Animals at the Edge: Saving the World's Rarest Creatures

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The EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) of Existence program is a global conservation initiative aimed at saving rare species from extinction. This eye-opening book shows some of the important results of the group's work. Readers accompany real scientists on exciting scientific expeditions from the heights of the Cyclops Mountains in faraway West Papua, to the depths of the Yangtze River in China, to the forests of Haiti in the Caribbean, and the vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. Jonathan and...
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Overview


The EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) of Existence program is a global conservation initiative aimed at saving rare species from extinction. This eye-opening book shows some of the important results of the group's work. Readers accompany real scientists on exciting scientific expeditions from the heights of the Cyclops Mountains in faraway West Papua, to the depths of the Yangtze River in China, to the forests of Haiti in the Caribbean, and the vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. Jonathan and Marilyn Baillie’s lively narratives and stunning photographs introduce such special creatures as the bumblebee bat, so small it can fit on a fingertip; the Bactrian camel, capable of surviving the harshest desert conditions; and the slender loris, a nocturnal beast hunted for its mythical magic powers. There is also a sense of urgency here: these and the eight other animals profiled are evolutionarily unique, which means that if they don’t survive there will be nothing similar left on Earth and our global biodiversity will be weakened forever.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jamie Hain
Animals are abundant in our world today, often living and even working side by side with humans, but while many domestic animal species are increasing in population, many more wild animal species' populations are decreasing, some to the extent that certain species are in danger of disappearing altogether. This book highlights several of those animal species that are at the greatest risk of extinction, introducing readers to the habitat and lifestyle of these creatures, many of which are the only ones left in their branch of the evolutionary family tree. From the tiny bumblebee bat, to the large pygmy hippopotamus, readers journey around the globe, learning not only about the endangered animals, but also about how predators and habitat changes threaten those species as well as any conservation projects underway to protect these animals. Bright, colorful pages that use field pictures, interesting fact bubbles, and easy-to-read text keep the readers engaged as they learn. Readers also get the chance to meet the individual scientists fighting to protect these amazing animals and see the research and conservation process in action by reading the scientists' field notes and follow-up plans. Focusing on the work of the Zoological Society of London's EDGE of Existence program, this highly informative book would make an excellent gift to any animal lover and a great addition to any library, classroom, or camp collection with programs focusing on the environment, evolution, extinction, or animal conservation. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
Kirkus Reviews
The Zoological Society of London's Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) project identifies species that are severely endangered and not receiving public attention. Focusing on 11 EDGE animals and the scientists studying them, the book provides a broad overview of the issues these animals must confront to survive. Three to six color photographs, several paragraphs of text about each animal, a text-box biography of the scientist and a "notebook page" with the scientist's "to-do" list appear on most double-page spreads, sometimes creating a cluttered appearance. The introduction states, "Each animal is the last of its kind alive on this Earth," a potentially confusing statement, since their populations vary from possibly extinct to several thousand. A useful color map pinpoints the locations of the animals profiled. Unfortunately, the story never broadens to include either other conservation efforts or any indication that there are many other creatures nearing extinction. Still, the combination of scientist profiles and excellent animal photographs may well inspire some future conservationists. (map, glossary, index, description of EDGE project) (Nonfiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897349335
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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