The Last Unicorn: A Search For One Of Earth's Rarest Creatures

Paperback | October 6, 2015

byWilliam deBuys

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An award-winning author's quest to find and understand a creature as rare and enigmatic as any on Earth

In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with exquisite long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to Western science--a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in fifty years.

Rare then and rarer now, a live saola had never been glimpsed by a Westerner in the wild when Pulitzer Prize finalist and nature writer William deBuys and conservation biologist William Robichaud set off to search for it in central Laos. Their team endured a punishing trek up and down white-water rivers and through mountainous terrain ribboned with the snare lines of armed poachers who roamed the forest, stripping it of wildlife.

In the tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Colin Thubron, and Peter Matthiessen,The Last Unicornchronicles deBuys's journey deep into one of the world's most remote places. It's a story rich with the joys and sorrows of an expedition into undiscovered country, pursuing a species as rare and elusive as the fabled unicorn. As is true with the quest for the unicorn, in the end the expedition becomes a search for something more: the essence of wildness in nature, evidence that the soul of a place can endure, and the transformative power of natural beauty.

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An award-winning author's quest to find and understand a creature as rare and enigmatic as any on EarthIn 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with exquisite long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to Western science--a saola, the first large land mammal discove...

William deBuys is the author of eight books, includingRiver of Traps, aNew York TimesNotable Book of the Year and a Pulitzer Prize nonfiction finalist;Enchantment and Exploitation;The Walk(an excerpt of which won a Pushcart Prize in 2008); andA Great Aridness.He lives in New Mexico.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316232874

ISBN - 13:9780316232876

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"The book reads like a gripping travelogue, but it also operates at a deeper level, leading us to question how we choose which species to conserve, how growing human populations can fit into a fracturing landscape, and how to value nature in the light of widespread poverty.... Part action adventure, part an exploration of loss, this book is a journey for both the heart and the mind."-David W. Redding, Science