Book Review: The Giant Otter. Giants of the Amazon.

Author: Jessica Groenendijk
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Pages: 216

For the photographs alone, this is the most amazing book dedicated to any species of otter I’ve ever seen. Its an intimate, educational and a dedicated love letter to the Giant Otter. The photographs capture all aspects of a daily and communal life of these Amazonian creatures in their natural habitat. Without even delving into the written content, this is a book I would repeated look through and feel joy.

However, this book is a lot more than just expedition photographs. This is a comprehensive guide to the Giant Otter. Within th not a book to digest in one sitting, but one you will drift in and out of many, many times.

I found the most important sections came towards the back of the book. Firstly there’s a chapter detailing all the issues that have caused the population decrease, and near extinction, of this beautiful species. It gives you an idea of how much of a destructive impact humans are having on the planet. There is then a chapter giving ideas of what we can do to help. For me, this is the most important chapter of all. It’s easy to come up with the problems, it really is something else to provide some solutions.

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