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Book Review: Zooborns: The Next Generation: Newer, Cuter, More Exotic Animals by Andrew Bleiman and Christopher Eastland

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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.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.