You can meet them, forty of them in the book titled WILDLIFE HEROES: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Saving” by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken.
Scardina and Flocken capture the spirit, the challenges and the passion of these men and women who are heroically fighting the good fight to retain the biodiversity that exists on this planet.
Chicago Animal Advocacy Examiner was fortunate enough to meet Jeff Flocken when interviewing Flocken about the plight of the black rhinoceros and the controversial auctioning of a permit by the Dallas Safari club to hunt and kill one of these extremely rare beasts. This episodewill be heard in early in 2014 episode of Max A Pooch’s Awesome Animal Advocates.
Flocken, who is North American Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare(IFAW) is an articulate, knowledgeable and passionate animal advocate. In addition to his work with IFAW he also co founded the Emerging Wildlife Leaders Initiative. Jeff and IFAW are striking examples of the people and organizations devoted to organizing, informing governments, and educating the public about the work that needs to be done.
The 40 men and women featured in WILDLIFE HEROES by Scardinia and Flocken are dedicated to their work and are true heroes. These remarkable people venture far from the creature comforts of civilization, facing everyday hardship and dangers from disease and accidents in the wilderness where their work takes them. In addition, some face the threat of being killed by poachers or warring factions in the countries they are located.
Flocken and Scardinia devote six pages to each individual wildlife hero and the specific animal species with which he or she is working. These species include the iconic African animals such as lions, elephants and rhinos. They also include lesser known but not less interesting or less important species of animals including the sun bear of Southern Asia or the cotton top tamarin of Colombia, South America.
The 264 page book is colorfully formatted, divided into four main sections which are devoted to Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and a fifth section that provides information about how to help.
What this Chicago Animal Advocacy reviewer likes about WILDLIFE HEROES is the way the authors organized the six page sub-sections that discuss the work these men and women are doing. Each begins with a picture of a wildlife hero along with a picture of the species with which she or he is working. The next page includes fast facts such as the scientific name, range, population trend, etc of the species. The text is interspersed with large full color photographs of the animals in their habitat.
Chicago Animal Advocacy believes that this is a book that covers a lot of material without becoming boring, long winded, or preachy allowing the reader to capture the importance each wildlife hero is doing.
WILDLIFE HEROES is a good read for young teens and up. The subjects of the book are passionate about what they do and Chicago Animal Advocacy believes the reader will find the work these individuals are doing is inspirational.
Dr. Jane Goodall founder of the Jane Goodall Institute sums it up best when she says about WILDLIFE HEROES “The wildlife and wild places of your planet are threatened as never before and this timely book celebrates those who are struggling to save species around the world. Hopefully, after reading this book you will be inspired to do something yourself to help animals.”