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By: Ann Göth

Volcanic Adventures in Tonga - Species Conservation on Tin Can Island

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The wonder of the South Pacific comes alive in this real-life adventure story. A travel memoir based on the experiences of a young conservation scientist in Tonga. The delights and harsh realities of life on tropical islands are revealed in detail.


Are you a traveller with a wanderlust for faraway islands, an enthusiast for Tongan culture, an explorer wanting to learn about a mysterious part of the world, or a lover of exotic birds? This thrilling adventure takes you to far-away places – volcanoes overdue to erupt and coral cays rarely visited by most people.

 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live a simple existence on a remote Pacific Island? To leave the world behind and live in ‘Tongan Time’? Are you intrigued to learn about the mysterious ‘volcano bird’ that buries its eggs and abandons its chicks completely?

 

Join Ann and her boyfriend on a 17-month escapade on the isolated Tongan islands, where they try to save an endangered bird from extinction while living in a very different culture to their own. Guided by a youthful passion for conservation and authentic cultures, Ann tests her physical and mental stamina when confronted with cyclones, stifling humidity, stinging bugs, little fresh food, illness, and the imminent danger of volcanic eruptions.

 

This book is likely to leave you grateful for home comforts of electricity, showers, the internet and books to read, or perhaps it will entice you to consider a life changing adventure of your own. You can achieve far more than you ever imagine! 

Dr Ann Göth is an ecologist, high school teacher, public speaker and passionate writer. She is co-author of Moundbuilders, a book about megapode birds in Australia. Her career has taken her from Austria to islands in Tonga, the UN in Geneva and to universities, government agencies and schools in Australia. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and son. Ann’s writing reflects a strong passion to bring natural history and conservation issues closer to non-scientists and scientists alike. This book is a vivid account of her very first adventure as a conservation ecologist.

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  • Clara Fay, Author of Mark of a Crescent Moon

    Volcanic Adventures in Tonga - Species Conservation on Tin Can Island by author Ann Göth is an enthralling account of a scientific project that touched my heart in ways that surprised and delighted me from beginning to end.

    This tale goes beyond being a travel memoir and a documentation of a conservation project. In fact, the success of the scientific project becomes a moot point—what shines through Ann's words is the resilience of the human spirit. And what can be accomplished through kindness, understanding, and an open heart that embraces other cultures.

    Ann's factual account of her and Ivo's experiences brought the harsh everyday challenges of living and working on the remote and sparsely inhabited island of Niuafo'ou vividly to my mind. I could taste the brackish drinking water, feel the oppressive humidity, and sense the relentless onslaught on the body from nutrient deprivation. Ann's telling of how these two passionate scientists navigated the many difficulties of the somewhat primitive conditions on the island provided an immersive experience that had me right there with them.

    Importantly, Ann's sensitive and warm writing style deftly provided me with a view into the social and hierarchal aspects of the Tongan community and how she and Ivo interacted with the local Tongan people to survive and thrive. It was both informative and poignant.

    This is a hauntingly beautiful tale that will stay with me for a very long time.

  • Clara Fay, Author of Mark of a Crescent Moon

    Volcanic Adventures in Tonga - Species Conservation on Tin Can Island by author Ann Göth is an enthralling account of a scientific project that touched my heart in ways that surprised and delighted me from beginning to end.

    This tale goes beyond being a travel memoir and a documentation of a conservation project. In fact, the success of the scientific project becomes a moot point—what shines through Ann's words is the resilience of the human spirit. And what can be accomplished through kindness, understanding, and an open heart that embraces other cultures.

    Ann's factual account of her and Ivo's experiences brought the harsh everyday challenges of living and working on the remote and sparsely inhabited island of Niuafo'ou vividly to my mind. I could taste the brackish drinking water, feel the oppressive humidity, and sense the relentless onslaught on the body from nutrient deprivation. Ann's telling of how these two passionate scientists navigated the many difficulties of the somewhat primitive conditions on the island provided an immersive experience that had me right there with them.

    Importantly, Ann's sensitive and warm writing style deftly provided me with a view into the social and hierarchal aspects of the Tongan community and how she and Ivo interacted with the local Tongan people to survive and thrive. It was both informative and poignant.

    This is a hauntingly beautiful tale that will stay with me for a very long time.

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