The Last Wild Island
This is the story of Tetepare, the South Pacific's largest uninhabited island. One and a half centuries after headhunters fled the island, Tetepare's virgin rainforest and teeming coral reefs were pitted again destructive logging companies and greedy 'big men'. Yet from the darkest years of the Solomon Island's ethnic tension arose the nations' first world-class conservation initiative
This ten year rollercoaster follow the dreams, fears and battles of the Tetepare tribe and their environmental volunteers. Shipwrecks, malaria and broken promises were overshadowed by nesting turtles, inquisitive dugongs and a gradual embracing of conservation in leaf-house villages. Peppered with humorous anecdotes and accessible ecological explanation, The Last Wild Island: Saving Tetepare will entertain and inform about the culture, society and wildlife of this intriguing island nation.
John Read is an acclaimed and passionate ecologist and author, with a PhD in Ecosystem Management. John and his wife Katherine fought in the battle to save Tetepare Island and remain actively involved as Patrons of the Tetepare Descendant's Association.
"This is a journey to one of the last wild specks of land left on Earth by an author every bit as readable as Tim Flannery – a page turner that will leave readers dazzled that such an island still exists”.James Woodford
“An inspirational adventure by an observant and passionate storyteller” Dick Smith:
“It’s a terrific read. John writes articulately with endearing self-deprecation in a rollicking boy’s-own-adventure narrative style” Lonely Planet: