The Black Rhinos of Namibia

The Black Rhinos of Namibia

Searching for Survivors in the African Desert

Book - 2012
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From one of our most gifted writers on the natural world comes a stunning exploration of a unique landscape and the improbable and endangered animal that makes its home there.

Rick Bass first made a name for himself as a writer and seeker of rare, iconic animals, including the grizzlies and wolves of the American West. Now he's off on a new, far-flung adventure in the Namib of southwest Africa on the trail of another fascinating, vulnerable species. The black rhino is a three-thousand-pound, squinty-eyed giant that sports three-foot-long dagger horns, lives off poisonous plants, and goes for days without water.

Human intervention and cutting-edge conservation saved the rhinos--for now--from the brink of extinction brought on by poaching and war. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and savior.

In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's The Tree Where Man Was Born , Bass captures a haunting slice of Africa, especially of the "black" rhinos that glow ghostly white in the gleaming sun.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,� Boston : 2012
ISBN: 9780547055213
Branch Call Number: ANF 599.668 BASS
Characteristics: 272 p. : 22 cm


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Jun 12, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book !! Interesting how this writer tells about the wild animals that he sees and the almost encounter he has!! I wish the Library had more books from this Author Rick Bass!!

Apr 29, 2013

Very good essay on the Rhinos of Namibia, and the meditations of one our best nature writers

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