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This story is a uest for an animal so rare that a sighting has never been recordedThe Somali golden mole was first described in 1964 but the sole evidence for its existence is a tiny fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet Intrigued by this elusive crea 45Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going to do for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few ele

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The Hunt for the Golden Mole

Ture and what it can tell us about extinction and survival Richard Girling embarks on a hunt to find the animal and its discoverer an Italian professor who he thinks might still be aliveRichard's journey comes at a time when one species our own is having t Picked this up at the library without ever having heard of it The novel concerns the author s search for the rare golden mole which has never been obse

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O reconsider its relationship with every other He delves into the history of exploration and cataloguing and the tall tales of the great hunters traces the development of the conservation movement and addresses central issues of extinction and biodiversity While this book makes some very good points I was really hoping for something that focused on living golden moles and other animals rather than the hi


10 thoughts on “The Hunt for the Golden Mole

  1. says:

    45Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going to do for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few elephants tigers and possible even a rhino Ridiculous and appalling of course – but it wasn’t long ago that holiday snaps would feature ‘hunters’ standing proudly next to their killAnd not long ago that giraffes were shot purely because their tails made good fly swishesI wou

  2. says:

    From Victorian animal collecting to present day poaching Girling surveys the contradictory human instincts toward exploitation and preservation of mammals The book is rather scattered with too little about the actual uest for the mole but the message about species extinction is powerful The Somali golden mole has never been seen in the wild except as a few bones in an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For

  3. says:

    This book is one man's opinion and ideas surrounding natural history and wildlife conservation covering widely disparate topics from trophy hunting to poaching taxonomy and the history and practice of conservation And oh there is the uest to find the few pieces of skull of the only specimen of the Somali golden mole ever to have been collect

  4. says:

    I suspected that this would not be terribly scientific and I was right It was interesting but felt repetitive at t

  5. says:

    Picked this up at the library without ever having heard of it The novel concerns the author's search for the rare golden mole which has never been observed but parts of which had been previously found in an owl pellet More than that however the book concerns itself with the history of hunting issues of biodiversity and humanity's challenging relationship with animals I found the information interesting and it did give

  6. says:

    Like a lot of books hung on a 'hook' in this case the author's 'search' for a species of mole only known from a couple of bits of bone in an owl pellet there is a vague sense here that the thing isn't uite a cohesive whole nor a collection of linked essays There are some splendid gems like the beeswax eating bi

  7. says:

    While this book makes some very good points I was really hoping for something that focused on living golden moles and other animals rather than the history of killing animals for science However books that bring awareness to little known animals such as golden moles are generally helpful in their conservation so

  8. says:

    Girling’s description of his search for bones of the Somali golden mole bones that were found only once in an owl pellet in 1964 makes for a powerful metaphor but his freuent lengthy digressions about extinct and endangered species are far interesting and compelling A thoughtful and provocative elegy to living things

  9. says:

    I really liked this book I loved Richard's historical look at how naturalists perceived the natural world around them and how they interacted with it Ack If anyone acted that way today they would be denounced at the minimum Didn't finish the book Didn't seem like I needed to

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed the author's writing style it felt like I was along for the ride down a rabbit hole He provided a fascinating history of collecting specimens for research and taxonomy and managed to condense a pretty expansive way of thinking about endangered species particularly mammals

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