Conservation biology is interesting to study because it is a relatively new discipline that provides a picture of the impact that human activities have had on the natural world. Unfortunately, much of this recent impact has resulted in the loss of species and habitat. Yet, in Tigerland, Dinerstein argues that “the combined efforts of people working on behalf of conservation proves the point that against enormous odds, a single individual can make a difference in the world if he or she embraces the cause of safeguarding the future of the planet’s millions of species so dependent on us for survival.”
As you read Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations, you should complete this reading log. Use the instructions provided to help you fill out the log.
Instructions for Reading Log
For each chapter, find one quote or passage that falls into each of these categories:
(1) Passages that reveal something about the author’s view of the human impact on conservation. Is it optimistic, pessimistic, hopeful, etc.?
(2) Passages that describe obstacles or dangers faced by the author in the field.
(3) Passages that describe people that the author admired or found interesting.
(4) Passages that describe wildlife that the author was studying or trying to save.
In the first column, write the number which indicates the category passage (1, 2, 3, or 4); in the second column, copy the passage from the book; and in the third column, write down your observation or response to the quotation including any questions that you might have.
After you have finished reading the book, you will write a brief essay on one of these topics:
Use your notes from the reading log to help you write the essay.
Tigerland Reading Log
*See note below
(Include Chapter and page number)
* (1) Human Impact (2) Obstacles/Dangers (3) Interesting People (4) Wildlife
Instructions for Writing Essay
Write a brief essay on one of these topics:
Use information that you have gathered from reading Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations, as well as any other credible sources, to write a brief essay in response to one of the questions. Be sure to use your reading log to find supporting details from the book. Include footnotes to reference any quotations, statistics, or other information that you have used to write your essay and be sure to include all of these sources in a bibliography.
A well-researched and well-written essay should contain all of these elements: