An award-winning author's quest to find and understand a creature as rare and enigmatic as any on Earth.
In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with exquisite long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to Western science—a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in fifty years.
Rare then and rarer now, a live saola had never been glimpsed by a Westerner in the wild when Pulitzer Prize finalist and nature writer William deBuys and conservation biologist William Robichaud set off to search for it in central Laos. Their team endured a punishing trek up and down white-water rivers and through mountainous terrain ribboned with the snare lines of armed poachers who roamed the forest, stripping it of wildlife.
In the tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Colin Thubron, and Peter Matthiessen, The Last Unicorn chronicles deBuys's journey deep into one of the world's most remote places. It's a story rich with the joys and sorrows of an expedition into undiscovered country, pursuing a species as rare and elusive as the fabled unicorn. As is true with the quest for the unicorn, in the end the expedition becomes a search for something more: the essence of wildness in nature, evidence that the soul of a place can endure, and the transformative power of natural beauty.
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"William deBuys joined explorers on an observation trek aimed at protecting the elusive, rare saola, a forest-dwelling bovine discovered only in 1992. He develops fascinating pictures in the minds of listeners as he recounts his journey through the saola's habitat in Laos. His gentle voice brings alive descriptions of the landscape and experiences such as the strange wonder of not recognizing a bird that later proves familiar. He makes the horror stories--encounters with leeches and ants--as unnerving as they must have been in real life. A rare vehemence comes out as he describes the continuing toll of Vietnam War-era explosives on the people he meets. The imagistic writing lends itself well to the audiobook form. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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