Life Behind Bars by Julian Starks

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Pub date April 10, 2020

ISBN 978-1645309055

Price $49.00 (USD) Hardcover, $47.77 Kindle

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Author, photographer, and first-time documentary filmmaker Julian Starks brings an informative and heartfelt portrayal of the animals on the brink of extinction, and the necessity of their captivity for their own protection, and that of their species. Traveling around United States, Starks has constructed a powerful visual record of magnificent animals facing harsh challenges. Among them are Chinese alligator coping with habitat loss, Asian elephant in a losing battle with human settlements, Big cats reducing in numbers because of prey based depletion, and African penguin threatened by climate change. The animals featured in these pages are either critically endangered or vulnerable or fall under least concern category. From the majestic African lion to Marcgrave capuchin monkeys, Starks’s photographs bring the reader eye to eye with the harsh realities of animals trying to survive in the wild. Explaining many dangers and natural calamities that threaten the survival of endangered and vulnerable species of animals, Starks argues that sanctuaries are a necessary evil and the captivity of the animals is a must for their own protection as well as protection of their species. The stunning, eye-catching portraits are shot with mostly dark backgrounds, bringing even the most familiar animals in the focus. This page-turner is sure to captivate not only animal lovers or nature enthusiasts but also make for a gorgeous coffee table book.


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