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Wildlife in the Balance: Why animals are humanity's best hope

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In my teenage years I worked at the pioneering Oxford Scientific Films, helped produce BBC nature documentaries with Mike Kendall in Bristol and summered at the RSPB headquarters while working for the natural history film unit under Geoffrey Boswell. Many of us have marvelled at the sight of a whale, songbird or elephant, but have you stopped to consider why these animals are important? “Wildlife In The Balance” gives the answers to this simple question and explains how animals contribute to life as we know it, and why they are essential in our fight against the climate crisis. Best-selling Author and Ecologist Simon Mustoe lifts the veil on the overlooked impact of wildlife, how animals help “engineer”, maintain, regenerate and restore ecosystems and why we’re better off to change our relationship with them from one of domination to one of cooperation before it’s too late. In the book, Simon reveals why we need animals to rebalance our de-stabilised planet. Whilst the world is increasingly aware we need to stop burning fossil fuels and protect and restore natural ecosystems, there is, however, a tendency to overlook the importance of the wildlife living in these natural ecosystems. In fact, with the twin crises of climate change & biodiversity loss and a 6 th mass extinction looming, there has never been a better time to understand the critical role animals have on our planet, what the stakes are for our future and survival, and what all of us can do to help rewild habitats and restore wildlife populations. Dubbed as perhaps one of the most important books of our time, Wildlife In The Balance unearths the untold stories of wild animals, their immeasurable impact on the health of our planet and why they are essential to win the climate fight.

As a child, I explored the fields and farmland of the Cotswold Hills and like so many, was inspired by a world of abundant and exotic wildlife, portrayed each night on our TV screens. Simon Mustoe has worked internationally as an ecologist, expeditioner and conservationist. During a passionate thirty years as researcher, communicator and consultant he has witnessed first-hand, many oblique and candid interactions we have with nature, plus our failure to protect it and ourselves. Simon has led WWF researchers into the heart of oil spills, trekked in the remote jungles of Madagascar, produced Australia’s epic National Landscapes film series, and worked for the likes of the RSPB and BirdLife International. Simon continues to play an active role as adviser to important ecosystem restoration initiatives. Reading this book may change your mind about almost everything. Important beyond compare, utterly engrossing, at once chilling and heartening." Dame Joanna Lumley

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