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Title:
Back from the brink : saving animals from extinction / Nancy F. Castaldo.
ISBN:
9780544953437
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
168 pages : colour illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents:
Path to preservation -- Whooping cranes in the wetlands -- Wolves in the wild -- Bald eagles fly high -- Giant Galápagos tortoises walk the earth -- California condors soar again -- American alligators swim in the south -- American bison: Give me a home where the buffalo roam -- Call to action -- Learn more.
Abstract:
Back from the Brink answers these questions and more as it delves into the threats to seven species, and the scientific and political efforts to coax them back from the brink of extinction. This rich, informational look at the problem of extinction has a hopeful tone: all of these animals' numbers are now on the rise.
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Interest age level: 10-12.

Interest grade level: 4-6.
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Summary

Summary

The acclaimed author of Sniffer Dogs details the successful efforts of scientists to bring threatened animals back from the brink of extinction, perfect for animal lovers and reluctant nonfiction readers. With full-color photography.

How could capturing the last wild California condors help save them? Why are some states planning to cull populations of the gray wolf, despite this species only recently making it off the endangered list? How did a decision made during the Civil War to use alligator skin for cheap boots nearly drive the animal to extinction?

Back from the Brink answers these questions and more as it delves into the threats to seven species, and the scientific and political efforts to coax them back from the brink of extinction. This rich, informational look at the problem of extinction has a hopeful tone: all of these animals' numbers are now on the rise.


Author Notes

Nancy Castaldo is the author of several nonfiction books for children, including Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World  and Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel . She lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her family. Visit Nancy at www.nancycastaldo.com  and on Twitter at @NCastaldoAuthor.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Castaldo vividly chronicles efforts to save seven endangered species: whooping cranes, wolves, bald eagles, Galápagos tortoises, California condors, American alligators, and American bison. For each species, she discusses the reasons for their dwindling populations and the strides being made to assist in their recovery. In the case of the Galápagos tortoises, conservationists were forced to wipe out destructive goats introduced to Isabela Island: "If officials didn't get rid of the goats, the entire ecosystem would continue to collapse." Castaldo also describes the triumphant reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, which led to a rebalancing of that ecosystem. Photographs of the animals in the wild and in protected facilities complement this intimate and optimistic look at humans' ability to protect the planet's biodiversity. Ages 10-12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

The Path to Preservationp. 1
Whooping Cranes in the Wetlandsp. 8
Wolves in the Wildp. 29
Bald Eagles Fly Highp. 50
Giant Galápagos Tortoises Walk the Earthp. 67
California Condors Soar Againp. 84
American Alligators Swim in the Southp. 113
American Bison: Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roamp. 126
Call to Action!p. 143
Learn Morep. 150
Watchp. 150
Readp. 151
Organisationsp. 151
Gop. 152
Explorep. 154
Notesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 158
Glossaryp. 162
Acknowledgmentsp. 163
Indexp. 164