The Hunt for the Golden Mole

The Hunt for the Golden Mole

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This story is a quest for an animal so rare that a sighting has never been recorded. The Somali golden mole was first described in 1964, but the sole evidence for its existence is a tiny fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet. Intrigued by this elusive creature, and what it can tell us about extinction and survival, Richard Girling embarks on a hunt to find the animal and its discoverer - an Italian professor who he thinks might still be alive... Richard's journey comes at a time when one species - our own - is having to reconsider its relationship with every other. He delves into the history of exploration and cataloguing and the tall tales of the great hunters, traces the development of the conservation movement and addresses central issues of extinction and biodiversity.Heaped against the wall were machetes, knives, bows and arrows tipped with hammered barbed wire or sharpened strips cut from old car doors; buffalosize snares; gin traps made from ... A gun like this may fire when you pulled the trigger ; or it might explode and blow your head off. ... The a#39;ambulancea#39; for the threehour lurch to hospital in Beira would be a filthy Nissan pickup with a mattress in the back.

Title:The Hunt for the Golden Mole
Author:Richard Girling
Publisher:Random House - 2014-06-05


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