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June 7, 2010

A Review of Jane Goodall’s new book “Back From The Edge Of The Cliff”

Filed under: Book Review — shyamala @ 7:34 am

Jane Goodall, a household name the world over, primatologist, scientist, environmentalist and humanitarian, was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart a few weeks ago. She looked elegant as always, dressed simply, wrapped in a turquoise shawl, silver blonde hair in a pony tail, she was her usual animated and radiant self. Seventy six years old and traveling three hundred days a year and looking like a million dollars, She was talking about a new book she had written with Thayne Mayard.

Jane Goodall’s new book is titled "Hope for animals and their world", how endangered species are being rescued from the brink. What a delightful note to end the decade and the year upon. The book is hopeful and optimistic, it is rousing and inspiring and I could not put down till I had read every single story of the twenty nine different species that have been saved from extinction. Each story is compelling and spellbinding and tears sprang to my eyes as the species somehow, against all odds, with the help of so many different persons and agencies and a huge streak of good luck was dragged back, away from the edge of the abyss of extinction.

Several of the stories were about species right here in the USA, in our own backyard so to speak. The California Condor became extinct in the wild in 1985. The Condor Recovery Program was established by Noel Snyder and with the help of a host of biologists, the San Diego Zoo and others breeding programs were set up in captivity, the young were prepared for release and then the mature birds were assisted in parenting and now there are one hundred and forty six condors living in the wild in California.

The story of the Red Wolf is every bit as dramatic, in 1973 the species was stated to be endangered and it was declared extinct in 1980. A Red Wolf Recovery Program was begun in 1986, from breeding in captivity, to release into the wild and assisting in their survival in the wild, it has been a slow arduous journey. By 2007 there were one hundred Red Wolves in the wild in the USA.

As for the adorable Black Footed Ferret the story of rescue and recovery is the stuff of science fiction novels. In 1974 the last one in the wild died and in 1979 the last ones in captivity died. The species was declared extinct. The Black Footed Ferret Recovery program was begun in 1991 after a few were found in the wild. Since then from breeding in captivity they have been introduced back in the North American Prairie and there are now three thousand of these creatures roaming our prairies again.
These stories are just a few of the many related in Jane Goodall’s book.

These are success stories in the USA and it is hard to resist a cheer for this country. We humans are fallible and do not always do right by one another or by the rest of the world’s creatures. When a group of people rise to the challenge and accomplish what these scientists, biologists, environmentalists and animal lovers have done it is truly witnessing a miracle. It is empowering just to hear about it and read about it. In the words of Brooke Medicine Eagle, "There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of the planet."


  1. Comment by grosir eceran belanja toko tas tanah abang — September 20, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

  2. I agree with Cathy I had no idea this was led by a volunteer! I do know the girls put tons of thguoht, time and effort into it and it shows! Natalie, thanks for pushing to get this posted in a timely way so people will know the play is coming! Your write up makes it sound like a can’t-miss event!

    Comment by Amira — October 20, 2015 @ 6:03 pm

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