The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird

Bruce Barcott, Author . Random $25.95 (313p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6293-5

Barcott (The Measure of a Mountain ) relates the dramatic and heart-rending story of one woman’s struggle to save the scarlet macaw in the tiny country of Belize. Sharon Matola, an eccentric American who directs the Belize Zoo, learned in 1999 that a Canadian power company planned to build a dam that would destroy the habitat of the 200 scarlet macaws remaining in Belize. Helped by native Belizeans and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Matola mounted a six-year campaign against the dam, undaunted by government officials who branded her an enemy of the state and threatened to destroy her zoo by locating a new national garbage dump next to it—a vindictive act halted only when Princess Anne of Great Britain, which gives Belize millions in aid, planned to speak out against it. But the combined forces of a determined corporation and a corrupt government were unrelenting, even after it was revealed that the power company’s geological studies of the site were faulty and the dam could put human lives at stake. Barcott’s compelling narrative is suspenseful right up to the last moment. (Feb. 12)

Reviewed on: 11/26/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 313 pages - 978-0-8129-7313-6
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 234 pages - 978-1-58836-800-3
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