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Spix's Macaw : The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird [Signed by the Author]

£12.99

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Published in 2003 by the Fourth Estate.

An environmental parable for our times - the story of a beautiful blue bird meeting its nemesis at the end of the 20th-century. In December 1897 the Reverend F. G. Dutton lamented that there are so many calls on a parson's purse, that he cannot always treat himself to expensive parrots.' He was hoping to purchase a Spix's Macaw, a rare and beautiful parrot found in a remote area of Brazil. Today, the parson's search would be in vain. By the turn of the millennium only one survivor, a lone male, existed in the wild.
Spix's Macaw tells the hearbreaking story of a unique band of brilliant blue birds - who talk, fall in love, and grieve - struggling against the forces of extinction and their own desirability. By the second half of the 20th-century the birds became gram for gram more valuable than heroin; so valuable that they drew up to $40,000 on the black markets.
When, in 1990, only one was found to be living in the wild, an emergency international rescue operation was launched and an amnesty declared, allowing private collectors to come forward with their illegal birds, possible mates for the last wild Spix. In a breathtaking display of stoicism and endurance, the loneliest bird in the world had lived without a mate for fourteen years, had outwitted predators and second-guessed the poachers. But would he take to a new companion? Spix's Macaws are like humans - they can't be forced to love.
With exquisite detail, this book tells the dramatic story of the rescue operation, and of the humans whose selfishness and greed brought a beautiful species to the brink of extinction. The long, lonely flight of the last Spix's Macaw is both a love story and an environmental parable for our times.

This is a paperback edition which includes a signed personal dedication by the author.
It is in a clean condition with a small amount of creasing on the cover. The contents are in a clean condition, although the pages are a little yellowed on the edges.

Item details

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A fascinating and tragic story
Author(s):
Tony Juniper
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
12.8 cm by 19.7 cm
Edition:
Paperback Edition 2003
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1841156515
ISBN-13:
9781841156514
Number of pages:
306
Publisher:
Fourth Estate
Title:
Spix's Macaw : The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird

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Published in 2003 by the Fourth Estate.

An environmental parable for our times - the story of a beautiful blue bird meeting its nemesis at the end of the 20th-century. In December 1897 the Reverend F. G. Dutton lamented that there are so many calls on a parson's purse, that he cannot always treat himself to expensive parrots.' He was hoping to purchase a Spix's Macaw, a rare and beautiful parrot found in a remote area of Brazil. Today, the parson's search would be in vain. By the turn of the millennium only one survivor, a lone male, existed in the wild.
Spix's Macaw tells the hearbreaking story of a unique band of brilliant blue birds - who talk, fall in love, and grieve - struggling against the forces of extinction and their own desirability. By the second half of the 20th-century the birds became gram for gram more valuable than heroin; so valuable that they drew up to $40,000 on the black markets.
When, in 1990, only one was found to be living in the wild, an emergency international rescue operation was launched and an amnesty declared, allowing private collectors to come forward with their illegal birds, possible mates for the last wild Spix. In a breathtaking display of stoicism and endurance, the loneliest bird in the world had lived without a mate for fourteen years, had outwitted predators and second-guessed the poachers. But would he take to a new companion? Spix's Macaws are like humans - they can't be forced to love.
With exquisite detail, this book tells the dramatic story of the rescue operation, and of the humans whose selfishness and greed brought a beautiful species to the brink of extinction. The long, lonely flight of the last Spix's Macaw is both a love story and an environmental parable for our times.

This is a paperback edition which includes a signed personal dedication by the author.
It is in a clean condition with a small amount of creasing on the cover. The contents are in a clean condition, although the pages are a little yellowed on the edges.

Added value:
A fascinating and tragic story
Author(s):
Tony Juniper
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
12.8 cm by 19.7 cm
Edition:
Paperback Edition 2003
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1841156515
ISBN-13:
9781841156514
Number of pages:
306
Publisher:
Fourth Estate
Title:
Spix's Macaw : The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird

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