Tracking tortoises : the mission to save a Galápagos giant

by Messner, Kate,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Galápagos giant tortoises are fascinating--and endangered. They live only on the Galápagos Islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. These tortoises face threats from the humans who live on--and visit--the islands, as well as from Earth's warming climate.

Join author Kate Messner on an a journey to the Galápagos Islands to see these incredible creatures up close and discover how cutting-edge technology is helping scientists to study and protect them.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This appealing science book transports readers to the Galápagos Islands and introduces the giant tortoises living there as well as a research team that's working to answer questions about them, such as why they migrate and what infectious diseases they face. Within the Galápagos ecosystem, the giant tortoises are a keystone species, enabling many others to thrive. Yet, through the centuries, their own survival has been threatened by sailors, farmers, tourists, and invasive species, from goats to rats to fire ants. In 1965, scientists intervened, increasing the tortoises' dwindling population through a captive breeding program. The book delves into issues currently affecting these animals, including viral pathogens, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the increasing effects of global warming. On almost every page, clearly reproduced color photos show the researchers at work as well as the large, distinctive-looking tortoises. In the appended author's note, Messner describes her family's visit to the Galápagos Islands, where she interviewed many of the researchers profiled here and her "photographer son" took many of the book's photos. An informative presentation on these notable reptiles."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Galapagos tortoise -- Conservation -- Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Islands.
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :2022
Contributors Messner, Jake, photographer.
Audience Ages 9-14
Grades 4-6
Language English
Description 64 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781541596115
1541596110q(library binding)
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