Alligator & Crocodile Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife

Overview

Crocodilians is the scientific name for crocodiles, alligators, gharials and caimans. Collectively they area walking, breathing link to the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 240 million years ago. And they look even more fierce as long as a pickup truck, and with giant mouths full of razor-sharp teeth.

Loathed for their eating habits and adored for their skins, alligators and crocodiles were hunted almost to extinction. But thanks to some creative conservation efforts the status ...

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Overview

Crocodilians is the scientific name for crocodiles, alligators, gharials and caimans. Collectively they area walking, breathing link to the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 240 million years ago. And they look even more fierce as long as a pickup truck, and with giant mouths full of razor-sharp teeth.

Loathed for their eating habits and adored for their skins, alligators and crocodiles were hunted almost to extinction. But thanks to some creative conservation efforts the status of crocodilians has improved dramatically. Even though some populations are thriving, others are still at risk. Eight species remain on the endangered list, and some hover on the edge of extinction.

Alligator and Crocodile Rescue profiles the major programs and people around the world who are active in the conservation efforts to help these animals:

  • Rene Hedegaard founded Denmark's Krokodille Zoo,
    which breeds and cares for 70 crocs from 19 species
  • Christine Brewton is a member of Louisiana Fur and Alligator Advisory Council, which actually protects wild gators and their habitat
  • Yosapong Temsiripong is a conservationist from Thailand who works to introduce captive-bred Siamese crocodiles into the wild.

Illustrated with 50 color photographs, Alligator and Crocodile Rescue covers the people, the issues and the challenges involved in preserving a future for endangered wildlife.

About the Firefly Animal Rescue series:

The Firefly Animal Rescue identifies endangered and threatened species and what is being done to protect them. Combining lively, accessible text and stunning color photographs, each book provides a detailed overview of the species, describing its characteristics, behavior, habits, physiology and more.

"These attractive books are a call to action... fascinating readable accounts."
- School Library Journal

"Succinct introductions to the science and practice of wildlife conservation... written in accessible, lively language."
- Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

Green Teacher - Debra Bridgman
Award winning... With beautiful photography and inspiring examples of individuals passionately devoted to wildlife conservation, these are excellent resource for the classroom or school library.
Wildlife Activist
[reviewed with Bear Rescue and Rainforest Bird Rescue] Suitable for gifts to reading age children and as communication tools for all ages. Nicely done.
Canadian Materials, Vol. 13, No. 9 - Gillian Richardson
Author Trish Snyder has an engaging, easy-reading style that will appeal to young readers as well as adults. As expected with this series, the photographs are top quality and enhance the information in the text.
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Starred Selection
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Each volume clearly outlines the various threats to survival of one group of animals and introduces readers to organizations and individuals trying to save them. Although the future looks grim in many cases, the books also note successes such as the reestablishment of the American alligator in Louisiana. Numerous photographs document the work of scientists, conservationists, educators, and other people around the world who are committed to wildlife preservation. Two pages of "fast facts" cover topics such as the animals' size, life span, senses, and diet while a double-page world map highlights where various species can be found. The brief coverage allotted to each topic sometimes results in a choppy presentation, but overall, the books are effective overviews rather than in-depth discussions. Readers who want to learn more about research or conservation related to these animals can consult the list of organizations and Web sites at the back of each title.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979198
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Series: Firefly Animal Rescue Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Trish Snyder is a journalist and award-winning writer whose articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers.

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Table of Contents

Today's Dinosaurs
Where Do Crocs Live?
The Story So Far
Crocs and Gators: What's the Difference?
Incredible Shrinking Wetlands
ON THE FRONTLINES: Iwokrama Forest, Guyana
Crocs on the Attack
ON THE FRONTLINES: Proyecto Yacaré, Argentina
Reptiles on Runways
Working with "The Enemy"
ON THE FRONTLINES: Gator Aid
AT WORK: Christine Brewton
Crocs in the Kitchen
AT WORK: Rene Hedegaard
Trouble with the Neighbors
AT WORK: Ramamurthy Bhanumathi
ON THE FRONTLINES: Philippine CROC Project
The Need to Breed
ON THE FRONTLINES Chinese Alligators
Risky Reproduction
AT WORK: Yosapong Temsiripong
Turn Down the Heat
AT WORK: Louis Guillette
What is the Croc's
Future?
Fast Facts
How You Can Help
Index
Photo Credits
Author's Note

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First Chapter

Today's Dinosaur

When dinosaurs ruled the earth 240 million years ago, guess who roamed along with them? Crocodilians -- including crocs, alligators, gharials and caimans -- are a walking, breathing link to the archosaurs, an ancient group of animals that included dinosaurs. Crocs look fierce: they have giant mouths lined with dozens of dagger-sharp teeth, and they can grow longer than a pick-up truck!

Unfortunately, while dinosaurs are dearly loved, crocs and gators are widely loathed -- especially for their dining habits. Using a deadly combination of speed and surprise, they occasionally prey on our cattle or pets. And in rare cases, they attack people. They caused such fear that, less than a hundred years ago, some governments paid hunters to kill them.

If there's one thing we do like about crocodilians, though, it's their skin. After people discovered that these animals had a leathery hide that could be made into shoes and bags, the demand for crocs soared. They were hunted so ruthlessly that by 1971 every one of the 23 species was considered vulnerable or endangered.

So conservationists got creative. Instead of demanding an end to hunting, they encouraged it. Instead of protesting outside fashionable boutiques, they applauded every purchase. Instead of striking out at hunters, traders, tanners (leather makers) and designers, they partnered with them. As long as people had a use for crocs, conservationists reasoned, they'd want to keep them around for a long time.

The status of crocodilians has improved dramatically thanks to conservationists, scientists, governments, farmers and traders around the globe. But there is still work to be done. While some populations are thriving, eight species remain on the endangered list, and some hover on the edge of extinction.

If there's one thing crocs have, it's staying power. They survived whatever wiped out the dinosaurs. They aren't likely to give up just yet.

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