Weird and Well-Meaning People and Their Relationships with Wild Animals

Wild animal/human narratives can be triumphant (Gorillas in the Mist) or tragic (Grizzly Man), but they are always fascinating. We share this crazy planet with so many other species we’ll never truly understand. And they’ll never truly understand us. It’s just nature doing its thing. Ah, the mystery of it all.

Journalist Jon Mooallem decided to capture that odd, sometimes tenuous relationship we have with these creature. In his new book called Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, he aims to shed some light on the subject.

With heart, humor, and dedication, Moallen tells a story about polar bears, butterflies, and cranes and the unusual and fascinating people who often risk their reputations, and even their lives, to protect them. It’s a book that’s just as much a about the human condition and it is about simple preservation.

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