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The Elephant Scientist

In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park, they call her "the mother of all elephants." Camouflaged and peering through binoculars, Caitlin O'Connell — the American scientist who traveled to Namibia to study African elephants in their natural habitat — could not believe what she was seeing. As the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopping midstride and standing as still as statues. The observation would be one of many to guide O'Connell to a groundbreaking discovery!

In this Sibert Honor book from the Scientists in the Field series, young readers will learn how O'Connell found creative ways to protect both the elephants and the livelihoods of the farmers who threatened them. Full of exquisite photographs, this is a stunning volume that celebrates finding ways to live alongside nature, rather than in competition with it.

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"Children will be interested in O'Connell's growing interest in science, how family and teachers encouraged her, and her efforts to protect these threatened animals. This amazing presentation is a must-have for all collections." — School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 and up
Author Caitlin O'Connell, Donna M. Jackson
Illustrator Timothy Rodwell
ISBN 0544668308
Publication Date Jul 11, 2011
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Series Name Scientists In The Field
Language English