Zooborns: The Next Generation: Newer, Cuter, More Exotic Animals from the World’s Zoos and Aquariums by Andrew Bleiman and Christopher Eastland is a wonderful book designed to provide children with real life examples of endangered wildlife throughout the world. There are many full color pictures of animals ranging from the polar bear to the bonobo.
These animals are much more than just cute furry faces. They are ambassadors for their endangered species throughout the world. Each helps to educate about conservation while providing adults and children with excellent entertainment and important perspectives about world geography and culture.
The presentation includes the Lesser Mouse Deer at Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, the Brazilian Tapir at the Linton Zoo in the UK, the American Manatee in the Singapore Zoo, the Pygmy hippopotamus on the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa and the Somali Wild Ass - an endangered mini-horse in Zoo Basel in Switzerland.
The Brazilian Tapir is a shy animal and marsh dweller. The picture depicted by the authors clearly shows an unusual animal that looks like a mini rhino.
The Lesser Mouse Deer has the face and head architecture of a mouse on the body of a deer. The American Manatee looks like an elongated hippo.
The authors show a most unusual Pygmy Slow Loris, which is a rare species found in the tropics in places like Vietnam and Laos. This primate is a night animal which feasts on fruit, insects and small mammals. It crawls on branches as it navigates thick vegetation in tropical settings.
Zooborns: The Next Generation is a perfect introduction to animal biology for young adults and children. The pictures are spectacular. The descriptions are thorough and convincing.