Saving the Tasmanian Devil: How Science Is Helping the World's Largest Marsupial Carnivore Survive
In the late 1990s, a fatal disease called Devil facial tumor disease began wiping out the Tasmanian devil population, killing nearly 90% of the devils over the past 20 years. Why was the entire population getting the same disease? Was it contagious? Then geneticist Jenny Graves made a discovery that was hard to believe, but true: the tumors were cloning and multiplying between animals. If researchers cannot get to the bottom of this mystery, this fascinating mammal will soon be gone. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent takes readers on an unforgettable tour of the Tasmania to meet the scientists working to save the devil before it's too late.
Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Sources. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.
JLG Release: Oct 2019
Awards & Honors
NSTA Best STEM Books - 2020
2020 Green Earth Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Nonfiction
Praise & Reviews
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9" x 11"
Level 7.9; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 10.6; Points: 5;
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt