"Ornata - The most beautiful chamois of the world"

Darwin Edizioni (Book release: 15th December 2011)






The book in a nutshell: 22 x 28 cm / Hardcover / 144 pages/ 130 pictures/ Parallel texts in English and Italian / Essays by ethologist Prof. Sandro Lovari (University of Siena) / Valuable, previously unpublished field sketches by wildlife illustrator Stefano Maugeri


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"The world's most beautiful chamois."

This is the uncompromising way in which the Apennine chamois Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata is described. A distinct subspecies that lives in the mountains of Abruzzo where, miraculously, it had escaped extinction at the beginning of the 20th century. Very little was known about the life of this symbol of Apennine wild nature, perfectly adapted to a world of sheer rock walls and steep slopes, and able to survive both the capriciousness of the mountain climate and ambushes of bears, wolves and eagles. At least this was the case until the ethologist Sandro Lovari undertook his first fundamental studies in the early 70s. Since then, Lovari and his team have followed, with a deep passion, the "people of the rocks." This same "chamois fever" has afflicted photographer Bruno D'Amicis, who has roamed the mountains of the Central Apennines since childhood, devoting over ten years to documenting both the biology of the species and the environment it inhabits. In this photographic work D'Amicis’ many stunning images and accounts of emotions experienced in the field are enriched by the authoritative contributions of Sandro Lovari and by the liveliness of Stefano Maugeri’s unique illustrations. This book is intended to be, first and foremost, a tribute to the beauty of this animal, a treasure of Italian nature and an ambassador for the precious natural heritage of the Apennines and a reminder of the need to protect them in their entirety.  

"The Last Stronghold"

Fifteen years in the company of bears


After three years of work and more than two hundred days spent in the field, the new book about the project to save the endangered wilderness of Tichá Valley in the Slovak Tatras is finally out!



"The Last Stronghold" is a large-format book presenting the unique pictures of the Italian wildlife photographer Bruno D'Amicis and the first-hand wilderness stories written by the Slovak conservationist Erik Baláz. Bears, wolves, deer, chamois, eagles are just some of the protagonists of this book. Follow the authors in their adventures to document and preserve this last mountain wilderness in Europe!

The book in a nutshell: 21 cm x 27 cm / Hardcover / 240 pages / 130 Photographs / Texts in English. For a preview of the book, click here.


NEW!!! Together with the book and for only €6 more and no extra shipping costs, now you can order here also the DVD of the prize-winning wildlife film by Erik Baláz and Robert Rajchl "Keeper of the Wilderness", which features the bears and the wilderness of Tichá Valley! For a preview, click here


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