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WWF's Chief Scientist, Eric Dinerstein, Wins AAAS Prize for His Book Tigerland

WASHINGTON— Eric Dinerstein’s book Tigerland has won the 2007 AAAS/Subaru Science Book and Films (SB&F) Prize for Excellence in Science Books in the Young Adult category.  The awards are given for recently published works that promote scientific literacy, are scientifically sound, and foster an understanding and appreciation of science in readers of all ages.

The AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. AAAS and Subaru co-sponsor these prizes to promote science literacy by drawing attention to the importance of good science writing and illustration.

Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinationsis published by Island Press and features a series of autobiographical essays about Dinerstein’s travels and efforts to preserve wildlife and wildlands. He describes his not-always-enjoyable adventures seeking tigers inNepal, giant river otters on the Orinoco River in the Amazon Basin, snow leopards in Kashmir, and bats in Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest.  Woven into his narrative are portraits of environmentalists and considerations of critical conservation issues such as ecotourism, habitat fragmentation, and ecosystem restoration. The book provides a quiet yet compelling introduction to conservation biology.


For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature.  The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United Statesand close to 5 million globally.  WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level, from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.