Arctic Fox: Very Cool!by Stephen Person
In the Arctic, winter lasts for eight months. Powerful snowstorms are common and temperatures can fall to -58[degree]F. Few animals can survive these extreme conditions. One animal that can, however, is the Arctic fox. Biologist Maarten Loonen has been studying Arctic wildlife for over 15 years. Look inside to discover what he has learned about this fascinating and uncommon creature.
These examinations of six photogenic animals and selected specialists who study them offer the current crop's best balance of appealing presentation and systematic, clearly presented information. Each creature inhabits an exotic habitat, from the arctic fox that "lives farther north than any other land mammal in the world" and the Weddell Seal to Madagascar's aye-aye and fossa. The aye-aye is a lemur so rare that it was mistakenly declared extinct in the 1930s, and the elusive fossa is a lemur-eating mongoose and the island's largest native predator. Readers will linger over the excellent pictures and come away with a better understanding of the creatures and of some of the challenges facing scientists who seek to learn more about them.
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