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The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Rain Forest

Art / Photobook

By: Ian McAllister(Author), Paul C Paquet(Introduction By), Chris Darimont(Contributor)

192 pages, colour photos, includes DVD (runtime 20 min)

University of California Press

Hardback | Oct 2007 | #175128 | ISBN-13: 9780520254732
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About this book

As if appearing in a dream, a stream of wolves emerged from the forest edge. So begins this exhilarating journey to one of the planet's most spectacular regions – Canada's North Pacific coast, our largest intact temperate Rain Forest and one of the last places where wolves live wild and undisturbed.

Award-winning writer and wildlife photographer Ian McAllister draws from his intimate observations of more than forty wolf packs along this rugged coastline over a seventeen-year period in this first-ever documentation of their fascinating, complex way of life. In a compelling narrative and more than 100 stunning photographs, McAllister captures these majestic animals fishing for salmon, stalking seals hauled out on rocks, playing on the beach, and raising their families.

The Last Wild Wolves also describes the work of scientists whose recent findings have corroborated McAllister's own observations and the traditional knowledge gleaned by First Nations people over centuries – that these wolves are genetically distinct; unlike other wolves, they subsist on coastal prey and swim from island to island in their archipelago home.

The Last Wild Wolves is a remarkable portrait of the unique lives of island wolves and an eloquent expression of just how much is at stake in their preservation.

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"A great book for anyone who enjoys the natural world and thrills at close encounters with an ancient predator."
Explorers Journal

"Ian McAllister's love for the wolves and ecosystems of Canada's North Pacific Coast runs like an invisible current beneath the surface of this book's pages."
Dallas Morning News

"An amazing collection of breathtaking images that expertly document the daily lives of these elusive animals."

"Absorbing and educational, as well as detailed and colorful."
Wildlife Activist

"More than gorgeous pictures [...] A cut above most large-format books."
Daily Press, Victorville, Ca

"An inspiring book [...] The text is a delight, both informative and elegantly and entertainingly written."
Library Journal

"This beautiful book is the first intensive study the lives of Pacific coastal wolves as well as the first photographic documentation of their lives [...] The author acclimated them to his presence and was able to photograph their behavior at sunrise and sunset. The resulting photos are often ethereal, bathed in the low, misty light so typical of this temperate rainforest [...] An absolutely wonderful book."

"The rain coast of British Columbia is one of the few wild pearls left in our natural world-where wolves and white bears stalk the foggy forests as they have for millennia. McAllister, along with Paquet and Darimont, wolf minds par excellence, live amongst the tides and teeming life of this rare, rare ecosystem."
– Douglas W. Smith, author of Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone and The Wolves of Yellowstone

"It is here, among the wildest archipelagos of coastal British Columbia, that we witness, through McAllister's exquisite photos and essays, a window into an ancient, more magical world [...] The observational detail is unparalleled."
– Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years and The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears

"Ian McAllister has had the great fortune to witness an ecosystem of incredible mystery. I am grateful to him for his efforts to help preserve this unique landscape and read with great engagement of his experiences among a nation of wolves like no others."
– Rick Bass, author of The New Wolves: The Return of the Mexican Wolf to the American Southwest and Caribou Rising: Defending the Porcupine Herd, Gwich-'in Culture, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

"This book takes you into a world few people are lucky enough to visit. The writing is vivid and engaging, and the message is compelling."
– Robert Bateman, world-renowned wildlife painter and author of Thinking Like a Mountain


6 Introduction by Paul C. Paquet
15 prologue Apex Predator
33 stealth season Spring
73 on the edge Summer
119 salmon forests Fall
147 nomads of the rain forest Winter
179 epilogue The Eyes of the Wolf
189 Acknowlegements
191 Index

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A founding director of the Raincoast Conservation Society, Ian McAllister has spent 20 years working to conserve British Columbia's temperate Rain Forest. He is the author of The Great Bear Rainforest. McAllister and his wife, Karen McAllister, were named by Time Magazine as "leaders for the twenty-first century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's Rain Forest.

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