More about Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

More about Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds

Jim Sterba says:  Thank you for your generous review of my new book,  Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds.  I much appreciate your commending it to your readers as,  in part,  “excellent history,”  which is high praise indeed. Read more

BOOKS: Snow Leopard: Stories from the Roof of the World

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Snow Leopard:  Stories from the Roof of the World Edited by Don Hunter Univ. Press of Colorado (5589 Arapahoe Ave.,  Suite 206-C,  Boulder, CO 80303),  2012.  216 pages.  Hardcover $26.95,  e-book $21.95.

Don Hunter,  who assembled Snow Leopard:  Stories from the Roof of the World,  acknowledges inspiration and help in arranging publication from wildlife ethologist Marc Bekoff,  co-editor of the 2008 anthology Listening to Cougar. Like Listening to Cougar,  Hunter’s anthology collects first-person recollections of encounters with a seldom-seen big cat–but,  while thousands of people per year catch at least fleeting glimpses of a puma,  mere dozens see snow leopards. Read more

Animals Asia Foundation saves Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre and halts Zimbabwe/China baby elephant deal––in same week

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

HONG KONG,  HANOI,  HARARE––The Animals Asia Foundation on January 16,  2013 won a six-month battle against the ordered eviction of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre from the edge of Tam Dao National Park,  Vietnam––and just three days later won the cancellation of a controversial sale of baby elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Read more

Indonesian bear sanctuary fights closure

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Balikpapan,  East Kalimantan,  Indonesia––Sun bears,  the smallest of the bear family,  are known for their seemingly ceaseless foraging in the wild.  Yet a decade after sun bears were made the official mascots of Balikpapan,  the most affluent city in East Kalimantan,  Indonesia,  in part in appreciation of their industriousness,  chief city councilor Andi Burhanuddin Solong reportedly wants to disenfranchise them because he views them as “lazy.” Read more

Library raccoon teaches about urban wildlife

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2012:

NEW YORK CITY–The Queens Library at Baisley Park, South
Jamaica, seized the opportunity to educate New Yorkers about urban
wildlife after inadvertently acquiring a resident raccoon during
Superstorm Sandy, safely ensconced in a glass-enclosed atrium garden.
How the raccoon arrived was anyone’s guess, but staff
presumed he would leave the same way when ready. Young visitors
named him “Mr. Rocky Books,” and made a cardboard shelter for him,
placed inside the atrium by library staff, who also supplied him
with fresh food and water.

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BOOKS | Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:


Nature Wars:  The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba   Crown Publishers  (c/o Random House,  1745 Broadway,  New York,  NY 10019), 2012.  336 pages,  hardcover.  $26.00.

Born in 1943,  during the deprivations of World War II and just after the Great Depression, Jim Sterba grew up hunting in rural Michigan. Sterba considers himself a lifelong conservationist, but “conservation” in his formative years meant little more than promoting hunting practices that helped to ensure abundant “game”–albeit for people who hunted for meat, as his family did,  not just for sport,  like the European nobility who originated the conservation movement around 200 years earlier in response to the Industrial Revolution and fencing the grazing commons. Read more

Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre fights takeover attempt by zoo promoter

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.) 

HONG KONG,  HANOI–The Animals Asia Foundation is fighting an audacious scheme allegedly advanced by Tam Dao National Park director Do Dinh Tien to evict Animals Asia and 104 moon bears from the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre,  on the edge of the park,  and turn the facilities built at Animals Asia donor expense into a zoo. The Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre,  modeled on a similar site operated by Animals Asia in Chengdu,  China,  rehabilitates bears rescued from bile farms.

Exhibitors increase efforts to acquire wild-caught whales & dolphins

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

MANILA,  SINGAPORE,  TAIJI,  ATLANTA–Quezon City Regional Trial Court Judge Evangeline Marigomen on October 18,  2012 vacated a 72-hour temporary environmental protection order against exporting 25 captive dolphins from the Philippines to Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.  Quezon City Regional Trial Court first executive judge Bernelito Fernandez issued the temporary environmental protection order on October 12,  2012 at request of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society and Earth Island Institute. Read more

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