Turtle Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife

Overview

Turtles are facing the greatest challenge in their evolutionary history, and there are too few people out there who are fighting hard to save them.

Turtles evolved about 200 million years ago, even before dinosaurs. Today they are found everywhere, from tropical rainforests to deserts, in freshwater, in saltwater and on land. But turtles are under attack, and populations are in decline. Areas of southeast Asia have lost up to 80 percent of their freshwater turtles in the past 10...

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Overview

Turtles are facing the greatest challenge in their evolutionary history, and there are too few people out there who are fighting hard to save them.

Turtles evolved about 200 million years ago, even before dinosaurs. Today they are found everywhere, from tropical rainforests to deserts, in freshwater, in saltwater and on land. But turtles are under attack, and populations are in decline. Areas of southeast Asia have lost up to 80 percent of their freshwater turtles in the past 10 years because of the high demand for them as food as well as the pollution from the manufacture of cosmetics and traditional medicines. Habitat destruction, fishing nets and the pet trade threaten turtles even more.

Turtle Rescue covers the conservation efforts of governments, scientists, conservationists and turtle lovers to protect these creatures and ensure their survival. The author covers the major threats to turtle populations and describes what is being done to protect them. Measures include protecting nesting grounds, turtle farming and captive breeding, and persuading people that medicine made from turtles is of questionable worth.

A list of organizations devoted to saving turtle species around the world is included for those who want to help.

About the Firefly Animal Rescue series:

The Firefly Animal Rescue identifies endangered and threatened species and what is being done to protect them. Combining lively, accessible text and stunning color photographs, each book provides a detailed overview of the species, describing its characteristics, behavior, habits, physiology and more.

"These attractive books are a call to action... fascinating readable accounts."
- School Library Journal

"Succinct introductions to the science and practice of wildlife conservation... written in accessible, lively language."
- Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book is part of Firefly's "Animal Rescue" series that explores the need for conservation efforts of particular species. A solid introduction to the history of turtles, their habitats, and the major threats to the survival of the species are supported with a variety of focused looks at particular scientists and organizations throughout the world committed to turtle conservation efforts. Different areas of the world are covered, with a spotlight on particular conservation efforts in each geographic area ("On the Frontlines") and a feature on a scientist working in that region ("At Work"). Color photographs throughout graphically illustrate both the beauty of turtles and the devastation predators and people have caused. Supporting information includes a "Fast Facts" section, which gives factoids about turtles; "How You Can Help," which lists organizations and links for more information about turtle conservation; and an index. A good resource for school and public libraries. 2005, Firefly Books, Ages 10 to 13.
—Lauri Berkenkamp
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This outstanding overview of the plight of the world's turtles and tortoises describes the general problems that all turtles face and then explains what is being done to rescue certain species from near extinction. Each chapter is devoted to a particular region of the world and the cultural pressures and environmental issues that challenge its turtles. The book is illustrated with excellent-quality photographs that are closely tied to the text. Maps and charts are useful as are the "on the frontlines" and "at work" profiles of scientists in the field. A "fast facts" section and a list of organizations that are working in turtle research are appended. Other books on the topic cannot match this one for its thorough approach as well as the current information on what is being done in the 21st century to protect the turtle. Throw out your old titles and update your collections with this sure winner.-Gail E. Wellman, East Middle School, Binghamton, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Resource Links - Philip Mills
Turtle Rescue is a simple book packed full of data, colour photographs and ideas. It is well written and easy to digest. A great book for students completing science-related projects. The book looks like it is for the younger crowd but would be useful as a subject starter for students in the older grades.
Turtle Rescue is a simple book packed full of data, colour photographs and ideas. It is well written and easy to digest. A great book for students completing science-related projects. The book looks like it is for the younger crowd but would be useful as a subject starter for students in the older grades.
Green Teacher - Debra Bridgman
Award winning... With beautiful photography and inspiring examples of individuals passionately devoted to wildlife conservation, these are excellent resource for the classroom or school library.
Library Media Connection - Ruie Chehak
[review of series:] Anyone interested in learning more about endangered animals will find these books fascinating... This series will make a strong addition to any school library.
CM Magazine - Gillian Richardson
With clear, appealing photography and up-to-the-minute details laid out in an engaging format, Turtle Rescue is a welcome addition to the "Firefly Animal Rescue" series.
INFOLINK
A detailed examination of what is being done to preserve both land and sea turtles around the world with biographical information on people actively engaged in conservation work. Color photos show many species of turtles and tortoises in their habitats. A list of turtle organizations and an index complete the book. Very useful for reports, especially since many books on turtle conservation do not include land species.
INFOLINK - Maxine Levitt
This book enumerates the many efforts taken to save the turtle starting with the 1959 creation of the Caribbean Conservation Corp founded in Florida through the 2005 hatching of eggs of the Ridley sea turtle in Malaysia, the first hatchlings since the early '90's. The major players in the conservation movement are profiled as well. There is much information to be found here, accompanied by a timeline, fast facts, and a list of conservation agencies. The strength of this book is the vivid, crisp, abundant photos.... Useful for reports and for all who are interested in turtles and the environment.
INFOLINK - Lesa Keener
Pamela Hickman attempts to not only explain the reasons that some turtle species are endangered, but includes the efforts of scientists, governments and average citizens to save them. She does an excellent job by combining factual pertinent text with superior photography. Students will experience the plight of turtle eggs that are not only attacked by predators, but the inability of female turtles to find adequate nesting areas. Turtles are creatures of habit and will attempt to lay eggs in the same areas regardless of the condo or super highway now standing in her path. If unable lay the eggs in her nesting area she may do so in an unprotected area if she becomes fatigued. While Hickman explains the human contribution to the declining turtle population she stressing that the cause may be cultural, economical or simple ignorance. She portrays rescuers as trying a solution, such as education and captive breeding to alleviate the problem. This excellent book contains a fast facts section, a list of organization websites to peruse and an index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979167
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Series: Firefly Animal Rescue Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,208,024
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Hickman has published over 30 nature books for children. She has an Honors Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Biology and served as the Federation of Ontario Naturalists' education coordinator for seven years.

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Table of Contents

Talking of Turtles
Where Do Turtles Live?
The Story So Far
Buying and Shelling
On the Frontlines; Cuc Phuong, Vietnam
At Work: Vu Thi Quyen
Beach Babies
Caribbean Conservation Corporation
Life in the Slow Lane
At Work: Roger Wood
Scrambled Eggs
On the Frontlines: Blanding's Turtle Recovery Team
Easy Pickings
On the Frontlines: Hong Kong Haven
Night Crawlers
At Work: Jim Sparks
Long Live the Turtle
On the Frontlines: Project Angonoka
Taking the Bait
Playing Tag
At Work: Don Lewis
Captive Breeding
On the Frontlines: Back to the Swamp
What is the Turtle's Future?
Fast Facts
How You Can Help
Index
Photo
Credits
Author's Note

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First Chapter

Talking of Turtles

Imagine a creature that evolved 200 million years ago -- before dinosaurs -- and exists almost unchanged today.

The turtle has long been a part of creation stories, often representing the foundation of Earth. Native North Americans tell a story about a giant turtle floating in a primitive sea, with all the animals on its back. A Hindu tale describes the world as resting on the backs of four elephants that, in turn, stand on the shell of a turtle. For children today, the turtle stars in favorite stories ranging from The Tortoise and the Hare to the Franklin books.

Turtles carry the "slow and steady" label around with their shells, but a closer look reveals many surprises. There are about 270 turtle species in the world today. Large land turtles are commonly called tortoises, and the smaller freshwater species are referred to as terrapins. The sea turtle family includes the largest of them all, the leatherback. It has remained virtually the same for 20 million years, but is less than half the size of its ancient ancestor, the Archelon. A 70-million-year-old Archelon fossil found in 1996 measured 20 feet (6 m) wide at its front flippers.

Around the world, turtles are in decline. Parts of Southeast Asia have lost up to 80 percent of their freshwater turtles in the past 10 years, thanks to an unending demand for food and traditional Chinese medicine. Habitat destruction, pollution, fishing nets and the pet trade are also threats. Every species of sea turtle is endangered.

The good news is that governments, scientists, conservationists and turtle lovers have rallied together. They are committing their expertise, time and money to save the most endangered species, and to control the factors that threaten others around the world.

Turtles have been around a long time. They are survivors.
Having lived through the mass extinctions that wiped out the dinosaurs, they are now facing their biggest threat yet -- people.

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