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Published: 03 November 2005

320 Pages | 22 halftones, maps & line illus.

5-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780195223965

Bookseller Code (06)

A Sheltered Life

The Unexpected History of the Giant Tortoise

Paul Chambers

A Sheltered Life offers a fascinating look at one of the world's strangest and most wondrous animals--whose significance in modern science and culture cannot be underestimated. In an engaging blend of cultural and natural history, the book ranges from the earliest mention of the tortoises many millennia ago, to the wholesale plunder of their populations starting in the sixteenth century, to modern attempts to protect the tortoise and track down members of what were once believed to be extinct populations.

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