Against Extinction - The Story of Conservation

William M Adams 
Earthscan  2004  

Hardcover  328 pages  ISBN 9781844070558      £80.00

Softcover  328 pages  ISBN 9781844070565      £25.00

Against Extinction tells the history of wildlife conservation from its roots in the 19th century, through the foundation of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire in London in 1903 to the huge and diverse international movement of the present day. It vividly portrays conservation’s legacy of big game hunting, the battles for the establishment of national parks, the global importance of species conservation and debates over the sustainable use of and trade in wildlife.

Bill Adams addresses the big questions and ideas that have driven conservation for the last 100 years: How can the diversity of life be maintained as human demands on the Earth expand seemingly without limit? How can preservation be reconciled with human rights and the development needs of the poor? Is conservation something that can be imposed by a knowledgeable elite, or is it something that should emerge naturally from people’s free choices? These have never been easy questions, and they are as important in the 21st century as at any time in the past. The author takes us on a lively historical journey in search of the answers.


Foreword by the Earl of Cranbrook, President, Fauna & Flora International
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

1 The Challenge of Nature
Bringing back the wild
From guns to parks
The problem of naturalness
Community and conservation
Hybrid nature
The challenge of conservation
Outline of the book

2 Good Hunting
Empty plains
Imperial conservation
Pressure for preservation
Proper hunting
Shooting as an argument for conservation
On safari

3 The Global Conservation Regime
The need for international action
Empire preservation
Beyond empire
Global nature conservation
Decolonization and conservation
The new professionals
Broadcast nature
Nature lovers: the growth of popular environmentalism
Partners for conservation

4 Nature in Its Place
Reserves for wildlife
Dividing the land
The idea of national parks
The national park spirit
Nature and parks in the United Kingdom
Parks for the colonies
Decolonization and national parks
The conservation estate

5 Poachers to Partners
Saving the wild
Wilderness and cultural imagination
Managing wild nature
The poacher at home
Nature’s fortress
Living with parks
Parks for people

6 Two by Two
Some are more equal than others
Red for danger
Operation save the species
The wild captive
Saving the unicorns
Releasing the captive
Species in situ
Species and identity

7 The Demands of Development
Spaceship Earth
Human space
Development, colonization and conservation
Wildlife and development
Game, disease and development
Nature’s conservationist
Sustainable development
The impacts of development
Damned by development
Reconciling conservation and development

8 Trading Nature
A zoo in their luggage
The problem of ivory
Outconsuming nature
Without borders
The devil and the deep blue sea
The fur flies
Use it or lose it

9 Conservation’s Plan
Conservation’s corporate plan
Back to barriers
The costs and benefits of conservation
The wildlife resource
Wildlife as a crop
Community-based safari hunting
Profiting with nature

10 Society with Nature
Nature’s degradation
Nature’s renewal
Nature’s image
Nature’s neighbours
Society with nature


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