The Kingdom of Rarities

Dinerstein, Eric

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Kingdom of Rarities
Poses the question: What if the way we categorized the living world were reshuffled for a moment, from a system designed to inform us about evolutionary relationships among species, to one with two camps based on abundance (the Kingdom of Common species and the Kingdom of Rarities)? What new observations and connections would emerge?

Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, c2013
ISBN: 1610911962
Branch Call Number: 596 D5837k 2013
Characteristics: xiii, 295 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm


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How can a jaguar be both rare AND South America's most powerful predator?

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May 06, 2014
  • sess430 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The author, distinguished scientist at the World Wildlife Fund, describes many research expeditions to WWF's priority places (biodiverse hotspots) in Asia, South America, Africa and North America. He details what constitutes rarity and what causes it with examples of many wondrous creatures. He also makes a convincing case for the need for conservation of these beautiful, unique places and what we can do to help.


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