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Animal watch
Few, Roger.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK, 2001.
Physical Description:
60 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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QL83 .F478 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL83 .F478 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL83 .F478 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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We need to protect the world we live in -- for ourselves and future generations. What is going to happen to planet Earth and the future of its wildlife? This challenging new book draws attention to the most pressing environmental concerns -- and suggests positive ways to prevent further damage. Animal Watch explains the issues -- from the loss of habitats and the effects of climate change to hunting for sport and the debate on the role of zoos. Hands-on experiments show readers how to explore the science behind the facts, while action globes suggest ways to make a difference on a daily basis. To highlight what is already being done, professionals, including a wildlife vet in Britain and a koala bear specialist in Australia, describe how their work is improving the chances of survival for the world's animals. Lively text, written in clear, nontechnical language, combines with dynamic images to suggest ways to protect our wildlife for the future.

Author Notes

Dr. Roger Few has worked as a freelance author and journalist and has written numerous books and magazine articles on natural history conservation and environmental issues. He is an expert on the politics of biodiversity conservation in developing countries. Dr. Philip Whitfield has written a wide range of books for adults and children on natural history and conservation topics, and he has served as the editor of several major reference works on animals. He is currently the head of the department of health and life sciences at King's College, University of London.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-7. These two entries in the Protecting Our Planet series give readers an overview of fundamental issues surrounding global food and animal conservation. Food Watch covers basic production problems in both first-world and developing countries, focusing on the challenges of feeding an ever-increasing population with shrinking resources. The text also covers some of the differences between chemical-based, big-business farming techniques and such sustainable approaches as organic farming. Animal Watch offers insight into habitats at risk, the endangering of species through hunting and trade, and current efforts to fight extinction. Both books pack information and sharp color photos onto the page in crowded formats that lend themselves more to browsing than to in-depth research. But frequent chapters detailing a day in the life of professionals, as well as hands-on activities and suggestions for taking positive action, increase the books' value, and both titles challenge readers to consider such essential questions as where food really comes from. Useful for sparking ideas for further research. --Gillian Engberg