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

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The EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) of Existence program is a global conservation initiative aimed at saving rare species from extinction. This eye-opening book shows some of the important results of the group's work. Readers accompany real scientists on exciting scientific expeditions from the heights of the Cyclops Mountains in faraway West Papua, to the depths of the Yangtze River in China, to the forests of Haiti in the Caribbean, and the vast stretches of the Gobi Desert. Jonathan and Marilyn Baillie’s lively narratives and stunning photographs introduce such special creatures as the bumblebee bat, so small it can fit on a fingertip; the Bactrian camel, capable of surviving the harshest desert conditions; and the slender loris, a nocturnal beast hunted for its mythical magic powers. There is also a sense of urgency here: these and the eight other animals profiled are evolutionarily unique, which means that if they don’t survive there will be nothing similar left on Earth and our global biodiversity will be weakened forever.

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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 also contributed to some of the most influential documents on the status of the world's species. He lives in London, England.

Marilyn Baillie has enjoyed a varied career as an award-winning children's writer, a nursery school teacher, a lecturer at the Royal Ontario Museum, and a children's magazine and book editor. She is the author of numerous beloved children's books including Nose to Toes, Small Wonders, and Amazing Thing Animals Do. She is a former editor of chickaDEE magazine and lives in Toronto.

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[Jonathan Baillie and Marilyn Baillie] shine a little light on several of the world's rarest and most endangered species...[and] with the aid of numerous photographs of these creatures and their habitats, and lively text introduce readers to rare mammals like the Attenborough's long-beaked echidna. (The Globe and Mail)

The combination of scientist profiles and excellent animal photographs may well inspire some future conservationists. (Kirkus Reviews)

... marvelous photographs and descriptions help bring the creatures to life...but what sets this book apart most is its tone...The effect is to get the reader excited about science, and the hope it offers for the future. (Quill & Quire)

The colorful design, the weird and fascinating creatures and the human connection between scientist and reader make Animals at the EDGE a great addition to personal and library collections. (CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials)

An attractive book that gives a good introduction to some of the people and animals of the EDGE project. It will provide interesting reading for the animal-loving child and perhaps inspire some to think about biology and conservation as a career. (Canadian Children's Book News)

Gorgeous photography on every page enhances this excellent book that not only warns young readers about the plight of endangered animals, but also teaches them about what they can do to promote conservation. (Midwest Book Review)

If you love to read and are interested in endangered animals, this is the book for you. (KNOW Magazine)

...an excellent resource for those interested in science and could encourage the young zoologist...this book offers a wake up for the world filled with information about little known creatures that could never be known if it wasn't for these scientists and this program. (Resource Links)

Fabulous photos of scarce, strange and, often, sweet-looking animals and intimate glimpses of the young scientists who are working to save them make this exciting look at work of the Zoological Society of London's EDGE of Existence Program an engaging introduction to the science of conservation. (Justonemorebook.com)

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)

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