By Mark Jerome Walters

Will the 'Alala ever go back to the wild? A poultry sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family members, the 'Alala this day survives merely in captivity. How the species as soon as flourished, the way it has been pushed to near-extinction, and the way humans struggled to reserve it, is the gripping tale of Seeking the Sacred Raven.

For years, writer Mark Jerome Walters has tracked the sacred bird's position in Hawaiian tradition and the indomitable 'Alala's unhappy decline. hiking via Hawaii's rain forests excessive on Mauna Loa, speaking with biologists, landowners, and govt officers, he has woven an epic story of overlooked possibilities and the easiest intentions long past awry. A species that after numbered within the millions is now restricted to approximately 50 captive birds.

Seeking the Sacred Raven is as a lot approximately humans and tradition because it is ready failed rules. From the traditional Polynesians who first settled the island, to Captain cook dinner within the 18th century, to would-be saviors of the 'Alala within the Nineties, people with conflicting passions and priorities have formed Hawaii and the destiny of this dwindling cloud-forest species.

Walters captures brilliantly the internecine politics between inner most landowners, scientists, environmental teams, participants and govt corporations fighting over the bird's habitat and safeguard. it is only one species, just one poultry, yet looking the Sacred Raven illustrates vividly the various dimensions of species loss, for the human in addition to non-human world.

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