Reviews for The Last Wild Wolves


"Without a doubt, this book has some of the best images of wild wolves that you'll ever see . . . the most valuable part of this book is the familiarity it gives with a true pearl of an ecosystem that is relatively intact. McAllister's passion to protect the Great Bear Rainforest is evident, and the narrative he waves shines a light that will surely enhance public appreciation and raise awareness, which may lead to its preservation." —BBC Wildlife


"Unleash your inner wild thing with this beautiful account of the marine wolves of northern British Columbia." —National Post


"This book will leave you slack-jawed at the wonders of the wild wolf and educated about the raw deal humans are giving them . . . McAllister documents with passion how the lives of these coastal wolves are so interconnected with their half-land, half-water habitat." —Calgary Herald


"The Last Wild Wolves is a sobering work, a book that brims with brilliance, emotion, and knowledge . . . Ian gets as up close and personal with the wolves as possible, with photos so intense you can see the wolves' eyes, and their penetrating stares that look right into the soul of those they make visual contact with." —Shelf Life


"For McAllister, wolves are anything but cold, bloodthirsty creatures. They are intelligent and fascinating animals, highly attuned to their environment and able to use cunning, skill and strength to hunt and kill prey. To gather material for the book, McAllister spent weeks and months following wolf packs, allowing time for the canines to become accustomed to his scent and presence. He has enough anecdotes from his trips to fill a stack of notebooks." —BC Bookworld


"A coffee-table book full of McAllister's photos plus a substantial and engaging text, Last Wild Wolves tells the story of a species most people know little about." —Monday Magazine


"A book sure to appeal to lovers of fine nature photography as much as to conservationists and environmentalists, The Last Wild Wolves is a coffee-table tome, but with well-written essays that carry a strong message of reverence for the disappearing wild, and a strong message about the interdependence of humans and the natural world." —Boulevard Magazine


"Mr. McAllister inherited his environmental ethic from his father, Peter, a shipping industry executive turned conservationist who led battles to protect wilderness areas on Vancouver Island . . . On a trip to support a blockade at Sulphur Pass in Clayoquot Sound in 1988, the elder Mr. McAllister 'volunteered' his then-19-year-old son to sit in a hanging wicker basked on a hillside to prevent blasting for a logging road into a disputed wilderness area. 'I sat in the basket reading Margaret Atwood novels and slapping mosquitoes,' Ian McAllister recalled. 'It introduced me to front-line activism.'" —Globe & Mail


"McAllister's extraordinary photographs come from waiting for his subjects to show themselves. He watches from tree platforms built over rivers where the wolves catch salmon, and he shoots while sitting motionless among packs that have consented to tolerate his presence among them . . . The resulting photos are thrilling, especially the close-ups of wolves' faces . . . and the panoramic landscape shots, but the word-pictures conjured by McAllister's text are equally vivid." —Victoria Times Colonist


"McAllister's deep love for the animals is palpable, and throughout the well-written account, we come to know and care for Ernest, Three Legs, and the other members of the packs he studies. He argues that wolves have much to teach us about larger questions of ecology, perseverance, and self-sacrifice." —Georgia Straight