Life on the brink

24.04.2011                      20.Nisan, 5771                      Chel Hamo'ed 5; Tag 5 des Omer

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Life on the brink

Twenty years ago Douglas Adams set out to see various endangered species, believing that was the last chance to see them in the wild. Have his predictions come true?

Exactly 20 years ago, the book "Last Chance to See" came out. It was co-authored by writer Douglas Adams and zoologist Mark Carwardine. Subsequently published in Hebrew as well, the book describes the series of trips undertaken by the authors in a tenacious search for certain endangered species. Adams and Carwardine traveled under harsh conditions to remote places and went to tremendous lengths in order to see for the last time, sometimes for only a moment, animals that most of us have never even heard of. Two decades on, what has happened to the four-legged or winged protagonists of "Last Chance to See"? How many of them have managed to survive, and what state are they in today? The intriguing answer to these questions may be indicative of the current state of environmental and animal conservation efforts around the world….