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Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine

Very funny and moving…The glimpses of rare fauna seem to have enlarged [Adams’] thinking, enlivened his world; and so might the animals do for us all, if we were to help them live.

The Washington Post Book World

Best known for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, Douglas Adams also had things to say about topics concerning our own planet, particularly the natural world. Last Chance to See was his only non-fiction book, which is a pity because it’s a highly enjoyable read that makes what could have been a dry subject interesting and engaging. Now approaching its 20th anniversary, the book still feels like a fresh and relevant look at the world of endangered animals.

Although the book is about conservation, it’s told in the form of a humorous travelogue, a style that keeps the tone readable and usually light despite the serious subjects explored. Adams and Mark Carwardine (with various team members) travel the world looking for obscure species to find out what’s being done to protect them. Carwardine provides the zoological and conservation information while Adams writes, “My role, and one for which I was entirely qualified, was to be an extremely ignorant non-zoologist to whom everything that happened would be a complete surprise.”