The Last Unicorn: A Search For One Of Earth's Rarest Creatures by William deBuysThe Last Unicorn: A Search For One Of Earth's Rarest Creatures by William deBuys

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

byWilliam deBuys

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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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.
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.
Title:The Last Unicorn: A Search For One Of Earth's Rarest CreaturesFormat: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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Editorial Reviews

"A plangent account of a disappearing world.... deBuys writes a compelling tale, one rendered beautiful by some of the poetic flourishes that punctuate the book. And when he inserts himself into the story, he adds a further dimension; bringing the human spirit to a story that could, otherwise, have spiraled into a monotone work of science, politics or conservation. The result is an account that offers something to all."-Wayne McCallum, Khmer Times