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Twilight of the Angonoka Biology and Conservation of the World’s Rarest Tortoise

By: Miguel Pedrono(Author), Alison Clausen(Author)
184 pages, 180+ colour photos
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The fascinating wildlife of Madagascar is the result of millions of years of isolation of that continental island from the rest of the world. It has a unique and rich flora and fauna, the latter including the extraordinary tortoise species locally called the Angonoka. This is the most striking and best-studied of the Madagascan tortoises but, unfortunately, also has the dubious distinction of being the world's rarest and most endangered tortoise, with fewer than 220 individuals living exclusively in isolated pockets of shrub-bamboo thicket in the north-western corner of the island. This timely book provides a complete summary of the biology and conservation of the Angonoka by two knowledgeable experts in biodiversity conservation and the biology of this species. While this meticulously researched book will fulfil scientists' needs for accuracy and detail, Miguel Pedrono and Alison Clausen have maintained a personal touch that provides even the lay-reader with a realistic understanding of the ecology and conservation exigencies of this species. Through their sense of genuine conservation engagement, they systematically present the politics and realities of Angonoka conservation, and use this to showcase the challenges faced with all endangered species that lead to their imminent demise.

Contents

Introduction   1
The Natural History of the Angonoka   11
      Discovery and Systematics   11
      Species Description   15
      Geographic Range   24
      Habitat, Fire Regime and Diet   33
      Activity and Home Range   43
      Reproduction Growth, Survival and Predation   56
      Density, Population Structure and Abundance   61
Local People and the Angonoka   67
The Rise And Fall of the Angonoka   79
      Early Conservation Status   79
      Baly Bay National Park   83
      International Traffic   96
      Extractive Industry   106
      Captive-Breeding Efforts   110
      Reintroduction to the Wild   125
Conclusion   145
Acknowledgements   160
References   162
General Index   179
Scientific Index   183

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By: Miguel Pedrono(Author), Alison Clausen(Author)
184 pages, 180+ colour photos
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