Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries and Hope | online

Bison among grassland against a backdrop of distant mountains

Organised by the Linnean Society. The event is free to attend, however, the society asks you to consider a donation.

20 June 2024, 18:00-19:20 BST

Christopher Preston presents a gripping narrative of how some species are taking back vital, ecological roles.


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Philosopher and conservationist Christopher Preston tells stories from his recent book "Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals". Animals back on the landscape after an absence get a second chance at being understood. Today's knowledge of ecology and wildlife biology puts us in a better position to share our surroundings. And animal returns are not only good for biodiversity. They can be good for the climate and for our moral selves.

Christopher Preston's book is included in the New Yorker's "Best Books of 2023, So Far" list and is a  2024 PROSE Award Finalist: Popular Science and Mathematics.

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"Researchers increasingly maintain that religious beliefs evolve, along with emotional traits and aesthetic sensibilities, including perceptions that nature is beautiful. These scholars argue that such characteristics co-evolve with values and practices and are passed to future generations because they promote healthy and resilient human-nature connections." The IPBES Values assessment report on worldviews, religion and values (page 53).


About the speaker Christopher J. Preston

Christopher J. Preston is an English-born writer and philosophy professor based in Missoula, MT. He has written on topics related to wildlife, environment, climate, and technology for venues that include The Atlantic, Orion, Smithsonian, Discover, the BBC, Sierra, the Wall Street Journal and numerous academic venues.


The Linnean Society of London

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active society devoted to natural history. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith (1759–1828), who was its first President, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in our keeping since 1829. [...] Our vision is a world where nature is understood, valued and protected. To do this we aim to inform, involve and inspire people about nature and its significance through our collections, events and publications. Thanks to the wide ranging expertise of our Fellowship and our unique collections, we are a hub for science communication through interdisciplinary learning and engagement.

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Photo by Goutham Ganesh Sivanandam on Unsplash: American bison (Bos bison, sometimes Bison bison) in Wyoming, USA. The species is also known as American buffalo. Christopher J. Preston included it in his book as one example of species that defied global trends toward extinction.