Giraffe Extinction: Using Science and Technology to Save the Gentle Giants

Giraffe Extinction: Using Science and Technology to Save the Gentle Giants

by Tanya Anderson


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Quietly, without most people noticing, the population of giraffes in the wild has decreased by nearly 40 percent since 1985. Giraffes have disappeared entirely from seven countries where they used to live. Researchers believe fewer than 98,000 exist in the wild—fewer even than endangered African elephants. In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature added giraffes to the organization's Red List of Threatened Species. What is causing their disappearance? Overpopulation of humans in giraffe habitats and illegal poaching. Learn about giraffes' physical characteristics, habitats, and life cycles; examine the dangers they face from humans and climate change; and meet the scientists working to save these gentle giants using technology and conservation efforts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541532380
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 601,521
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tanya Anderson is an award-winning editor of books for young readers. Her particular passion is to create engaging nonfiction books for reluctant readers, those who are capable readers but who have become uninterested in reading. Anderson discovered this need when she taught high school history and English. She continues in her role as a teacher and guide through the books she edits and writes.
Anderson graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, after a dozen years in the education field, she followed her dream of joining the children's book publishing world. She has worked for more than twenty years in various editorial functions for Pages Publishing Group/Willowisp Press, Guideposts for Teens, SRA/McGraw-Hill, Darby Creek Publishing, and now has her own book packaging company, School Street Media. Besides working with some of the most wonderful authors and illustrators in the business, Anderson has also had more than thirty books published in the children's and educational book markets.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Disappearing Shadows 4

Chapter 2 Tracking Down The Numbers 20

Chapter 3 Science Has Some Surprises 32

Chapter 4 Habitat Loss And Fragmentation 48

Chapter 5 Human Violence And Climate Change 60

Chapter 6 The Good News Of Giraffe Conservation 78

Chapter 7 Speaking Up For Giraffes 94

Giraffe Guide 101

Glossary 111

Source Notes 114

Selected Bibliography 117

Further Information 122

Index 125

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