Wild Ones: A Look at People Looking at Animals in America
In America, the book Wild Ones discovers, wildlife has always inhabited the terrain of our imagination as much as the actual land. The journey is framed by the stories of three species: the polar bear, ogled by tourists outside a remote northern town; the little-known Lange’s metalmark butterfly, foundering on a small patch of industrialized land near San Francisco; and the whooping crane as it’s led on a months-long migration by costumed men in ultralight airplanes.
The wilderness that Wild Ones navigates is a scrappy, disorderly place where amateur conservationists do grueling, sometimes preposterous-looking work; where a marketer maneuvers to control the polar bear’s image while at the same time Martha Stewart turns up to film those beasts for her show on the Hallmark Channel. Our most comforting ideas about nature unravel and in their place, Mooallem forges a new and affirming vision of the human animal and the wild ones as kindred creatures on an imperfect planet. Wild Ones merges reportage, science, and history into a humane and endearing meditation on what it means to live in, and bring a life into today’s world.
Amy Standen, a producer for KQED Science, will be in conversation with Jon Mooallem. Book signing to follow.
This is a California Academy of Sciences and Stegner Environmental Center Program.
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