Early Book Review: Zoo Scientists to the Rescue by Patricia Newman, Annie Crawley

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue, written by Patricia Newman and illustrated by Annie Crawley, is currently scheduled for release on October 1 2017. While the staff at zoos certainly do take care of animals and welcome visitors of all ages, that is not all they do. This book brings young readers behind the scenes at three zoos to meet scientists working to save endangered animals. Meredith Bastian's experiences studying wild orangutans help educate both zoo visitors and the zoo workers who care for captive orangutans. Jeff Baughman breeds black-footed ferrets and reintroduces them into the wild. And Rachel Santymire examines poop from black rhinoceroses at the zoo and in their natural habitat to benefit all black rhinos. Find out how zoo scientists are helping us learn more about these remarkable, at-risk species before it's too late!  
Zoo Scientists to the Rescue is a wonderful book to show young readers the complex and multilayered nature of working with animals. Scientists that work with zoos do so much more that feed lions and clean animal enclosures. Their work is helping the world understand animal biology, health, and behavior while working toward protecting them and conservation.  The text is informative and accessible, with full color photographs and bubbles of additional information that might inspire more interest or desire for further research in young readers. I think this book would be a great resource in school libraries, classrooms, and for interested young readers. I might just be buying my own paper copy for my animal loving daughter. 
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