The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.
The giant panda is the world's most beloved animal -- and one of the rarest.
Firefly Animal Rescue is a new series of books about endangered and threatened species and what is being done to protect them. It is aimed at readers aged 10 and up with accessible text and color photographs.
Each book introduces readers to a featured animal, explains the threats it is facing, and explores efforts to protect it. Young readers will be inspired by the leading scientists and conservationists who work in the field, in labs and on the public stage. The books conclude with additional resources for those who want to help.
Panda Rescue takes readers into the remote bamboo forests of China, where scientists can spend years without ever seeing the elusive animal. It looks inside one of the largest breeding centres in China and reveals some controversial attempts to save the species. And it explains how our fascination with captive pandas has become a threat of its own.
Tracing the colorful history of the black-and-white bear, Panda Rescue shows why many conservationists remain hopeful about the animal's future.
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."
These flightless seabirds are found in the Southern Hemisphere. They have dark upperparts with a mainly white breast and flipper like wings for swimming. There are 11 known species in Antarctica, the largest is the Emperor, at around 120 cm tall. Penguins are fairly widely distributed, forming breeding colonies, varying from year to year, from 10,000 to a few hundred pairs. Fortunately there are no land-based predatory animals in Antarctica, no polar bears or ice foxes. As a result, Penguins are not afraid of humans and one can get close to a colony.
With more than twenty million copies sold in forty languages in ninety countries worldwide, DK "Eyewitness" been the most trusted young adult nonfiction book series for more than thirty years. Visually engaging, informative, and lively, the one-hundred-plus titles in the "Eyewitness" series focus on subjects that complement students' personal interests and areas of study to make learning simple and fun. The most trusted nonfiction series for teachers, librarians, and parents Wall charts and clip art CDs are perfect for school projects and homework help Unique integration of words and pictures make the series an ideal match for reluctant readers and ESL students
"Strange animals from long ago linked to their unexpected modern relatives."
It's hard to imagine, but about 99% of all the species that ever lived are already extinct. Some died off suddenly during global catastrophes, while others gradually disappeared as the world evolved. But some animals didn't vanish altogether, and their distant relatives live among us today.
What were these ancient animals like? In a word, surprising. Ground-dwelling sloths were so tall they could nibble the leaves in treetops. Rabbit-sized camels scampered through the underbrush. Giant dragonflies the size of hawks were masters of the skies, swooping down on flies as big as chickadees.
These six modern animals are compared to their ancient ancestors: Dragonfly Beaver Armadillo Crocodile Camel Sloth.
Why did these fabulous creatures change? What did their world look like? How do scientists make the connection to each one's extraordinary past?
Author Claire Eamer distills millions of years of global history on the astonishing evolution of six modern-day animals. At the same time, readers are treated to a visual feast of artists' colorful renderings of the ancients, together with color photographs of their modern-day counterparts.