March 26, 2014

Book Review of Endangered Animals of Laos

Title:  Endangered Animals of Laos / ​ສັດ​ປ່າ​ທີ່​ຍາກ​ໃນ​ລາວ
Written and Drawn by:  Afra O'Shea
Publisher/Year:  Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and CIDSE, 2001
Price:  20,000 kip

Book Review:  Endangered Animals of Laos by Afra O'Shea

I have books on animals in Laos and they're all written in English and definitely aimed at adult readers or a scholarly audience.  I often thought how useful it'd be to have a book aimed at a younger audience that would teach Lao kids about the animals in Laos and in particular something that would help educate them on the endangered animals so I was quite happy to find this.  Even though I only found it on my recent December 2013 trip, this book was in fact first published in 2001!  I wonder why I never came across it back in 2003 when I had visited then?

This book is colorfully and beautifully illustrated and written entirely in Lao however the animal names are also shown in English and in their scientific Latin name.   It was published by the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry with support from CIDSE (a Catholic charity and non-government organization).

Book Review:  Endangered Animals of Laos by Afra O'Shea

The list of animals mentioned is quite interesting as some of them I'd heard of before but some were new to me so I can honestly say I learned something new from reading this kid's book!  This is easily an invaluable resource in the classroom.

For those who might be curious, here's the complete list of animals that are described and illustrated in this wonderful little book (also the table of contents is shown below as well):

Pygmy Loris, Francois' Langur, Douc Langur, Yellow-Cheeked Gibbon, Pileated Gibbon, Dhole, Malayan Sun Bear, Back-Striped Weasel, Smooth-Coated Otter, Large-Spotted Civet, Spotted Linsang, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Marbled Cat, Irrawaddy Dolphin, Asian Elephant, Saola, Kouphrey, Javan Rhinoceros, Banteng, Black Giant Squirrel, Inornate Squirrel, Striped Rabbit, Chinese Three-Striped Box Turtle, Siamese Crocodile, Oriental Darter, Spot-Billed Pelican, Sarus Crane, Greater Adjutant, Giant Ibis, White-Winged Wood Duck, Brahminy Kite, Red-Headed Culture, White-Rumped Falcon, Pied Falconet, Siamese Fireback Phesant, Crested Argus, Masked Finfoot, River Lapwing, Black-Bellied Tern, Indian Skimmer, Alexandrine Parakeet, Coral-Billed Ground Cuckoo, Collared Owlet, Crested Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Great Hornbill, Rufuous-Necked Hornbill, Red-Collared Woodpecker, Sooty Babbler, Short-Tailed Parrotbill, Baya Weaver, Ratched-Tailed Treepie, Green Peafowl

Book Review:  Endangered Animals of Laos by Afra O'Shea

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