Download The Last Panda Free Books - Read Books

Download The Last Panda Free Books



University of Chicago Press

English - 350 pages - ISBN-10: 0226736288 - ISBN-13: 9780226736280

5/5 by 106 votes

Subscribe NowFree

Get FREE 30 Days by Clicking The Button Below!


Unlimited Books, All In One Place. FREE To Try For 30 Days. Subscribe To Read Or Download. Start Your FREE Month Now!

Today only about 1,000 giant pandas survive in the wild. Dependent on a shrinking supply of bamboo on the one hand, and threatened by human greed and indifference on the other, the panda is at extreme risk. As recently reported in Time, a live panda can bring $112,000 on the Chinese black market. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, black marketeers charge buyers $10,000 or more for a panda pelt. At the same time, Western zoos pay millions to rent the ever-popular pandas for exhibit. Because the panda has become a lucrative commodity, protecting it in the wild seems a near impossible task. George Schaller and his Chinese colleagues were the first to make a detailed study of pandas in the wild. This book recounts their groundbreaking research on the panda in its dwindling native habitat and in the midst of political problems as troubling as any natural threat. Schaller forces us to confront the question: Can this extraordinary creature, survivor of countless threats from nature, survive its own popularity? In 1980, Schaller went into the mountains of Sichuan province to study the panda - a species considered a national treasure in China - on behalf of the Chinese government and the World Wildlife Fund. For over four and a half years, he and his wife, Kay, lived in the forests of the Wolong panda reserve, monitoring the lives of the pandas, recording their travels, fights, courtships, and deaths. In fog and rain and snow, over steep mountains, they tracked not only pandas but also such rare creatures as golden monkeys, red pandas, and takins. This is the story of the Schallers' remarkable journey - told with the evocative power that is George Schaller's gift. But The Last Panda is more thansuperb natural history. It is a frank, disturbing account of good intentions gone dangerously wrong; of pandas left unprotected from poaching; of deadly traps set by poor villagers hunting within nature preserves; of the greed that drives the rent-a-panda programs; of simple bureaucratic bungling; and of the economic and political pressures that distort the priorities of international conservation efforts. The panda, Schaller tells us, can survive. A realistic plan to save the species does exist. It is his hope that The Last Panda, so urgent and eloquent in its description of the mysterious denizens of China's bamboo forests, will awaken the compassion that must save the panda from extinction.


How it works:

    1. Register a FREE 1 month Trial Account.
    2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use).
    3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.



Demotte Mercado

Could not let the book down Sure not a literary master piece, but as one of the reviewers stated, it will keep you turning the pages.

Michael Thompson

Nice It has a nice story about how to always let go the past and fall in love.

Kelly Johnson

Enjoyed the whole book can't wait to read the whole series.


Recent Books

Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1
Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1
Joe Kelly
The Webbed Wonder and the Merc with a Mouth are teaming up for their first series EVER! It's action, adventure and just a smattering of...
Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-By-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
Repotting Harry Potter: A Professor's Book-By-Book Guide for the Serious Re-Reader
James W. Thomas
A professor of literature for over thirty years, Dr. James W. Thomas takes us on a tour through the Potter books in order to enjoy them in different...
Oscillatory Integrals and Phenomena Beyond all Algebraic Orders
Oscillatory Integrals and Phenomena Beyond all Algebraic Orders
Eric Lombardi
During the last two decades, in several branches of science (water waves, crystal growth, travelling waves in one dimensional lattices, splitting of...
Uma teoria sobre Socialismo e Capitalismo
Uma teoria sobre Socialismo e Capitalismo
Hans-Hermann Hoppe
O professor Hoppe apresenta a tese de que só é possível existir dois arquétipos econômicos: socialismo e capitalismo. Todos os outros sistemas...
The Women of Hammer Horror
The Women of Hammer Horror
Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter
The Hammer studio is best known for its horror film output from the mid–1950s through the 1970s. This book provides facts about the hundreds of...
The Power of Character
The Power of Character
Michael S. Josephson
Essays about character from 41 of the country's most distinguished, interesting and accomplished citizens, including CBS's Dan Rather; Harvard's Alan...
Best Practices in Software Measurement
Best Practices in Software Measurement
Christof Ebert
Not everything that counts can be counted. Not everything that is counted counts. Albert Einstein This is a book about software measurement from the...
Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
Warrior of Rome I: Fire in the East
Harry Sidebottom
Warrior of Rome is an epic of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and most of all, a story of brutal bloody warfare. The year is AD 255 - the Roman...
Daniel M. Rosen
Since the dawn of athletic competition during the original Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, athletes, as well as their coaches and trainers, have...
Awaken Me Darkly
Awaken Me Darkly
Gena Showalter
RIDDING THE WORLD OF EVIL, ONE ALIEN AT A TIME. In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police...