Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction

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Back from the Brink is a non-fiction book about seven different animals who are going extinct: the grey wolf, whooping crane, bald eagle, California condor, American bison, American alligator, and the Galapagos tortoise. We learn what made some of these species almost extinct, like the hunting of wolves because they were seen as bad or dangerous; hunting and loss of habitat of the whooping crane; hunting and lead poisoning of California condors; sailors taking the Galapagos tortoise and storing them in their ships for food, and the goats that the sailors brought, which ate up the habitat that the Galapagos tortoise needed to live. We learn about what people and scientists are doing to help the animals. There is a California condor recovery program. When there were just a few condors left in the wild, they captured them and bred them, allowing conservationists to later release new condors into the wild. This is how they have helped the condor population get bigger.

I learned so much from reading Back from the Brink. I liked learning about the American bison that are in Yellowstone because I will be visiting Yellowstone this summer and hope to see some of the herd. I was in Banff a couple years ago, and this book said that bison were brought into Banff in 2017. Maybe the next time I visit Banff, there will be more of an American bison population. I loved seeing the photographs of the different animals, their habitats, and scientists at work. This book is full of so much information. Back from the Brink would be a great book for kids who are doing a research report on any of these animals or studying extinction.

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Author Nancy Castaldo
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2018-Apr-24
ISBN 9780544953437
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Issue June 2018
Category Tweens


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