The Last Basselope

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The Last Basselope, One Ferocious Story
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Author Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator Berkeley Breathed
Cover artist Berkeley Breathed
Country United States
Language English
Series Bloom County
Genre Comedy
Publisher Little Brown & Co
Publication date
April 1, 1992

The Last Basselope is a children's book by Berkeley Breathed published in 1992. [1] [2] The 32 page story depicts Breathed's Outland characters, led by Opus the Penguin, [3] hunting the last remaining specimen of a purportedly fierce beast called a Basselope. [4] Once found, the beastnamed Rosebudturns out to be friendly and harmless. [3]

Berkeley Breathed American cartoonist

Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed is an American cartoonist, children's book creator, director and screenwriter, best known for his comic strips Bloom County, Outland, and Opus. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987.

Opus the Penguin

Opus the Penguin is a fictional character created by artist Berkeley Breathed. Breathed has described him as an "existentialist penguin" and the favorite of his many characters.

The following are minor characters from Berkeley Breathed's comic strip Bloom County. Though significant enough to have appeared multiple times in the strip, they were not crucial to the strip's overall development, and disappeared without much explanation long before Breathed segued into his next comic, Outland.

The book has been recommended as a resource with which to teach about the concept of endangered species and extinction. [4]

Endangered species Species of organisms facing a very high risk of extinction

An endangered species is a species which has been categorized as very likely to become extinct. Endangered (EN), as categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, is the second most severe conservation status for wild populations in the IUCN's schema after Critically Endangered (CR).

Extinction Termination of a taxon by the death of the last member

In biology, extinction is the termination of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon),for example, the species social life has been extinct for years usually a species. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point. Because a species' potential range may be very large, determining this moment is difficult, and is usually done retrospectively. This difficulty leads to phenomena such as Lazarus taxa, where a species presumed extinct abruptly "reappears" after a period of apparent absence.

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  1. University of Chicago Press, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Volume 46 (1992), p. 141.
  2. M. Keith Booker, Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (2014), p. 916.
  3. 1 2 Gale Group, Something about the Author, Volume 86 (1996), p. 27.
  4. 1 2 David Martin, Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach (2008), p. 435.