288 pages, 250 full-colour photographs
The result of one of the largest photography projects ever undertaken, "Wild Wonders of Europe" presents an astonishing view of the continent's flora and fauna. Organized by Staffan Widstrand, Florian Mollers, and Peter Cairns, all award-winning nature journalists in their own right, this remarkable book reveals the wildlife and landscapes of all 48 European countries. From dramatic tableaus of spectacular valleys, waterfalls, and forests, to intimate views of strange and rarely seen creatures like the great bustard, the olm, and the desman, a team of 68 photographers captures the full range of animal and plant life throughout the continent.
With a focus on conservation and reintroducing vulnerable species to their natural habitats, the accompanying texts express hope for the future of European biodiversity. Part of the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010, the release of this book will coincide with travelling exhibitions, both outdoors and indoors, all over Europe.
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Photographer and author Staffan Widstrand is the Managing Director of Wild Wonders of Europe. A founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), he also co-directed the large-carnivore project Big FiveA" in Sweden, where he lives. Florian Mollers is the Communications Director of Wild Wonders of Europe. A nature photographer and writer, he is also Director of the groundbreaking city-wildlife project Wildes BerlinA" and the author of several books. He lives in Germany. Peter Cairns is the Financial Director of Wild Wonders of Europe. He is also the lead partner in the predator project Tooth and ClawA", aimed at making predators of the British Islands known to their human neighbours. He lives in Scotland.