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About The Rarest of the Rare The renowned author of A Natural History of the Senses takes readers in search of the "rarest of the rare, " species likely to disappear before most of us have ever seen them. Also by Diane Ackerman. Product Details.
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She reports, too, that Coleridge himself had never seen an albatross; he put the bird in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" at the suggestion of his friend William Wordsworth. Equally interesting to Ms. Ackerman are the people who study endangered creatures, and she has drawn keen portraits of them, including a Japanese ornithologist, Hiroshi Hasegawa, who has worked tirelessly to save short-tailed albatrosses from extinction they were slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands in the 19th century for their feathers, which were used for quill pens, mattresses and hat plumes.
She also considers the plight of the dedicated researcher who spends years in the jungle, assiduously collecting data, and then must return home to write a dissertation, apply for scarce jobs and settle down to a "normal" life that seems alien.
The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds
One senses that Ms. Ackerman is dismayed that she must live on the earth as a human being and not as, say, a bombardier beetle: "Part of the irony of environmentalism is questing for solutions when you know you're part of the problem. Books Creature Features. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.
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