Book cover of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction by Michelle Nijhuisby Michelle Nijhuis

“At once thoughtful and thought-provoking,” Beloved Beasts tells the story of the modern conservation movement through the lives and ideas of the people who built it, making “a crucial addition to the literature of our troubled time” (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction).

In the late nineteenth century, humans came at long last to a devastating realization: their rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving scores of animal species to extinction. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the history of the movement to protect and conserve other forms of life. From early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale, Nijhuis’s “spirited and engaging” account documents “the changes of heart that changed history” (Dan Cryer, Boston Globe).

Interview with the Author

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Ep. 40 – Michelle Nijhuis on the history of the wildlife conservation movement
4/28/21          54 min

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Beloved Beasts w/ Michelle Nijhuis
5/3/21          61 min

Science Talk 
An Unblinking History of the Conservation Movement 
10/21/21        20 min

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Michelle Nijhuis, “Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction” (Norton, 2021)
5/12/21          66 min

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The complicated history of wildlife conservation
4/22/21        67 min

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