"In the great tradition of 18th century naturalists and adventurers, Brooke Bessesen travels the world to study animals. Swimming in the oceans off Costa Rica, the British West Indies, Tahiti and Hawaii with all manner of large marine fauna, and traveling on safari in Africa she strives to satisfy a curiosity about wildlife that has simmered since childhood." —Gail Cochrane, Liberty Wildlife
Brooke has worked with wildlife for over thirty years. She's been eye-to-eye with humpback whales and surrounded by free-flying California condors. She has hand-raised a baby wallaby. Rehabbed a rattlesnake. Trained a tiger. And photo-identified dozens of wild bottlenose dolphins.
Her new book Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, called a "passionate… heartfelt and alarming tale" by Publishers Weekly, attempts to untangle the intricate controversies behind the precipitous decline of the world's smallest cetacean.
MORE PRAISE FOR VAQUITA
A lucid, informed, and gripping account...a must-read. —Science
Compelling. —Library Journal
Intrepid conservation detective story. —Nature
A well-told and moving tale of environmentalism and conservation. —Kirkus
Wonderful, heartbreaking… beautifully written. —Nature Conservancy