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Pfeiffer Biology Professor Featured in New Book Acclaiming the Work of 40 Leading Conservationists

Luke Dollar Fossa resizedDr. Luke Dollar Noted for His 20-Year Commitment to Preserving Madagascar's Fossa

Dr. Luke Dollar, associate professor of Biology, Pfeiffer University, is one of a handful of people worldwide to be featured in the new book Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Saving (Running Press, March 2012).

The book, authored by wildlife conservationists Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken, provides real-life stories, photographs and information designed to draw attention to and help save species in decline. With chapter introductions written by author Kuki Gallman (I Dreamed of Africa), actors Ted Danson and Stefanie Powers, Congressman Jay Inslee (D-Washington), and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and television celebrity Jack Hanna as well as an endorsement by Dr. Jane Goodall, one of the world's most recognized wildlife scientists, the book aims to bring broader awareness to the critical efforts taking place to save endangered species.

Dr. Dollar and his work with Madagascar's fossa, a unique carnivore that resembles a short, elongated cougar, are featured in the chapter titled, "Earth: Working on the Ground.” Involved with carnivore conservation in Africa for two decades, Dollar, who is also a National Geographic Explorer and program director for National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, directs the world's only long-term study of the fossa.  In addition to his work with wildlife, the humanitarian aspects of his conservation programs have provided educational opportunities, health care and livelihoods to thousands of people on the island nation of Madagascar.

“Luke is great example of a true wildlife hero,” said author Jeff Flocken.  “Thanks to his innovative, on-the-ground work for carnivores, these populations have a better chance of survival in to the indefinite future.”

Wildlife Heroes may be purchased on and will be available in bookstores and online starting March 6. For more information, visit  The authors are donating 100 percent of profits to helping imperiled wildlife and supporting the work of those featured in the book.

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