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Drs. Thorbjarnarson and Wang are the ideal scientists-and truly the best qualified-to write this book. The story of the Chinese alligator is interesting on its own, and it primes those new to crocodilian conservation with what caused global declines of crocodilians and how crocodilian conservation has worked in many areas. -- Lee Fitzgerald, Texas A & M University

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Foreword, by George B. SchallerPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. The Earth Dragon2. The Family of Dragons: Crocodilians of the World and Their Conservation3. The History of Crocodilians in China4. Alligators as Dragons5. A Dragon's Life: Ecology and Behavior of the Chinese Alligator6. The Dragon's Demise: Why the Chinese Alligator Disappeared7. Habitat and Population Status8. The Future of the Alligator in ChinaLiterature CitedIndex

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One of the world's most respected experts on crocodilians, John Thorbjarnarson was a senior conservation zoologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society during the writing and designing of this book. Dr. Thorbjarnarson was a tireless advocate for conservation, and it was during one of his many conservation-related trips in early 2010 that he contracted a fatal case of malaria. Xiaoming Wang is an expert on the Chinese alligator, a professor of biology at East China Normal University, director of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, and one of China's leading conservation biologists.


A well-written, well-referenced, thoughtful and sobering work. Highly recommended. Choice A 'must read' for herpetologists concerned with conservation. -- Gunter Gollmann Amphibia-Reptilia This book is highly recommended as a comprehensive overview of a fascinating species written by the people who know it best. IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group Newsletter This book is probably the most up-to-date and informative account of Chinese alligators available... It is an incredible resource for anyone dealing with or interested in crocodilians or conservation. -- James Hennessy Herpetological Bulletin A model for how the natural history and conservation status of a species can be synthesized in a way that maximizes the information value to the specialist without leaving interested nonspecialists in the dust... Readers wanting a deeper understanding of the complexity of conservation biology, and of the balance needed between development and conservation will learn much... It would be tragic indeed if this book became a requiem and not a call to action. -- Christopher A. Brochu Copeia This really is a book about the current problems of trying to conserve biodiversity in the modern world and should be read by anyone with an interest in that subject (which should be all of us). -- Brian Livingstone Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

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