Richard Girling: The Hunt for the Golden Mole



W pieces of skull of the only specimen of the Somali golden mole ever to have been collected but that is only an excuse to launch into lengthy discussions of the aforementioned topics To say the book lacks focus is a huge understatement I found it to be rambling and directionless going off on various subjects seemingly at random The reader will likely find a few of these interesting enough if encountered for the first time such as the history of big game and ivory hunting in Africa or how community run nature conservancies work in practice As a whole though it was tough slogging through the long chapters with no ultimate conclusion other than the author s final pilgrimage to a museum in Italy to meet the titular subject 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 some reason it captured Girling s imagination becoming a symbol of rarity and fragilitySee my full review at The BookbagI would recommend The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson over this one 45Imagine a work colleague asking ou what ou were going to do for our summer holidays and The Alcohol Experiment you replied thatou were off to Afr. The science of collecting and naming specimens traces the development of the conservation movement and addresses the central issues of extinction and biodiversity The Hunt for the Golden Mole is an engaging story which illustrates the importance of every living creature no matter how small strange or rare It is a thoughtful shocking inspiring and important boo.

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The beeswax eating bird whose stomach enzymes break down tuberculosis but sadly what will linger is the howl of despair against a world in which species are being wiped out by mankind s seething stupidity 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 me pause to think about the need to biodiversity in general This book read very much like an extended magazine article which makes sense because the author is a journalist I suspected that this would not be terribly scientific and I was right It was interesting but felt repetitive at times It took me a long time to finish this partly because it just felt like pages upon pages of the same points reiterated The descriptions of Ol Pejeta were great though and it is obvious that the author cares a lot for wildlife and its conservation That being said this is much a layman s book though I hate that term than an academic science one 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 fe. Rd 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 to reconsider its relationship with every other It is also a uest for knowledge He delves into the history of exploration and the tall tales of the great hunters explores.

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 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 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 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 I would still recommend this 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. This story is a uest for an animal so rare that a sighting has never been recorded The Somali golden mole was first described in 1964 It is mentioned in a number of textbooks but the sole evidence for its existence is a tiny fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet Intrigued by this elusive creature and what it can tell us about extinction and survival Richa.

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