The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned…

Paperback | August 23, 2016

byEric DinersteinForeword byGeorge B. Schaller

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Beginning in 1984, Eric Dinerstein led a team directly responsible for the recovery of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal, where the population had once declined to as few as 100 rhinos. The Return of the Unicorns is an account of what it takes to save endangered large mammals. In its pages, Dinerstein outlines the multifaceted recovery program-structured around targeted fieldwork and scientific research, effective protective measures, habitat planning and management, public-awareness campaigns, economic incentives to promote local guardianship, and bold, uncompromising leadership-that brought these extraordinary animals back from the brink of extinction. In an age when scientists must also become politicians, educators, fund-raisers, and activists to safeguard the subjects that they study, Dinerstein's inspiring story offers a successful model for large-mammal conservation that can be applied throughout Asia and across the globe.

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Beginning in 1984, Eric Dinerstein led a team directly responsible for the recovery of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in the Royal Chitwan National Park in Nepal, where the population had once declined to as few as 100 rhinos. The Return of the Unicorns is an account of what it takes to save endangered large mammals. In its pages, ...

Eric Dinerstein is director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE. He also leads a team of biologists who help add biodiversity information to Global Forest Watch.George B. Schaller is vice president of Panthera and has taught as an adjunct associate professor at Rockefeller University, East China ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023108451X

ISBN - 13:9780231084512

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Foreword, by George B. SchallerPrefaceIntroductionPart I: Vanishing Mammals, Vanishing Landscapes 1. Vanishing Mammals: The Rise and Fall of the Rhinoceroses2. Culture, Conservation, and the Demand for Rhinoceros Horn3. Vanishing Landscapes: The Flood Plain Ecosystem of ChitwanPart II: Biology of an Endangered Megaherbivore 4. Size and Sexual Dimorphism in Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros5. The Biology of an Extinction-Prone Species: Facing Demographic, Genetic, and Environmental Threats6. Life on the Flood Plain: Spacing and Ranging Behavior, Feeding Ecology, and Activity Patterns7. Male Dominance, Reproductive Success, and the "Incisor Size Hypothesis"8. Endangered Phenomena: Rhinoceros as Landscape ArchitectsPart III: The Recovery of Endangered Large Mammal Populations and their Habitats in Asia 9. Does Privately Owned Ecotourism Support Conservation of Charismatic Megafauna?10. Making Room for Megafauna: Promoting Local Guardianship of Endangered Species and Landscape-scale Conservation11. The Recovery of Rhinoceros and Other Asian Megafauna ConclusionAppendix A: MethodsAppendix B: Measurements and other Physical Features of greater one-horned rhinoceros captured in Royal Chitwan National Park, NepalAppendix C: Demographic and Genetic DataAppendix D: Seasonal Home Range and Daily MovementsAppendix E: A Profile of Rhinoceros BehaviorAppendix F: Reproductive Histories of Adult Female RhinocerosReferencesIndex

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A serious book full of essential information, and one that has but few rivals.... Dinerstein's book is a welcome contribution.