One Hundred Animals We Can't Afford to Lose
Publication Date: October 26, 2000
Illustrated by Alan Marks
Everyone has heard of the polar bear and a cheetah, but what about a Malaysian tapir or a Kerry slug? In this spirited, evocative book, Simon Barnes, wildlife journalist and explorer, presents us with a challenging, at times highly emotive, account of 100 animals threatened by extinction and in need of human help as we enter the new millennium. Each chapter presents us afresh with the knock on effect of the animal’s likely disappearance: how the future of the plant itself ultimately depends on the creatures that live on it. By no means a catalogue of disaster, it tells us what can be done to save them.
Planet Zoo is a celebration of the wonderful diversity of the animal world, introducing us to some birds and beasts that few of us may be aware of but which still have an important part to play in the fight for survival. Simon Barnes’s text is captivating, personal and passionate, while Alan Mark’s beautiful, detailed watercolours make this a spectacular book to look at. With a list of useful contact addresses at the end, this is by no means a swansong, but just the beginning…