"Kingdom of Rarities"

"Kingdom of Rarities"

One wildlife biologist is tracking the planet's rarest animals, in hopes of understanding why they’re scarce and what it means for all species. We explore his research, and how technology is helping catalog the world's biodiversity.

Why are some creatures, like robins, so common, while others, like the maned wolf, so rare? Surprisingly, human activity isn't to blame in most cases. Rarity, it turns out, is very common in nature, and of the estimated 15 million species on Earth, most are very few in number. One wildlife biologist is tracking the planet's rarest animals in hopes of understanding why they’re scarce and what it means for other species. We explore his research, and how technology is helping catalog the world's biodiversity.

Guests

Eric Dinerstein

Lead Scientist and Vice President Conservation Science, World Wildlife Fund US; author, "The Kingdom of Rarities" (Island Press, 2013)

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