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Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cats

Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cats

The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat

by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
Hardback / Hardcover
Publication Date: 01/06/2014
RRP  $35.00 $34.50
Since the year 1900, cheetah footprints quickly dwindled in African dirt as the species plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund's (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these stunning, swift, and slender creatures from extinction. Since the organization's start in 1990, they've rescued more than 900 cheetahs, most of whom have been returned to the wild. But this arduous challenge continues. For most African livestock farmers, cheetahs are the last thing they want to see on their properties. In the 1980s, as many as 19 cheetahs per farmer died each year. Cheetahs were considered vermin--but, in learning more about this magnificent species, we know this is far from true. Today, CCF acts as a liaison between the farmers and the cheetahs, in order to promote cohabitation in an ecosystem that cannot thrive without the existence of the precious and predatory cheetah. On a wild ride through the African wilderness--sometimes sniffing out scents left in the dirt--Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join CCF in studying the cheetah's ecological, genetic, and behavioural patterns in order to chase down the fastest animal on land and save the species--before it is too late. AGES: 10-14 AUTHOR: Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, newspaper columnist, scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes award-winning books for children as well as adults. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. Visit her website at symontgomery.com. Sy Montgomery and photographer Nic Bishop won the Sibert Medal in 2011 for their collaborative work on 'Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot', another Scientist in the Field title. Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. Visit his website at: www.nicbishop.com Colour illustrations
ISBN:
9780547815497
9780547815497
Category:
Natural history (Childrens/Teenage)
Format:
Hardback / Hardcover
Publication Date:
01-06-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
75
Dimensions (mm):
229x279x0mm
Weight:
0.62kg
Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus and the memoir The Good Good Pig, a New York Times bestseller.

The recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, border collie, and flock of chickens.

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