RICHARD ELLIS is the author of many books including The Empty Ocean (Island Press, 2003), see page 22, and No Turning Back (Harper Collins, 2004). Ellis is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and a world-renowned artist.
"To write a book such as Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn is a formidable undertaking. You must accumulate thousands of facts and spare no detail, no matter how terrible. It is always easier to write a piece of fluff and leave everybody smiling. But then, the horrors of poaching would continue unchallenged--like as tent caterpillars consuming an apple orchard, our species mindlessly consumes the others of the earth. At present, the most significant hope for our planet may be knowledge, and Richard Ellis has done a heroic job in providing a large measure of that."--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas "author of The Tribe of Tiger, The Hidden Life of Dogs, and Reindeer Moon " "With its focus on staying healthy as opposed to treating illness, traditional Asian medicine is often hailed as a natural and friendly alternative to western therapies. In Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn, Richard Ellis shows just how destructive and unsustainable many of these practices are."--Mark Norell "American Museum of Natural History, co-author of Unearthing the Dragon " "A minutely researched, powerful, passionate and brave book. That we are driving other species to extinction because we compete with them for space, or eat them (as "bush meat") is bad enough, but that we kill endangered animals in vast numbers to provide "medicinals" of no therapeutic value is heartbreaking. Richard Ellis shows us what we must do to stop this needless destruction."--Oliver Sacks "M.D., author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars " "What a ride! Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn takes you on a road trip through horror and sorrow but leaves you infused with hope. Richard Ellis delivers a heart-achingly accurate account of the recent history of tigers, rhinos, and bears, and explains how much of their fate--along with the fates of other rare animals--rests in the hands of the growing black market for medicine made from their parts. While Ellis spares nothing in this landmark account of the wildlife trade, he also guides us toward what must be done to curtail it."--Sy Montgomery "author of Spell of the Tiger and Search for the Golden Moon Bear " "Ellis' extensive research gives us the inside story on the black market endangered species trade."--E-The Environment Magazine ..".his well-researched book presents staggering statistics about the illegal wildlife trade and brings to light an important issue too few people are aware of."--Audubon "Ellis makes a convincing case that persistent belief in the curative powers of such substances as tiger bone and rhinoceros horn is the major force driving these animals inexorably toward extinction."--The Washington Post "Ellis' meticulous and balanced report reveals the need for increased wildlife protection and a renewed assault on the trafficking in animal parts."--Booklist