Animals at the EDGE

By Jonathan Baillie and Marilyn Baillie

From 7 to 12 | 48 pages

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.

[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 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
Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2010
ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, Juvenile Non-fiction Category, 2008
Nautilus Book Awards, Children's Non-fiction Category, Silver, 2009
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Diamond Willow Award, 2009
VOYA, Non-fiction Honor List, 2008

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