Journalist Jon Mooallem noticed that his young daughter was always surrounded by wild animals: butterflies on her pajamas, a stuffed toy owl, and beavers in her bedtime stories. But these romantic portrayals, he says, hid a harsh reality. Scientists estimate half of all species could be gone by the turn of the century. So he embarked on his own journey to track down three endangered animals, and discovered the extreme — even futile — lengths humans go to save them. Jon Mooallem discusses his book, “Wild Ones,” and the complex intersections of man and nature.

Jon Mooallem on the Weird World of People and Animals 20 May,2013forum

Jon Mooallem, contributing writer for New York Times Magazine, writer-at- large for Pop-Up Magazine, and author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America"

  • MarIah

    Your interviewer sounds dismissive and amused by people who care about the disappearing fauna, Her lack of understandiing ecological interconnections is glaring.

  • Chemist150

    I’m sick of hearing about polar bears in relation to climate change. Polar Bear International published a report in 2005 clearly showing the polar bear population exploding since the international hunting ban around the 60’s. I read the full report. Some regions they’re still killed due to interactions with humans. This comes down to the South Hudson Bay which is the one that is always reported. This happens to be the most southern part of the bay where the most people live and the most polar bears are killed due to that. What is conveniently left out is the East Hudson populations and the West Hudson populations.

    When Copenhagen came around they prepared a special report conveniently pulling their past reports from the web as to not undermine their propaganda. How about the truth? Report on the full populations and quit using the areas where they’re still actively killed as propaganda. NPI has no credibility.

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