Living Art Publishing is making another special offer to TSA members on its newly released RAFETUS: The Curve of Extinction by Peter Pritchard. It is Dr. Pritchard's eleventh book and features the story of Rafetus swinhoei, the giant soft-shelled turtles in Vietnam. The Turtle Survival Alliance has been supporting the Rafetus breeding project for many years and we hope that each member will want to read the incredible story of getting these two, the rarest turtles in the world, together for the purpose of captive breeding. Also included are chapters on extinction, fossil turtles, the search for the largest species and the rarest species of chelonian. This book is a beautiful large format 184 page hardback with a dustjacket.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter C. H. Pritchard was born in England in 1943, and was raised in Northern Ireland. He relocated to Florida in 1965. He has a B.A. (with Honours) and M.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida, where he studied sea turtle biology with Dr. Archie Carr. Since 1998 he has been Director of the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, Florida. Pritchard is best known as an authority on the biology and conservation of turtles and tortoises. Both before and after receiving his doctorate in 1969, he has undertaken extensive field work with turtles in all continents and many remote islands, and he has established a permanent field station for turtle conservation in northwestern Guyana. Three species of turtle are named after him — a snake-necked turtle from New Guinea, a pond turtle from northern Burma, and a giant fossil sideneck turtle from Colombia. He has been recognized as a “Champion of the Wild” by the Discovery Television Channel, and as a “Hero of the Planet” by TIME Magazine. In 2001, he was declared “Floridian of the Year” by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In this, Pritchard’s eleventh book, he tells the incredible story of the world’s rarest turtle, Rafetus swinhoei, a true giant of the chelonian world. This freshwater Loch Ness Monster, is represented by a single mystical giant living in Lake Hoan Kiem in downtown Hanoi, a juvenile in Dong Mo, perhaps a few specimens living in the shadows of deep lakes in nature, and a large adult pair who lived alone as zoo specimens for more than fifty years, separated by thousands of miles. By a miraculous feat of politics, ingenuity, and human labor, these two individuals were brought together for the purpose of saving the species. In RAFETUS: The Curve of Extinction, Dr. Pritchard presents a story of looming loss, but also of hope.
TSA Member pricing
$60.00 shipped anywhere in the US (reg. $69.50+shipping)
$70.00 shipped overseas (reg. $69.50+shipping)
Additionally, $5 from each purchase will be donated to the Turtle Survival Alliance.
Turtle Conservation Special Editions Available
100 copies of RAFETUS: The Curve of Extinction will be signed and numbered by Dr. Pritchard. These copies will also include an 8" x 10" print (high quality on acid free paper) of Tell Hicks' Rafetus swinhoei painting. These prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. These copies will be $100 each. $25 from each copy sold will go to the Chelonian Research Institute, with an additional $10 benefitting TSA ($5 of which will be earmarked for the Rafetus program).
Two ways to order
2. Send a check or money order to the following address: Living Art, PO Box 321, Ada, OK 74821-0321
For more information, visit www.livingartpublishing.com or email Russ Gurley