The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen

2015 National Outdoor Book Award Winner: Design & Artistic Merit

A collection of unparalleled photographs—spanning forty years and seven continents—by one of the world’s foremost wildlife photographers. Capturing the splendor of wild places and intimate moments with animals, this luxurious volume chronicles legendary nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen’s photographic adventures in the field. Driven by a passion for sharing and preserving the Earth’s last great wild places, Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as a natural history photographer and artist. From majestic elephants and giraffes on the plains of Kilimanjaro to polar bears in the Arctic, and from mountains and prairies to primordial jungles, Mangelsen invites us to witness fleeting wildness. A quiet call to action, an inventory of our planet as it battles climate change, and a celebration of wildness and its intrinsic value, The Last Great Wild Places is a record of the Earth’s last great locales, one that will inspire present and future generations with the message that what we have can, and must, be saved.

About The Author

Thomas D. Mangelsen is among the most distinguished natural history photographers in the world, and his honors include being named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography. His work has been published widely, including in National Geographic and American Photo, as well as exhibited in museums and galleries. Todd Wilkinson is a professional journalist and the author of several books, including Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet, and the critically acclaimed Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War on Nature and Truth. Jane Goodall, known for her landmark chimpanzee study, is the most recognizable figure in conservation today.

  • Publish Date: October 21, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Individual Photographers - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 18-1/2 x 12
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $100.00
  • CDN Price: $130.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-2742-0


"Nobody is better than Mangelsen" -Drake Magazine

The Last Great Wild Places: Rewilding Through Photographs. When I look at the images it makes me feel good, and it's difficult to imagine that others will not share the same experience of awe and magnificence. While we won't be able to get back what we've lost, there still are plenty of awe-inspiring landscapes and animals who can fill our hearts and heads with joy. I hope The Last Great Wild Places enjoys a broad and global readership. It is perfect for people of all ages including youngsters. And, what's great about this book is that all one needs to do is look at and marvel at the photographs and imagine what it would be like to be there, as was Mr. Mangelsen. It also would be a valuable lesson to imagine what a tragedy it would be if, in the future, assembling a book like this would be impossible to do because the use of the word "wild" would be utterly and singularly misleading.” –Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today

"This magnificent book will catch your breath.  And once your breath returns to normal, and you turn the page, well, your heart will stop.  Within the covers of The Last Great Wild Places is the life work of accomplished photographer Thomas Mangelsen.  It is a work spanning forty years during which he has captured the beauty of the natural world on seven continents.  Photography this good deserves special treatment, and the publisher has left no stone unturned in creating a book of the highest quality.  The reproductions are exquisite—and the photographs, had they been printed on separate sheets, could have been mounted and hung on a wall.  This is as close as it gets to a gallery visit and what better exhibit to take in than the enthralling work of Thomas Mangelsen. "

Author Bookshelf: Thomas D. Mangelsen

Author Bookshelf: Todd Wilkinson

Author Bookshelf: Jane Goodall