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Following the Last Wild Wolves

by (author) Ian McAllister

foreword by Paul C. Paquet

contributions by Chris Darimont

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2011
Wildlife, Essays
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
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For twenty years, Ian McAllister has explored the rugged north coast of British Columbia, known as the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the last places on the planet where wolves live in an undisturbed way. This book describes McAllister's experiences over that period following two packs of wolves, one that dominates the extreme outer coastal islands, and another that lives farther inland in the heart of the temperate rainforest.

McAllister, along with Chris Darimont and Paul C. Paquet, were the first to document the unique behavior of these animals in The Last Wild Wolves. In Following the Last Wild Wolves McAllister brings readers up to date describing what has happened to the wolves and their environment since the book first appeared. He chronicles their unique behavior as they fish for salmon in the fall, target seals hauled out on rocks in winter, and give birth to their young in spring. He also describes the work of scientists with the Raincoast Conservation Society who have been studying the wolves and explains how their science corroborates his own observations and the traditional knowledge of the area’s Native people. Most interestingly, the results of these studies reveal a genetically distinct population of wolves independent of and separate from all other known wolf populations on the planet.

About the authors


Ian McAllister is a co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild. He is an award-winning photographer and author of The Great Bear Rainforest, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. He has been honoured by the Globe & Mail as one of 133 highly accomplished Canadians, and he and his wife, Karen McAllister, were named by Time magazine one of the ""Leaders of the 21st Century"" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has won the North America Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero award. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of The Great Bear Rainforest.


Ian McAllister's profile page

Paul C. Paquet's profile page


Chris Darimont holds a PhD in biology from the University of Victoria, where his dissertation grew out of the Raincoast Conservation Society's Rainforest Wolf Project. His work has been recognized by numerous awards, among them an Excellence in Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Chris Darimont's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"...written in an easy narrative style and communicates both scientific information as well as the author's deep feelings for the subject"—Book News

Librarian Reviews

Following the Last Wild Wolves

McAllister, a conservation biologist who spent 20 years documenting the unique role wolves play in the temperate rainforest, explores the captivating, elusive lifestyle of coastal wolves in this book. Observing over 40 wolf packs, he reveals his team’s fascinating primary research about the least studied wolves in North America. McAllister’s personalized observations provide an intimate look into the daily life of rainforest wolves, wolves that are not found anywhere else in the world. These fascinating creatures can swim distances of up to 10 km, devour an unsuspecting black bear and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with ravens. Drawing parallels between wolves and humans while including insights from a First Nations researcher, this is an eloquently written book.

McAllister is coauthor of The Great Bear Rainforest.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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