The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species

By: Peter Lourie

Scientists in Florida, West Africa, and the Amazon Basin share information with the goal of protecting the docile and sometimes elusive manatee. General manatee facts. Species details. Resources. Author’s note. Glossary. Index. Full-color maps and photographs.

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ISBN: 9780547152547

JLG Release: Jun 2011


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Manatees , Conservation Marine mammalogists

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2011; Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2012

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Lourie’s readable text follows the efforts of research scientists in Brazil, West Africa, and Florida as they attempt to determine the habits, habitats, and behaviors of three large sirenians, two of whom live in very remote and often primitive areas. The fieldwork on West African and Amazonian manatees is complicated by the very murky wat

Lourie’s readable text follows the efforts of research scientists in Brazil, West Africa, and Florida as they attempt to determine the habits, habitats, and behaviors of three large sirenians, two of whom live in very remote and often primitive areas. The fieldwork on West African and Amazonian manatees is complicated by the very murky water in which they live (Floridian manatees get pellucid aquamarine waters but more propeller slashes) and is further complicated by the fact they are hunted for food to supplement inadequate diets in isolated areas. The African studies are compounded by a variety of national political issues and some social unrest. Lourie’s lucid reportage is accompanied by clear color photos of the scientists at work in drowned rain forests, crystalline springs, muddy rivers blocked by dams, in the lab, and from the air. Quotes are imbedded as well, with Lucy Keith remarking patiently, “You have to really like challenges to do research in Africa,” and Fernando Rosas in Brazil explaining why local people love manatee meat. “They eat fish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so any change in this diet is welcome.” This is a living, breathing window into the watery world of manatee studies, with eager scientists pursuing the preservation of stressed sirenian populations with determination and grit.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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The reliably excellent series brings us yet another high-quality title featuring scientists at work, here attempting to understand and protect the manatee. The three worldwide species of the mammal are threatened by human actions, including hunting, pollution, and recreational boating. We meet scientists Fernando Rosas in Brazil, John Reynolds i

The reliably excellent series brings us yet another high-quality title featuring scientists at work, here attempting to understand and protect the manatee. The three worldwide species of the mammal are threatened by human actions, including hunting, pollution, and recreational boating. We meet scientists Fernando Rosas in Brazil, John Reynolds in Florida, and Lucy Keith in West Africa, and accompany them on their investigations of manatees in the field and in captivity. Rosas and colleagues raise Amazon manatees, learning critical information through long-term observations of the mammals in their care. Reynolds studies Floridian and Caribbean manatee populations using observations from the air and advises on their conservation as chair of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Keith pieces together information from hunters, collects bone and tissue samples from manatees across West Africa, and is working hard to establish a collaborative scientific network across sixteen countries. Each profile captures not only the science and politics of animal conservation but also the dedication and passion these scientists clearly feel for their chosen profession. Telling much of the story are Lourie’s many photographs of the manatees in their various habitats, the scientists and their collaborators, and the children and adults in the communities that interact with the manatees. Particularly remarkable are the details visible in the crisp underwater shots of the manatees in Crystal River, Florida. Extensive additional information, including species profiles, further facts and resources, evolutionary origins, and a glossary, round out the text.

Book Details

ISBN

9780547152547

First Release

June 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

599.55092/2

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.4; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.5; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level NC1210L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Manatees, Conservation, Marine mammalogists

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