extinct – index numerical crises but also each imply a culturally specific
and even ontologically changed conditions.2 Another example can be
found in the proliferation of ‘last’ books on animals: The Last Tiger, The
Last Lions, The Last Panda, The Last Polar Bear, The Last of the Curlews,
Last Chance to See, Last Animals at the Zoo.
The depletion of animal populations has become such a globalphenomenon that, as the journalist J. B. MacKinnon puts it, ‘We live in a 10
Percent World’ (2013: 38). To a striking degree, animal populations
worldwide have been diminished to