To read a beautiful piece of writing is always a great pleasure, but to hear it read aloud by the author brings the work into a new dimension. In the Summer issue of Tricycle environmentalist Rick Bass continues his exploration of the relationship between humans and animals, and reminds us of the importance of protecting the fantastic creatures of reality.

To hear Rick read “Totem Animals,” the latest installment from his Animal Realm column, click here.

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