More species of animals are disappearing from the earth today than at any time since the dinosaurs. Some owe their extinction to humans as they fight for habitat or are sought after for human needs. Many weird and wonderful animals are on the verge of being wiped out. Some may even disappear while you read this book. But some people are trying to save them. For example, Przewalski’s horse roamed the plains of Mongolia before becoming extinct in the wild. Scientists bred the remaining horses in zoos around the world and then released 16 back into the wild in Mongolia in 1992. Now there are 250 in the wild!
About the series:
The world is full of weird, wild and wonderful creatures. At least, that’s how many of them appear to us. To them, their apparent weirdness is not weird at all. The everyday routines of keeping alive and ensuring the survival of their species have caused them to develop habits, skills and appearances that appear outlandish to us but are perfectly normal for them.
These books will look at some of the weird and wonderful ways in which these creatures have adapted to their environment—or had adapted to it until we destroyed or altered it. Now, they need our help in order to survive. Understanding them is a first step to protecting their world—and ours.
Weird, wild and wonderful is a literacy series that lets students explore this aspect of science in an interesting and motivating way. High quality, stimulating pictures provide visual clues to the vocabulary. Short captions and carefully levelled language give students knowledge about these animals while developing their language skills.
Weird, wild and wonderful is suitable for independent reading, guided reading and as part of a science reference library.
Areas of weirdness explored!
• eating — blood suckers
• hunting methods