June 20, 2017

Book Review: Zoo Scientists to the Rescue

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue is written by Patricia Newman and illustrated by Annie Crawley, which features a behind-the-scene glimpse of zoos, particularly scientists working to save endangered animals.

According to the introduction, "More than 181 million people visit zoos every every.... But zoos aren't just entertainment centers, they are living libraries. Zoos allow us to get close enough to animals to hear their stories.... Zoos also give scientists an up-close look at animals that are difficult to observe in the wild." This book focuses on three zoo scientists, Meredith Bastian with orangutans, Jeff Baughman with black-footed ferrets, and Rachel Santymire with wild black rhinos.

This book is divided into the following chapters: The Zoo: A Living Library, Treetop Teachers, The Comeback Kits, Feces Save Species, and The Rest of the Story. Also, there are Saving Wildlife sidebars and interesting animal facts intermixed with brilliant full-color photographs, graphics, and maps. 

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue is a fun way to learn, as well as providing practical suggestions about how to get involved. This non-fiction book is geared toward children, particularly third to seventh grades.

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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