384 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations
Lawrence Anthony's South African game reserve is home to many animals he has saved, from a remarkable herd of elephants to a badly behaved bushbaby called George. Described as 'the Indiana Jones of conservation', when one of his rhinos was brutally slaughtered for her horn, he didn't hesitate to lead an armed response against the poachers. Then he learned that there were only a handful of northern white rhinos left in the wild, living in an area of the Congo controlled by the infamous Lord's Resistance Army and soon to be hunted into extinction. Lawrence knew he had to take action. What followed was an extraordinary adventure, as he headed into the jungle to negotiate with the rebels, while battling to save his own animals from terrible drought and to save the eyesight of his beloved elephant matriarch Nana. The Last Rhinos is peopled with unforgettable characters, both human and animal, and is a sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always exciting read.
“A riveting account by a compassionate, dedicated man.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“Riddled with heartfelt anecdotes, Anthony’s brave crusade to save these mammals – even at great risk to his own safety – reads like a safari adventure, a history lesson, and a warning that our careless ways will bring an end to so many magnificent species.”
- Publishers Weekly
“Anthony is a supreme storyteller and a man who certainly lived his life to the fullest. […] If you are sitting on the fence about the destruction of our natural heritage – and more specifically our rhinos – this book should push you over the edge to do something constructive about it.”
- The Mercury
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Lawrence Anthony was a highly respected conservationist and founder of The Lawrence Anthony Foundation. He was awarded the UN's Earth Day Medal for his rescue of Baghdad Zoo during the invastion of Iraq. Graham Spence is a freelance journalist and author. They are the authors of The Elephant Whisperer and Babylon's Ark.