Dinerstein is the leader of the team responsible for the recovery of the formerly endangered greater one-horned rhinoceros in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal. This book provides an account of these unique mammals and details the practical conservation strategy that was successfully applied to save them.
Foreword by George B. SchallerPart I: Vanishing Mammals, Vanishing Landscapes 1. Vanishing Mammals: The Rise and Fall of the Rhinoceroses2. Culture, Conservation, and the Demand for Rhinoceros Horn3. Vanishing Landscapes: The Flood Plain Ecosystem of ChitwanPart II: Biology of an Endangered Megaherbivore 4. Size and Sexual Dimorphism in Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros5. The Biology of an Extinction-Prone Species: Facing Demographic, Genetic, and Environmental Threats6. Life on the Flood Plain: Spacing and Ranging Behavior, Feeding Ecology, and Activity Patterns7. Male Dominance, Reproductive Success, and the "Incisor Size Hypothesis"8. Endangered Phenomena: Rhinoceros as Landscape ArchitectsPart III: The Recovery of Endangered Large Mammal Populations and their Habitats in Asia 9. Does Privately-Owned Ecotourism Support Conservation of Charismatic Megafauna?10. Making Room for Megafauna: Promoting Local Guardianship of Endangered Species and Landscape-scale Conservation11. The Recovery of Rhinoceros and Other Asian Megafauna ConclusionAppendix A: MethodsAppendix B: Measurements and other Physical Features of greater one-horned rhinoceros captured in Royal Chitwan National Park, NepalAppendix C: Demographic and Genetic DataAppendix D: Profile of Rhinoceros BehaviorAppendix E: Profile of Rhinoceros BehaviorAppendix F: Reproductive Histories of Adult female Rhinoceros
Dinerstein provides a glimmer of hope... with his success story of the conservation of the Indian or greater one-horned rhinoceros... [He] discusses the implications of this success story for conservation efforts elsewhere, and clearly rejects attempts to capture rare animals and maintain their populations by captive breeding. -- Donald R. Prothero Quarterly Review of Biology This book offers much to anyone interested in practical, how-to conservation, far-away landscapes, large and exotic-sounding mammals, biodiversity, planning,and tropical ecology... a beautifully candid account... this is the book that conservation pragmatists and cynics should read to discover why optimism about the conservation of large mammals in human-dominated landscapes is not misplaced. -- Joel Berger Conservation Biology an excellent overview of many aspects of the biology and conservation of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal. -- Samuel Zschokke Basic and Applied Ecology the book is a landmark contribution on the ecology and conservation of large mammals. -- Mark S. Boyce Ecology
Eric Dinerstein is Chief Scientist of the Conservation Science Program World Wildlife Fund U.S. based in Washington, DC. He is a respected research scientist and author of numerous journal articles.