Welcome back to the second discussion of the Atlas Obscura Book Club!
In today’s thread, we’re continuing our discussion of Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine. Today we’re looking at the third and fourth chapters, “Leopardskin Pillbox Hat” and “Heartbeats in the Night,” the longest chapters in the book, and some of the most fascinatingly lovely. Kakapos forever.
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And with that, let’s talk rhinos and kakapos! Below are some supplementary materials related to the reading that we thought might be interesting, and the discussion topics can be found in the comments below.
Sadly, Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros died in 2018. Breeding efforts continue using genetic material collected during his life, but it’s still a tragic loss. The Guardian has a short piece talking with Sudan’s keeper that might make you weepy.
Kakapos still live! And you can “adopt” one from the New Zealand DOC to help support their conservation! One of them is named, “Bluster-Murphy” and I think I love him.
There is a lot of talk in the book about kakapo vocalizations, and the “booming” really does have to be heard to be believed.