Animals at the EDGE: Saving the World's Rarest Creatures by Jonathan BaillieAnimals at the EDGE: Saving the World's Rarest Creatures by Jonathan Baillie

Animals at the EDGE: Saving the World's Rarest Creatures

byJonathan Baillie, Marilyn Baillie

Paperback | September 1, 2008

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EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) species are evolutionarily unique, which means if they don’t survive, there will be no similar species left on Earth. But all hope is not lost. EDGE researchers are working hard to locate, create awareness of, and ensure a safe future for these special creatures. In Animals at the EDGE, readers will meet some of these intrepid scientists and follow them on expeditions that take them to the limits of the Earth — from the heights of the Cyclops Mountains in Papua, New Guinea to the depths of China’s Yangtze River, to the forests of Haiti, and across the vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. These extraordinary creatures include the long-beaked echidna, a rare spine-covered mammal with relatives that date back to dinosaur times; the long-eared jerboa, a big-eared mouse-sized creature that hops like a kangaroo; and the tiny bumblebee bat, so small it can fit on a fingertip. The animals are part of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence project, a global conservation program started to highlight these unique creatures so they do not silently disappear from our world forever.
Dr. Jonathan Baillie is Head of Field Conservation at the Zoological Society of London, where he is responsible for conservation projects focusing on threatened species in more than 30 countries. He founded the EDGE of Existence program, which focuses on Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species. Dr. Baillie has a...
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Title:Animals at the EDGE: Saving the World's Rarest CreaturesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:48 pages, 10.94 × 8.34 × 0.17 inShipping dimensions:10.94 × 8.34 × 0.17 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Owlkids Books Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1897349335

ISBN - 13:9781897349335

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT! A very interesting fun book for anyone young at heart.
Date published: 2009-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Precious ... and precarious NOTE: International Day for Biological Diversity is tomorrow, 21 May 2009. Let’s get outdoors and look around us a little more deliberately and appreciatively; let’s celebrate. E volutionarily D istinct and G lobally E ndangered—on the EDGE of Existence—is a unique conservation initiative of the Zoological Society of London (ZSF), seeking to bring to awareness to and protect rare and endangered species which have only very few—or even none at all—close relatives in the evolutionary tree of life. Animals at the EDGE is a glorious new book that gives us a peek into this work. Although crafted to appeal first and foremost to children, it will rivet the attention of any adult lucky enough to encounter it. The information presented is well balanced between informative text and vibrant photographs: their flowing arrangement maximizes the reader’s involvement and focus. For each species, there are attractive headings to page sections (e.g. “Did You Know?”, “Meet The Scientist” and “Adiya’s Notes”) (Adiya is one of the eleven young scientists whose work is featured in the book). There is a clear map of the world on which each species discussed is located. There are also an accessible 2-page glossary of ecology / conservation terms used in the text and a summary of the mandates of both the EDGE program and ZSF. All the photographs—of the creatures, and of their “students” (which are the scientists at work in the field)—are simply wonderful: they bring these strange and fascinating worlds to life in the reader’s hands. It’s humbling to imagine living for decades on this earth and not knowing of even one of these odd-looking creatures. And still, there are likely many more species whose existence scientists have yet to discover, but which, sadly, may already be approaching extinction. The reasons range from human beings’ superstitious beliefs and smuggling attempts, to our ill-considered destruction of habitat and ongoing traumatic impact on the planet’s climate. Extinction does happen in nature, at its evolutionary, geological pace. What is morally wrong, though, and must not be allowed to happen, is that we humans be the cause of another species’ extinction. We must commit ourselves absolutely to protecting biodiversity to the very best of our ability. This involves the understanding within our very bones and sinews that, guess what: “It’s Not All About Us”. The anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote, “As embarrassing as it may be to admit, before we even dream of protecting nature FOR man, we have to protect it AGAINST him.” Ironically, in protecting nature against ourselves, we will someday recognize that it was also for our benefit to do so. Anyhowwwl … ANIMALS AT THE EDGE does not subject its audience to philosophical musings. (Such are plentiful elsewhere for all with the interest to seek and the ears to hear.) The book is, however, an eye-opening, beautiful, and valuable introduction to the intriguing everyday field work of committed scientists involved in rare species investigation and conservation. To all: a happy International Day for Biological Biodiversity !
Date published: 2009-05-21

Editorial Reviews

The content in the book is written in digestible chunks in 'kid-friendly,' 'you-centered' language...Unlike other books that 'preach' about conservation, this book shows kids WHY it's important to take care of the Earth. - The Well-Read Child.com