Animal Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers: Saving Lives and Changing Hearts

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Enraptured with raptors? Love lions? Protective of pelicans? Rob Laidlaw's latest book has something for everyone. Having exposed the cruel treatment of animals in zoos and the entertainment industry with his two previous books, Rob Laidlaw sets out to show a more positive side of the human-animal relationship: animal sanctuaries. From a bird rescue center in Los Angeles to a bear rescue center in China, this book examines numerous efforts around the world to rescue and care for...

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Overview

Enraptured with raptors? Love lions? Protective of pelicans? Rob Laidlaw's latest book has something for everyone. Having exposed the cruel treatment of animals in zoos and the entertainment industry with his two previous books, Rob Laidlaw sets out to show a more positive side of the human-animal relationship: animal sanctuaries. From a bird rescue center in Los Angeles to a bear rescue center in China, this book examines numerous efforts around the world to rescue and care for animals in need.

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Gr 4–8—Laidlaw, a Canadian biologist and animal-rights activist, profiles a variety of sanctuaries throughout the world and the people who work to safeguard the wildlife. Examples include the elephants of a Canadian zoo that were suffering from lack of space and hostile weather conditions and were relocated to a more appropriate environment in California. Tortoises subjected to cruel conditions are now living happily in a sanctuary. In India, a large variety of birds has been rehabilitated, and, when appropriate, returned to the wild. Tigers, pigs, chimps, bears, lions, and camels have all suffered at the hands of cruel and careless custodians but with luck may find themselves in sanctuaries overseen by selfless guardians. The author offers the interesting stories behind the founding of many of these sanctuaries and presents uplifting conclusions to the many heart-wrenching stories of rescued animals. A section showing the difference between true sanctuaries and those neither meeting the needs of animals in their care nor preparing them for rehabilitation into the wild is useful for teaching children to think critically about what they see. The full-color photographs of wild animals being appropriately cared for lend interest to the stories. Laidlaw's commitment to his cause is apparent and presents a fine role model for young readers.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554552122
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 967,297
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Laidlaw is a chartered biologiest and founder of Zoocheck Canada, a wildlife protection organization. Wild Animals in Captivity was a finalist for the Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award and On Parade was the winner of the 2011 Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book Award.

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