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Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Zoo

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Zoo

by Roland Smith, William Munoz (Photographer)

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Gr 4-6-Two well-organized, comprehensive, easy-to-read looks at the ways in which modern zoos treat and manage their feline and cetacean charges. The introductions clearly explain that the zoo's main function is no longer to entertain and amuse visitors, but to provide a safe home for endangered animals. In Cats, readers are given reasons why nearly half of the 37 species of cats are endangered, as well as details about the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The author urges young people to support organizations whose goals are to conserve the world's dwindling habitats, to write letters to politicians and to leaders of tropical nations about these concerns, to support their local zoo and its programs, and to volunteer their time. In Whales, readers learn that the friendly behavior and natural curiosity of these creatures has led to the near extinction of many species. Glossary terms are italicized in the texts, and indexes are adequate. These well-balanced presentations, illustrated with appealing, full-color photographs, are sure to be hits with students and teachers. However, in Cats ``jaguarundi'' is misspelled as ``jaguarudi,'' and there are a number of grammatical errors in Whales.-Karen M. Kearns, Environmental Resource Center, Atlanta, GA

Product Details

Millbrook Press, Inc.
Publication date:
New Zoo Series
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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