Gold Rush in the Jungle

Gold Rush in the Jungle

The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "lost World"

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals

Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a close relative of the nearly extinct Javan rhino. In an age when scientists are excited by discovering a new kind of tube worm, the thought of finding and naming a new large terrestrial mammal is astonishing, and wildlife biologists from all over the world are flocking to this dangerous region. The result is a race between preservation and destruction.

Containing research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs, ex-Viet Cong, and the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war's end,Gold Rush in the Jungle goes deep into the valleys, hills, and hollows of Vietnam to explore the research, the international trade in endangered species, the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and the effort of a handful of biologists to save the world's rarest animals.

Baker & Taylor
Filled with research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs and ex-Viet Cong, this eye-opening book, taking readers deep into the valleys, hills and hollows of Vietnam, explores the race to discover and save the world's rarest animals. 15,000 first printing.

Book News
As wildlife biologists compete to discover new mammals and rescue endangered species in Vietnam's jungles, increased human activity impacts the fragile environment. In this readable, color-illustrated narrative for a general audience, environmental journalist Drollette describes the forces that threaten the rare animals of the region, including international trade in endangered species, timber, and illegal drugs, and the effects of chemicals used during the Vietnam War. The author incorporates perspectives from biologists and conservationists as well as indigenous people, former POWs and Vietnamese soldiers, and park rangers. The book includes a glossary of animals and an extensive bibliography of books, periodicals, documentaries, and annotated websites. It is illustrated with color photos. The author's writing has appeared in many general interest science magazines. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2013
Edition: First edition
Description: xxiv, 310 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780307407047
Branch Call Number: 591.680959 Dro


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