Travel the continents to meet some of Earth's most incredible critters through the eyes of a windblown, adventurous wildlife veterinarian. Join Dr. Gabby Wild as she performs dental work on a jaguar (and what happens when he starts to wake up too soon!), teaches a baby bird to fend for itself, and gives a chimp a checkup. Learn about animal anatomy and behaviors, diets, families, and the dangers they face in the wild. Get up close--and we do mean CLOSE--to more than 80 animals that are both familiar and not so familiar, including regal lions, playful pandas, fearsome Gila monsters, and creepy tarantulas. Examine world maps to learn about amphibians, wild cats, and primates across the globe. Read about some special human-animal relationships as well as challenges that arise when they share a habitat. Then learn how people are working to save and protect endangered species. And for your final thrill, find out how YOU can become a wildlife vet, too!
About the Author
DR.GABBY WILD earned her bachelor of science and doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degrees at Cornell University. She completed her veterinary internship training at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and received her master of public health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota. She is a published genetics researcher and uses her research background to screen zoonotic disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people. To help maintain a healthy planet, she monitors herd and individual health for rising epidemics. Dr. Wild balances her Western medicine practices with traditional Chinese medicine in an effort to blend both methodologies. (In fact, she's the first veterinary acupuncturist of elephants in the past 3,000 years). Acclaimed for her role as "the veterinarian" on Animal Jam, the world's largest online "playground" with 54 million players, she creates educational videos and teaches children internationally about wildlife conservation and medicine. When not in the wild, Gabby works as a Wildlife Health Program veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo and is a training veterinary surgeon at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. She lives in New York City.
JENNIFER SZYMANSKI is an author and freelance science writer. She specializes in writing materials that support both teachers and students in meeting national and state science standards, but considers her "real" job to be helping students connect science to everyday life. She lives near Pittsburgh with her family, and is most often found outside, usually with her nose stuck in a book.
Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Gabby Zonenshine (aka “Gabby Wild”) shares facts about animals and details her personal experience in the field. This title features bright, eye-catching photos of wild animals in their natural habitats. Chapters are organized by continent and region: South America, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and North America. Around eight animals from each area region are highlighted, including jaguars, bats, gorillas, giant pandas, kangaroos, and wolves. Each chapter also provides a geography lesson and stories from Wild about animals from each area. There are instructions on how to use the book, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. Wild explains why she decided to become a vet, what a vet does, and how to become one. There is also information on what to do if you locate an injured animal in the wild. Overall, this engaging text is sure to delight readers.
VERDICT Recommended for libraries where the publisher’s books or animal titles are popular.
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