Gr 5-9-A clear picture of humankind's attempts to save endangered and threatened wildlife. In accessible language, the opening chapter describes how modern zoos have improved by holding a larger number of members of a smaller number of species in more naturalistic environments. The message is clear: saving species is not impossible. Captive breeding, improved by reproducing natural living conditions and diets as closely as possible, and the institution of reintroduction programs have helped save such animals as the black-footed ferret, the peregrine falcon, the golden lion tamarin, the red wolf, and the Arabian oryx. Cohen's well-articulated appeal is for the preservation of habitats, the loss of which constitutes the greatest long-term threat to a species' survival. He states that, "While there is widespread support in the United States for preserving endangered species, the support drops off sharply among those who are in any way inconvenienced by the effort." There is no glossary, but terms are well explained within the text. Appendixes include a bibliography, an index, and a list of species in AZA's Species Survival Plans. A few black-and-white photographs enhance the engaging, readable narrative.Karen M. Kearns, Environmental Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
Cohen tells the stories of modern efforts to save certain endangered species: the red wolf, California condor, black-footed ferret, peregrine falcon, golden lion tamarin, Arabian oryx, panda, and cheetah. Since each program is unique in its challenges, each experience is different from the others. The stories reflect the realities of saving a species, including politics, economics, pollution, loss of habitat, disease, biological and technological know-how, and luck. The first and last chapters concentrate on the increasing involvement of zoos in programs designed to save species from extinction. To be illustrated with photos, this well-written book will intrigue readers concerned about animal conservation.