With Honourable Intent - A Natural History of Fauna & Flora International
Author: Tim Knight (St Catharine's 1980)
Publisher: William Collins
With Honourable Intent is the previously untold story of an organisation that has been shaping and influencing conservation practice since its foundation in 1903. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world's first international wildlife conservation organisation and has been instrumental in creating much of today's global conservation infrastructure. It is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice: the eleventh-hour rescue of the Arabian oryx in 1962; the multifaceted Mountain Gorilla Project launched in 1978; Tunnels for Toads in 1987, one of countless campaigns on behalf of the UK's neglected amphibians, reptiles and bats; a 1994 botanical initiative in Turkey that anticipated the Important Plant Area concept; and, in 2000, the first programme to put biodiversity firmly on the agenda of blue-chip companies. Today, FFI has projects in over 40 countries encompassing temperate and tropical forests, grasslands and deserts, limestone landscapes, wetlands, mangroves and marine habitats. It safeguards some of the world's most iconic wildlife, including Sumatran tigers, mountain gorillas and Asian elephants, and continues to champion less familiar species such as the Siamese crocodile, the Saint Lucia racer and the saiga. Drawing on a rich archive of historical documents and photographs, this book provides a fascinating insight into some of the seminal moments in the organisation's evolution and reveals many of the colourful characters and unsung heroes with whom FFI has been associated, from its inception at the start of the previous century right through to the present day.