A Radical New Approach to Conservation

Edward M. Warner, a self-proclaimed radical conservationist, presents his outrageous adventures from more than a decade of collaboration with the veterinarians and biologists who care for endangered rhinos in Africa. Few if any laymen like Warner have been invited to do what amounts to some of the most dangerous volunteer fieldwork around.

Fewer than five thousand black rhinos remain in the wilds of sub-Saharan Africa. About five hundred live on private conservancies in Zimbabwe. For Warner, working on the frontlines of rhino conservation not only allowed him to help rhinos, it gave him the opportunity to pursue and refine his emerging philosophy of radical conservationism, to cultivate partnerships between local communities and private landowners in Africa, and to export the lessons about land and wildlife management back home to the United States.

In Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist, Warner takes readers along as he weasels his way into becoming volunteer ground support for the International Rhino Foundation’s Rhino Conservancy Project, or ”Rhino Ops”, in Zimbabwe. It is gritty, sweaty, sometimes scary, and exhilarating work. Warner succeeds in telling a remarkable story of the extraordinary bonds between humans–and their dedication to protecting endangered animals–all while weaving eye-opening stories about the flora, fauna, geology, geography, and politics of sub-Saharan Africa.

In Running with Rhinos, Ed Warner—a mélange of scientist, environmentalist, and audacious adventurer—offers a rare glimpse into the frontlines of big game conservation. Fasten your seatbelt for a wild safari filled with with keen insights, wry humor, and even crashed helicopters!
—Scott D. Sampson, PhD, Vice President of Research & Collections, Denver Museum of Nature & Science; author of How to Raise a Wild Child; and, host of Dinosaur Train on PBS KIDS