The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great and


10 thoughts on “The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great and Small, and Why They Matter

  1. Penny Penny says:

    4.5Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going to do for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few elephants, tigers and possible even a rhino Ridiculous and appalling of course but it wasn t long ago that holiday snaps would feature hunters standing proudly next to their kill.And not long ago that giraffes were shot purely because their tails made good fly swishes.I wouldn t classify myself as particularly animal loving but to read about th 4.5Imagine a work colleague asking you what you were going to do for your summer holidays and you replied that you were off to Africa to shoot a few elephants, tigers and possible even a rhino Ridiculous and appalling of course but it wasn t long ago that holiday snaps would feature hunters standing proudly next to their kill.And not long ago that giraffes were shot purely because their tails made good fly swishes.I wouldn t classify myself as particularly animal loving but to read about the hundreds of species that are hurtling towards extinction is truly shocking Of course the public get behind campaigns to save the iconic and usually large creatures such as elephants and whales But Girling argues that everything, from the tiniest shrew or insect, is equally as important.His book starts off with a mission to find outabout the Somali Golden Mole This creature s very existence is to be found purely down to a fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet Girling is a wonderful story teller, with a passionate belief in the importance of every living thing, however big or small His voice remains steady until we reach the chapter on ivory, a chapter that made me want to weep He apologises at the end I m afraid that my voice in this chapter may have become somewhat shrill This book made a huge impact on me I finish some books and instantly forget them as I move onto the next But this one will stay with me


  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    From Victorian animal collecting to present day poaching, Girling surveys the contradictory human instincts toward exploitation and preservation of mammals The book is rather scattered, with too little about the actual quest for the mole, but the message about species extinction is powerful The Somali golden mole has never been seen in the wild, except as a few bones in an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For some reason, it captured Girling s imagination, becoming a symbol o From Victorian animal collecting to present day poaching, Girling surveys the contradictory human instincts toward exploitation and preservation of mammals The book is rather scattered, with too little about the actual quest for the mole, but the message about species extinction is powerful The Somali golden mole has never been seen in the wild, except as a few bones in an owl pellet found by an Italian zoologist in 1964 For some reason, it captured Girling s imagination, becoming a symbol of rarity and fragility See my full review at The Bookbag I would recommend The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson over this one


  3. Vilhelmiina Vilhelmiina says:

    I suspected that this would not be terribly scientific, and I was right It was interesting, but felt repetitive at times It took me a long time to finish this, partly because it just felt like pages upon pages of the same points, reiterated The descriptions of Ol Pejeta were great, though, and it is obvious that the author cares a lot for wildlife and its conservation That being said, this is mucha layman s book though I hate that term than an academic, science y one.


  4. A.C. A.C. says:

    Picked this up at the library without ever having heard of it The novel concerns the author s search for the rare golden mole, which has never been observed, but parts of which had been previously found in an owl pellet More than that however, the book concerns itself with the history of hunting, issues of biodiversity and humanity s challenging relationship with animals I found the information interesting, and it did give me pause to think about the need to biodiversity in general This book Picked this up at the library without ever having heard of it The novel concerns the author s search for the rare golden mole, which has never been observed, but parts of which had been previously found in an owl pellet More than that however, the book concerns itself with the history of hunting, issues of biodiversity and humanity s challenging relationship with animals I found the information interesting, and it did give me pause to think about the need to biodiversity in general This book read very much like an extended magazine article, which makes sense because the author is a journalist


  5. jzthompson jzthompson says:

    Like a lot of books hung on a hook in this case the author s search for a species of mole only known from a couple of bits of bone in an owl pellet there is a vague sense here that the thing isn t quite a cohesive whole, nor a collection of linked essays There are some splendid gems, like the beeswax eating bird whose stomach enzymes break down tuberculosis, but sadly what will linger is the howl of despair against a world in which species are being wiped out by mankind s seething stu Like a lot of books hung on a hook in this case the author s search for a species of mole only known from a couple of bits of bone in an owl pellet there is a vague sense here that the thing isn t quite a cohesive whole, nor a collection of linked essays There are some splendid gems, like the beeswax eating bird whose stomach enzymes break down tuberculosis, but sadly what will linger is the howl of despair against a world in which species are being wiped out by mankind s seething stupidity


  6. Edward Sullivan Edward Sullivan says:

    Girling s description of his search for bones of the Somali golden mole, bones that were found only once in an owl pellet in 1964, makes for a powerful metaphor but his frequent, lengthy digressions about extinct and endangered species are farinteresting and compelling A thoughtful and provocative elegy to living things.


  7. Walt Walt says:

    While this book makes some very good points, I was really hoping for something that focusedon living golden moles and other animals, rather than the history of killing animals for science However, books that bring awareness to little known animals such as golden moles are generally helpful in their conservation, so I would still recommend this.


  8. Jessica Jessica says:

    I really enjoyed the author s writing style, it felt like I was along for the ride down a rabbit hole He provided a fascinating history of collecting specimens for research and taxonomy and managed to condense a pretty expansive way of thinking about endangered species particularly mammals.


  9. Jodi Jodi says:

    I really liked this book I loved Richard s historical look at how naturalists perceived the natural world around them and how they interacted with it Ack If anyone acted that way today they would be denounced at the minimum Didn t finish the book Didn t seem like I needed to


  10. Robin Umbley Robin Umbley says:

    There needs to be a sixth star option Excellent on so many counts Review to follow.


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The Hunt for the Golden Mole: All Creatures Great and Small, and Why They Matter This story is a quest for an animal so rare that a sighting has never been recordedThe Somali golden mole was first described in , 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 aliveRichard 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 ❮Reading❯ ➸ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Kleankitchen.co.uk but the sole evidence for its existence is a tiny fragment of jawbone found in an owl pellet Intrigued by this elusive creature [Download] ➽ Insight and Interpretation ➺ Roy Schafer – Kleankitchen.co.uk and what it can tell us about extinction and survival [EPUB] ✵ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Kleankitchen.co.uk Richard Girling embarks on a hunt to find the animal and its discoverer an Italian professor who he thinks might still be aliveRichard 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 [Read] ➵ On a Day Like This ➼ Peter Stamm – Kleankitchen.co.uk traces the development of the conservation movement and addresses central issues of extinction and biodiversity


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