Gold Rush in the Jungle by Dan Drollette Jr.
The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

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Mr. Drollette leads the reader on various journeys, from Mr. Nadler's EPRC to southern Sweden to academic discussions with leading professors.
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An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals
 
     Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a close relative of the nearly extinct Javan rhino. In an age when scientists are excited by discovering a new kind of tube worm, the thought of finding and naming a new large terrestrial mammal is astonishing, and wildlife biologists from all over the world are flocking to this dangerous region. The result is a race between preservation and destruction.

     Containing research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs, ex-Viet Cong, and the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war's end, Gold Rush in the Jungle goes deep into the valleys, hills, and hollows of Vietnam to explore the research, the international trade in endangered species, the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and the effort of a handful of biologists to save the world's rarest animals.
 

About Dan Drollette Jr.

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DAN DROLLETTE is a writer, editor, and lecturer whose articles have appeared in such publications as Scientific American, International Wildlife, the Boston Globe, Natural History, Cosmos, Science, ABCNewsOnline, New Scientist, Newsday, and The Sciences. Recently, he earned awards from the National Association of Science Writers, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the "East Meets West" journalism conference at UC Berkeley.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Crown. 336 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 03 2013

The book’s principle flaw is that at times it reads more like a patchwork of previously published feature articles than a single cohesive work. Generally well-researched and -written, but somewhat unfocused and repetitive.

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Below average
Reviewed by Richard Conniff on Apr 24 2013

Unfortunately, "Gold Rush in the Jungle" is a dismally inept book...The book's flat-footed language often sounds like the narration in a Wes Anderson film, minus the irony...

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Karl Wolff on Apr 16 2013

Mr. Drollette leads the reader on various journeys, from Mr. Nadler's EPRC to southern Sweden to academic discussions with leading professors.

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