Animals on the Edge: Science Races to Save Species Threatened with Extinction

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Animals on the Edge aligns young readers with scientists, conservationists, and educators who are committed to the preservation of animals around the world.

The informed and educational narrative examines numerous threats to animals in the wild, raising awareness of each species, and detailing the extent and urgency of the problem. The book also encourages young animal lovers to take an active role in the preservation of creatures great and ...

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Overview

Animals on the Edge aligns young readers with scientists, conservationists, and educators who are committed to the preservation of animals around the world.

The informed and educational narrative examines numerous threats to animals in the wild, raising awareness of each species, and detailing the extent and urgency of the problem. The book also encourages young animal lovers to take an active role in the preservation of creatures great and small.

The author offers a hopeful message for the future with inspiring stories of animals that are now off the "endangered species" list. Animals on the Edge provides a full update on the scientific efforts to save endangered species in the 21st century. This compelling title will inspire readers to participate in the race to save those species currently threatened with extinction.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Christine Sanderson
Committed to "introducing young people to cutting-edge techniques of scientific investigation," this series includes additional volumes on genetics, the human brain, and meteorology among other topics. Content is developed by both the author and a consultant working in the field. Each book follows an identical formula of six chapters and supporting information as addenda. All of these eye-catching titles feature full-color photographs that readers have come to expect from this publisher. In Animals on the Edge, the approach is to understand the challenges to protecting endangered animals, including global warming, destruction of habitat, tagging and tracking, poaching, captive breeding, and cloning. The volume's consultant, a professor of wildlife conservation, tells the reader, "There is no tomorrow when it comes to making up for all the mistakes we've made." These books offer explanations simple enough for middle school students but with enough content to make them a useful resource for high school students as well. Reviewer: Christine Sanderson
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
As scientists examine detailed aspects about nature and connections among living things, their priority is often to determine endangered species and ecosystems. The series "National Geographic Investigates" presents scientific techniques, current research, and the latest discoveries from multiple experts. Indeed, it can be difficult to identify vital causes with accurate effects to assist nature in a timely, effective manner. Youngsters will revel at specific locations and species around the world, while absorbing details to make connections without information overload. Contents range from an overview of potential extinction to specific signs of hope. Todd K. Fuller, Consultant, relates a personal experience by way of introduction to describe his visit to Africa 22 years ago. Additionally, a "Timeline of Animal Conservation Events" sets a broader perspective for students. The book unfolds with "Counting Heads (and Tails)," "The Law Is on Their Side," "Helping Mother Nature," "Determined Detectives," and concludes with "A View From Above." National Geographic trademark maps, graphics, and excellent photographs are generously provided throughout the text as well as a glossary, bibliography, list of websites, further reading, and index. Saddened as we are about losing species, it is thoroughly amazing to witness recovery efforts, captive breading programs, and nature preserves through the eyes of such dedicated scientists, curators, biologists, field workers, oceanographers, conservationists, medical teams, and other researchers. Multiple organizations address global concerns along with highly regional and localized efforts to rescue endangered life. Engaging personal stories arealso included in Pobst's splendid account for young students, educators, and families alike. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426303586
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: NG Investigates Science Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 332,689
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Message From the Consultant     8
Range Map of the African Wild Dog     9
Timeline of Animal Conservation Events     10
Animals in Danger     12
Nowhere to hide
Protecting animals
Global warming
Why worry about animals?
Counting Heads (and Tails)     20
Canies for conservation
The census counts
Barcode of life
Tracking them down
Sea survey
Smile!
If you cannot look, listen
The Law Is on Their Side     28
DNA detectives
Looking out for bears
Meet a conservation biologist
Helping Mother Nature     36
Captive breeding programs
Survival school
Improving the gene pool
Seeing double
A zoo without elephants?
Copy cats
Determined Detectives     42
Calling all amphibians!
Fungus fighters
Clues to the cause
Looking for a cure
Unbalanced habitats
A View From Above     50
Rain forests of the sea
Biodiversity
Eye in the sky
Coral reef fast facts
Truth on the ground
Signs of Hope     58
Glossary     59
Bibliography     60
On the Web     60
Further Reading     60
Index     61
About the Author and Consultant     63
Credits     64
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