If you've never seen a lowland tapir, you're not alone. Most of the people who live near tapir habitat in Brazil's vast Pantanal (the Everglades on steroids) haven't seen the elusive snorkel-snouted mammal, either. In this arresting nonfiction picture book, Sibert winners Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join a tapir-finding expedition led by the Brazilian field scientist Patricia Medici.
Things didn't always go as planned, but with the help of radio collars, microchips, and hidden cameras, the team came away with a new look at the habits of this shy "gardener of the forest." Aspiring scientists will love the immediate, often humorous "you are there" descriptions of fieldwork in this book from the Scientists in the Field series, and imagine themselves doing their own part to study — and protect — endangered creatures.
"The latest project of the award-winning dynamic duo takes the reader to Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands, where field scientist Patricia Medici leads a talented team in search of the unsung tapir.... Both the images and text highlight how the tight-knit team operates as a think tank when obstacles arise, such as the failure of a tranquilizing dart to adequately penetrate, and solutions must be found.... This contribution to the Scientists in the Field series seamlessly blends eloquent text and vivid images to spotlight the gentle tapir and those field scientists whose lives are committed to conserve animal species for the sake of our environment and our humanity." — Gail Bush, Booklist
|Recommended Age||9 and up|
|Publication Date||Jul 23, 2013|
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers|
|Series Name||Scientists In The Field|