The Atlas of Endangered Species: Threatened Plants and Animals of the World

The Atlas of Endangered Species: Threatened Plants and Animals of the World

by RichardMacKay (Author)


This revised and updated edition of the bestselling "Atlas of Endangered Species" provides the most current, comprehensive and easy-to-use reference to the species under threat and their habitats. With more than 50 full colour global maps, regional maps to illuminate key aspects, colour photos of rare creatures and detailed case studies, it remains the essential guide and reference to what is going on and why it is so important. It is a fully illustrated and comprehensive guide to the world's endangered plants and animals. Full colour maps and graphics provide at-a-glance information on species lost, threatened and surviving today, including trees and other plants, birds, animals, reptiles and insects. Up to 20 per cent of species may be extinct by 2030, a loss that could threaten our own security. "The Atlas of Endangered Species" locates and identifies different species of wildlife and shows how human survival depends on biodiversity. It traces the movement of animals and plants across continents and catalogues the inhabitants of different ecosystems including forests, wetlands and mangroves, coastal systems and coral reefs. It examines the major threats to biodiversity - from loss of habitat to hunting - and the steps being taken towards conservation. Accompanied by photographs of rare birds, mammals and plants, topics include: prehistory; early habitat loss and extinctions; measuring biodiversity; threats to biodiversity; what lives where; ecosystems and their communities; conservation and sustainable development; planned reintroductions; and, trade and protected species.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Publisher: Earthscan Ltd
Published: 15 Feb 2002

ISBN 10: 1853838748
ISBN 13: 9781853838743

Author Bio
Richard Mackay is Environmental Officer at the University of Cambridge. His specialisms are ecological issues and sustainable development. His work includes wildlife audits for nature reserves and formulating environmental policies for major companies