From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5. A brief introduction to a dozen rare, threatened, or endangered animals not likely to be encountered in general reading?or in many zoos, for that matter. Each double-page spread offers a full-page, full-color photograph, with a modest amount of information on the facing page. The creature's scientific name, global location, preferred habitat, diet, a comment or two on its lifestyle and its status (rare, etc.) are all included. Some animals get more coverage than others, perhaps because, in the case of a few species, little is known about their lives in the wild. All appears accurate though one might question the water salinity tolerance ascribed to desert pupfishes (five times greater than the ocean) and the nocturnal habits of the okapi. However, for young readers not acquainted with such exotics as an axolotl, a babirusa, a jabiru, a markhor, and a red uakari, this slim, colorful book is both attractive and informative enough to whet the appetite. All is prefaced with a plea for the protection of wildlife and natural habitats everywhere and rounded off nicely with an index to make the snippets of information immediately available for report writers.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
Curtis (Aquatic Animals in the Wild and in Captivity, 1992) briefly describes the characteristics and plight of a dozen unusual endangered species of wildlife in habitats that range from the foothills of the Andes to the rain forests of Vietnam and Laos. Full-color, close-up photographs shot in wildlife reserves show such animals as the pudu (the world's smallest deer), golden lion tamarin (a monkey with a mane), a pygmy loris (a lemur-like primate), as well as the axolotl (a salamander), babirusa (a peculiar pig with tusks), and a red uakari (a red-faced monkey). The most familiar creature may be the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Each animal is labeled with its status--rare, threatened, or endangered--depending on the severity of its decline. Curtis covers in summary the habits and habitats of the animals, and also discloses the nature of the threat to each one's survival or environment, e.g., acid rain, deforestation, poaching, overpopulation, pollution, etc. Unfortunately, no maps are included. Still, both children and adults will marvel at these eccentricities of the natural world and will quickly become concerned for them. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.