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10 Inspiring Reads for Conservationists


If you only get chance to read one book this year, then I would highly recommend this:

1. The Man Who Planted Trees – Jean Giono

It’s refreshingly short (only 4000 words) and frighteningly ahead of it’s time, considering it was published in 1953. You can read my favorite part and find a full free version here. If you have a bit longer, here are some other gems. Let me know your own recommendations in the comments below.

2. The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen

3. The Wild Trees – Richard Preston

4. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins

5. Gorillas in the Mist – Dian Fossey

6. Jaguars and Electric Eels – Alexander von Humboldt

7. The Butterfly Isles – Patrick Barkham

8. The Last Grain Race – Eric Newby

9. The Greenpeace Book – Rex Weyler

10. The Bottom Billion – Paul Collier

I heard about pretty much all of these book, thank to recommendations from friends at one time or another. What would you recommend?

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  2. Georgia Marchington
    Georgia Marchington02-08-2013

    Rewilding the World – Dispatches From the Conservation Revolution. By Caroline Fraser. (Is an interesting read)

    I have also been recommended Nature Crime – How we’re getting conservation wrong. By Rosaleen Duffy. (Haven’t actually read this one myself yet though)

  3. InTheBeginningManCreatedGod-ThenTheTroubleStarted

    I have thoroughly enjoyed ‘Feral’ by George Monbiot and ‘A Sting in the Tail’ by Dave Goulson. Also any of the Gerard Durrell books are hugely inspiring for younger and older readers alike. Thanks for the other recommendations above.

  4. Jay Ghumania
    Jay Ghumania04-17-2016

    Michael McCarthy’s ‘The Moth Snowstorm’ was a great read, one of my favourite books of the last few years

  5. Cordny

    A man who pioneered nature conservation in Costa Rica


  6. Jakob

    The Song of the Dodo by David Quammen is also outstanding and definitely number one on my lis!

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