Books for Endangered Species Day

By Colleen Rowe | May 21 2021 | Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Endangered Species Day is a day when we come together with a call to action to protect threatened and endangered species. We have included a list of books that spread awareness and tell the stories of endangered species as they exist in and out of their natural environments.

 

The Tiger

Outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East a man-eating tiger is on the prowl. A team of trackers is dispatched to hunt down the tiger before it strikes again. As John Vaillant re-creates these extraordinary events, he gives us an unforgettable and masterful work of narrative nonfiction that combines a riveting portrait of a stark and mysterious region of the world and its people, with the natural history of the tiger.

 

The Loneliest Polar Bear

Here is the heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own. Sweeping and tender, The Loneliest Polar Bear explores the fraught relationship humans have with the natural world, the exploitative and sinister causes of the environmental mess we find ourselves in, and how the fate of polar bears is not theirs alone.

 

Wild Ones

Wild Ones is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it—from Thomas Jefferson’s celebrations of early abundance to the turn-of the-last-century origins of the teddy bear to the whale-loving hippies of the 1970s. With propulsive curiosity and searing wit, and without the easy moralizing and nature worship of environmental journalism’s older guard, Wild Ones merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into, a broken world.

 

On Thin Ice

Feared by explorers, revered by the Inuit, and beloved by zoo goers everywhere, polar bears are a symbol for the harsh beauty and muscular grace of the Arctic. But as global warming threatens the ice caps’ integrity, the polar bear has also come to symbolize the environmental peril that has arisen due to harmful human practices. In the past twenty years alone, the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half. Today they number just 22,000.

 

Spying on Whales

Nick Pyenson’s research has provided the answers to some of our biggest questions about whales. He analyzes the Smithsonian’s unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future—all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.


The Loneliest Polar Bear
A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World
978-1-9848-2633-6
The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own
$28.00 US
Mar 23, 2021
Hardcover
288 Pages
Crown

Wild Ones
A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America
978-0-14-312537-2
"Intelligent and highly nuanced… This book may bring tears to your eyes." -- San Francisco Chronicle Journalist Jon Mooallem has watched his little daughter’s world overflow with animals butterfly pajamas, appliquéd owls—while the actual world she’s inheriting slides into a great storm of extinction. Half of all species could disappear by the end of the century, and scientists now concede that most of America’s endangered animals will survive only if conservationists keep rigging the world around them in their favor. So Mooallem ventures into the field, often taking his daughter with him, to move beyond childlike fascination and make those creatures feel more real. Wild Ones is a tour through our environmental moment and the eccentric cultural history of people and wild animals in America that inflects it—from Thomas Jefferson’s celebrations of early abundance to the turn-of the-last-century origins of the teddy bear to the whale-loving hippies of the 1970s. With propulsive curiosity and searing wit, and without the easy moralizing and nature worship of environmental journalism’s older guard, Wild Ones merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into, a broken world.
$17.00 US
May 27, 2014
Paperback
352 Pages
Penguin Books

On Thin Ice
The Changing World of the Polar Bear
978-0-307-45464-5
Polar bears–fierce and majestic–have captivated us for centuries. Feared by explorers, revered by the Inuit, and beloved by zoo goers everywhere, they are a symbol for the harsh beauty and muscular grace of the Arctic. But as global warming threatens the ice caps’ integrity, the polar bear has also come to symbolize the environmental peril that has arisen due to harmful human practices. In the past twenty years alone, the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half. Today they number just 22,000.
$18.95 US
Dec 07, 2010
Paperback
416 Pages
Vintage

Spying on Whales
The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
978-0-7352-2458-2
A dive into the secret lives of whales, from their evolutionary past to today's cutting edge of science
$17.00 US
Jun 25, 2019
Paperback
336 Pages
Penguin Books