Locus Focus on 04/08/13
THE KINGDOM OF RARITIES - A Conversation with author Eric Dinerstein
When you look out your window, why are you so much more likely to see a crow or a robin than a California condor? Why are some animals naturally rare and others so abundant? How much does the rarity of a species have to do with human activities and why are some species who never have any contact with humans also rare? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Eric Dinerstein, author of The Kingdom of Rarities, which takes us to some of the least-traveled places on the planet to catch a glimpse of the rarest animals in the world. We'll talk about the ecological importance of these species and the urgency of protecting all types of life — the uncommon and abundant alike.
Eric Dinerstein is Lead Scientist and Vice President for Conservation Science at the World Wildlife Fund. His areas of specialty include tropical mammals, large mammal biology, biogeography, bats, rhinos, seed dispersal, and community ecology. He has led many of the organization's most important scientific projects, including the Global 200 Ecoregions, examples of which form the basis of Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations. Dinerstein is also the author of The Return of the Unicorns: The Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, among other articles and publications.