The Black Rhinos of Namibia

The Black Rhinos of Namibia

Searching for Survivors in the African Desert

By Rick Bass

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547055213, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

From one of our most gifted writers on the natural world comes a stunning exploration of a unique landscape and the improbable and endangered animal that makes its home there.
Rick Bass first made a name for himself as a writer and seeker of rare, iconic animals, including the grizzlies and wolves of the American West. Now he's off on a new, far-flung adventure in the Namib of southwest Africa on the trail of another fascinating, vulnerable species. The black rhino is a three-thousand-pound, squinty-eyed giant that sports three-foot-long dagger horns, lives off poisonous plants, and goes for days without water.
Human intervention and cutting-edge conservation saved the rhinos for now from the brink of extinction brought on by poaching and war. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and savior.
In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's "The Tree Where Man Was Born," Bass captures a haunting slice of Africa, especially of the black rhinos that glow ghostly white in the gleaming sun.

About the Author
RICK BASS s fiction hasreceived O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Most recently, his memoir"Why ICame West"was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.