Animal lover, researcher, caretaker and activist Jane Goodall has joined forces with co-author Marc Bekoff, a biology professor from the University of Boulder, Colorado, to illustrate the ever-growing need for modern society not only to protect the animal life on our planet, but to endear them to us as well. Concerned with the problems in the world today -- overpopulation, pollution, erosion, global warming, deforestation, etc. -- the authors sat down and made a list of what we can do to help preserve and care for the multitude of species struggling to survive in our modern world.
The ‘Ten Commandments’ of animal life conservation, if you will, are thoroughly covered and explored in this heavily researched and extremely well thought-out book. The Ten Trusts: Rejoice that we are part of the animal kingdom. Respect all life. Open our minds to animals and learn from them. Teach our children to respect and love nature. Be wise stewards of life on earth. Value and help preserve the sounds of nature. Refrain from harming life in order to learn from it. Have the courage of our convictions. Praise and help those who work for animals and the natural world. Act knowing we are not alone and life with hope.
An extensive listing of sources in the bibliography alone would keep a fast reader occupied for months, if not longer, as would the listing of applicable websites, among them: the Ark Trust at www.arktrust.com, the Born Free Foundation at www.bornfree.org.UK, and the Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care and Kids for Chimps at www.savethechimps.org.
Ms. Goodall and Mr. Bekoff utilize a warm and friendly approach to explore each topic, gently guiding and coercing the reader, if necessary, to the importance of the conservation of nature and animal life. As usual, Ms. Goodall’s passion and compassion for wildlife pours through in the words of this book, conveying love for her subject. She takes the reader upon a journey through her eyes to several continent -- Africa, Europe, and the Far East -- sharing her vast knowledge and experience not only of studying wildlife, but trying desperately to save it.
Ms. Goodall is a leader in conservation and animal rights and has authored many books, among them the New York Times bestseller Reasons for Hope. She has also penned The Chimpanzees of Gombe and In the Shadow of Man. In 2002, the secretary general of the United Nations named Ms. Goodall a "Messenger for Peace." Especially famous for her work with chimpanzees, she is also a well-known and in-demand lecturer for animal preservation and conservation throughout the world.
Her co-author, Marc Bekoff, has also authored several books, among them Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions and Heart, and is also a regional coordinator for Ms. Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, which encourages environmental awareness for youth groups, senior citizens groups and incarcerated prisoners throughout the world. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and in 2000 was awarded with the society’s Exemplar Award for his long-term efforts in recognitions of his study of animal behavior.