Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

Gold Rush in the Jungle: The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

Dan Drollette Jr.

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0307407047

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals
     Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a close relative of the nearly extinct Javan rhino. In an age when scientists are excited by discovering a new kind of tube worm, the thought of finding and naming a new large terrestrial mammal is astonishing, and wildlife biologists from all over the world are flocking to this dangerous region. The result is a race between preservation and destruction.

     Containing research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs, ex-Viet Cong, and the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war's end, Gold Rush in the Jungle goes deep into the valleys, hills, and hollows of Vietnam to explore the research, the international trade in endangered species, the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and the effort of a handful of biologists to save the world's rarest animals.

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Disappearing from Vietnam’s forests, at a pace that has accelerated noticeably over the past fifteen years. One of the few places where you can still hear what Jane Goodall once described as “one of the wonders of the primate world” is here, just inside the park boundary, at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC). Consisting of a five-acre semiwild, enclosed area, the center’s roughly circular central compound lies inside a larger perimeter ringed by two outer fences; from above, the series.

A successful comeback from very tiny populations, escaping the consequences of squeezing through that genetic bottleneck. Scientists are still answering what “functionally extinct” is. As the afternoon wears on, the conversation turns to the intensely personal reasons behind why individuals decide to study and save species—over and above the more rational, dry logic. Some biologists, such as E. O. Wilson, use the term “biophilia” to explain the deep, sometimes subconscious connections that.

Their distinguished visitors was “We’ve seen your animals. Where’s your restaurant? Now we want to eat exotic wild animals.” The reasons for this newly acquired taste can be complex. According to Edwin Wiek of the Wildlife Friends Foundation, a wildlife trade–monitoring network now headquartered in Thailand, the eating of rare or endangered species has become a sort of twisted status symbol in Indochina. “The fact that you can get tiger meat shows you have money. It’s illegal, it’s difficult to.

Said, citing the Mac Lake example. Even the operation of the “buffer zone” between the border of a park and its nearest city has to be examined; people often think of this area as a good halfway point to conduct “mixed use” of natural resources—that is, a region not as sacrosanct and rigidly protected as the park itself, but not a fully urbanized and developed area either. Around here, there’s about fifty thousand people living in the buffer; they collect snails, mushrooms, firewood, animals, and.

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