Monday, October 8, 2018

Kill 'em all: Last Chance To See (video)

Interesting Facts, 8/18/18; Last Chance to See; Crystal Q., CC Liu (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

10 Most Insane Rare Animals You Won't Believe Exist
There are about 8.7 million discovered species of animals in the world with many more being discovered every day. Some of these animals are well known and we see a lot of them every day such as our domestic dogs and cats and other pets we keep as companions. But in that big list of species are animals that are so rare that some people have never seen them before, and some creatures are becoming extinct due to humans. It's surprising that some of these creatures exist at all because they are so strange. But here are the 10 rarest animals in the world for everyone's enjoyment. Let’s get started. 10. Hydromedusa Jellyfish – Deep in the Mariana Trench exists some amazing creatures never seen before by humans until recently. This jellyfish surprised marine biologists and you might notice that it looks somewhat like an alien spacecraft. 9. Sumatran Rhino – When you first see this creature, it really doesn’t resemble the rhino that everyone is familiar with such as the now extinct western black rhino, or the soon to be extinct white rhino with only two females left in the world. 8. Rafetus Turtle – Also known as the Yangtze giant softshell turtle... More
Last Chance to See
Bestselling author Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and zoologist Mark Carwardine take off around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures.

Join them as they encounter the Animal Kingdom in its stunning bea.astonishing variety, and imminent peril:
  • the giant Komodo dragon of Indonesia
  • the helpless but lovable Kakapo of New Zealand
  • the blind river dolphins of China
  • the white rhinos of Zaire
  • the rare birds of Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean.
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. 

Praise for Last Chance to See
“Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written...shows how human care can undo what human carelessness has wrought.”

—The Atlantic
“These authors don’t hesitate to present the alarming facts: More than 1,000 species of animals (and plants) become extinct every year....Perhaps Adams and Carwardine, with their witty science, will help prevent such misadventures in the future.” 
—Boston Sunday Herald
“Very funny and moving...The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams’s] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“[Adams] invites us to enter into a conspiracy of laughter and caring.”

Los Angeles Times
“Amusing...thought-provoking...Its details on the heroic efforts being made to save these animals are inspirational.”
The New York Times Book Review

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