By Lawrence Anthony & Graham Spence
Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, 384 pages, 4.5 stars
When Lawrence Anthony, founder of the Thula Thula wildlife reserve in South Africa, learned that only fourteen Northern White Rhino remained in the wild, he knew he had to help. Unfortunately, the final refuge of these magnificent animals was controlled by The Lord’s Resistance Army, one of the most infamous rebel groups in the world. Blocked repeatedly by government bureaucracy, Lawrence finally made a staggering decision. To save the rhino, he would travel into the heart of war-ravaged Africa and meet with the leaders of the LRA. Perhaps if they could be convinced to help in the conservation effort, the Northern White Rhino would not become the largest land animal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct.
“Anyone who doesn’t believe that animals are aware that they have family and friends, and care about them, must also be a paid-up member of the Flat Earth Society.”
Fans of The Elephant Whisperer will love this final book by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence. Heartfelt and exciting, The Last Rhinos provides a provocative look at the The Lord’s Resistance Army and the escalating struggles of conservationists in Africa. The inspiring story of a battle against insurmountable odds, The Last Rhinos is a deeply moving and far reaching book which left at least one reader wishing very deeply that Lawrence Anthony was still in this world.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Goss