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The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion

The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion
Author: Jonathan S. Adams - Thomas O. McShane
ISBN 13: 9780520206717
ISBN 10: 520206711
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1997-01-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 266
List Price: $29.95

"The vital position of Africans in effective conservation has not been well described for the Western public, and The Myth of Wild Africa takes an important step in redressing this lack of understanding. For anyone interested in the realities of conservation, it is a book well worth reading."—Dr. Amy Vedder, Biodiversity Program Coordinator,Wildlife Conservation Society

"A thoughtful and important examination of . . . the fatal fallacies of old-style conservation. The relationship between wildlife and people in Africa is as old as our species itself. The future of both must be taken into account together. Required reading for anyone who has ever cared about one or the other."—Thomas E. Lovejoy, Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Smithsonian

"I've never read any single other volume that has had as much impact on the problems, politics, and policies—and possible solution—of conservation in Africa."—Gary C. Clarke, Director Emeritus, Topeka, Kansas Zoological Park


The authors report on how Western conservation has helped sabotage the precarious balance between wildlife and Africans. They break with traditional conservation, which saves animals at the cost of people, and explore a new, joint African/Western approach to conservation that hopes eventually to give control back to the African nations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)