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Appointment at the ends of the world : memoirs of a wildlife veterinarian
Karesh, William B.
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New York : Warner Books, [1999]

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vi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
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SF996.36.K27 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Take Indiana Jones, mix in a dash of Marlon Perkins, a bit of Jack Hanna, and a pinch of Dr. Dolittle, and you get Dr. William Karesh, wildlife veterinarian and adventurer extraordinaire. From the jungles of the Amazon, to the golden savannas of Africa, to the rocky shores of Patagonia, Dr. Karesh plies an extraordinary craft. A healer of international renown, his patients are often as ferociously toothed as they are difficult to subdue. A man whose commitment to conservation is as fierce as the landscapes and animals he encounters, his exploits put fictional characters to shame. Whether combing the jungles of the Amazon in search of the elusive okapi or evading the wrath of an enraged elephant, Karesh is a committed crusader on behalf of the earth and its inhabitants. Wildlife adventure appeals to a large and dedicated audience, as evidenced by the popularity of the award-winning National Geographic Explorer, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and the Nature Channel.

Author Notes

William Karesh, D.V.M., heads the International Field Veterinary Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society. When he is not traveling the globe, he resides in New York City.

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Booklist Review

We've read books about country veterinarians; city, holistic, and behavioral veterinarians. Now Karesh's memoirs take us into the realm of a wildlife veterinarian, to animal medicine practiced in the field. Karesh works for the Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo), where he heads the Field Veterinary Program. He provides the medical expertise needed by biologists and wildlife managers working in the wild all over the world. Reports of research conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Bolivia, Cameroon, Peru, and Borneo are combined with the author's personal anecdotes of his contribution to the field studies. Stories of corrupt customs agents in Zaire, boating to remote field sites in Bolivia, and waking in the middle of the night to feed macaw chicks are interspersed with explanations of the scientific side of the research. Boxed asides range from a "Packing list for Zaire" to "Hummingbirds," adding local culture and scientific fact to the narrative. Overall, this is an excellent look at an unusual aspect of veterinary work that will be a very popular read. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Employed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, formerly known as the New York Zoological Society, Karesh travels around the world assisting foreign governments and conservation organizations with wildlife issues. His days and nights for weeks and months on end are filled with glamour and danger. As he succinctly states at the beginning, "My patients are only one occupational hazard: venomous snakes, deadly tropical diseases like Ebola, and unpredictable humans (including heavily armed soldiers and guerrilla rebels) pose equal threats." Whether he is working in Zaire, Borneo, Bolivia, Cameroon, or Peru, dealing with wealthy, high-profile personalities or the world's poorest people, Karesh is a passionate conservationist, committed and dedicated. He deeply believes that every individual can make a difference if he or she chooses. Essential summer reading.ÄEdell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part 1 From Blue Jays to Elephantsp. 3
Part 2 The Democratic Republic of Congo, aka Zaire Deep in the Broken Heart of Africap. 23
Part 3 Boliva The Center of South Americap. 101
Part 4 Cameroon The Race Against Entropyp. 167
Part 5 Peru Two Sides of the Andesp. 223
Part 6 Borneo Hanging Out with Orangutansp. 297
Part 7 A Quick Trip Around the Worldp. 363