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The Auk, The Dodo, and the Oryx: Vanished and Vanishing Creatures
The Auk The Dodo and the Oryx Vanished and Vanishing Creatures Author:Robert Silverberg The relentless spread of civilization has meant extinction for hundreds of the animals who shared this planet with mankind. Many more are threatened; such creatures as the grizzly bear & the trumpeter swan may be as unfamiliar to our grandchildren as the moa & the sea cow are to us. — This book tells the story of these victims of progress -- bir... more »ds & beasts who have vanished from the face of the earth in our own time. There are lively tales of voyagers who saw these strange beasts while they still flourished, & accounts of the scientific detective work that went into their identification.
Equally fascinating are the animals who have been rescued from oblivion -- preserved, like the whooping crane, by the dedicated efforts of conservationists or rediscovered after they were thought to have disappeared forever.
Robert Silverberg's absorbing & deftly written narrative has been handsomely illustrated by the distinguished artist Jacques Hnizdovsky.« less