass-it-on book.
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  lemotamant898 | Jan 18, 2016 |
It's so cool that Adams made such an effort to see endangered species. It makes me sad to think that some of the species he saw were probably extinct by the time I read the book, though. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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This isn't at all what I expected. In 1985, by some sort of journalistic accident I was sent to Madagascar with Mark Carwardine to look for an almost extinct form of lemur called the aye-aye. None of the three of us had ever met before. I had never met Mark, Mark had never met me, and no one, apparently, had seen an aye-aye in years.
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"Very funny and moving...The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams'] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live."
Join bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant--as only Douglas Adams can be--LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth's magnificent wildlife galaxy.

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The authors provide an account of their journey around the world in search of endangered animals, including the kakapo of New Zealand, white rhinos in Zaire, and the Komodo lizard

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