Jeff Corwin's "100 Heartbeats"

Animal expert races to save the world's most endangered species.

By SusanTaylor
|  Monday, Nov 16, 2009  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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Jeff Corwin's "100 Heartbeats"

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A duck and a flamingo eat out of the same feeding trough in the Hellabrunn animal park in the southern German city of Munich on August 1, 2008. The flamingo is most common to the Western Hemisphere but can also be found in the Eastern Hemisphere. (Joerg Koch, AFP / Getty Images)

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Animal expert and TV  host Jeff Corwin has been travelling the world to bring into focus how important animal extinction is.

Corwin stopped by the NBC 7-39 studios to talk about his new book and upcoming documentary.

"What I want people to get from this book," said Corwin, "is that  the most dangerous thing is for people to feel like they don't have power."

From an orphaned chimpanzee whose  mother was killed by hunters,  to polar bears in the arctic becoming extinct due to global climate change,  to the bald eagle population in North America--these and many other stories are highlighted as Corwin travels around the world to show readers some of the species on the edge of extinction.

"I wrote this book selfishly," said Corwin. "I wrote if for my daughters because, it's .not just for us, but for the next generation."

Corwin's documentary "100 Heartbeats, The Race To Save Earth's Mst Enangered Secies" will be featured on MSNBC on November 22.
 

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