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

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

by Sandra Pobst
     
 

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Polar bears and orangutans, black-footed ferrets and rock iguanas, Panamanian frogs and corals-animals all across the globe are in danger of becoming extinct. Many of the world's finest scientists have dedicated themselves to saving these endangered species. Learn about the innovative research scientists are doing, and how modern technology helps them in their work.

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Polar bears and orangutans, black-footed ferrets and rock iguanas, Panamanian frogs and corals-animals all across the globe are in danger of becoming extinct. Many of the world's finest scientists have dedicated themselves to saving these endangered species. Learn about the innovative research scientists are doing, and how modern technology helps them in their work. There's simply no time to lose, with the rate of extinction accelerating every day.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426303586
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
08/12/2008
Series:
NG Investigates Science Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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