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. Volume XII Number 9 . . . . January 6, 2006
Continuing in the award-winning style of the first five books in this series, Turtle Rescue describes the current situation for some of the 270 species of endangered turtles worldwide. Following a one-page introduction which offers fascinating details such as the turtles' 20 million year existence and its prominent role in many cultures, we learn from a map that turtles inhabit almost every type of environment except Earth's polar regions. Even this diversity cannot ensure their survival today, though, in the face of severe habitat destruction, pollution, the pet trade, medicinal use and the fact that their slow and predictable habits make them so easy to capture. Although conservation programs have been in place since 1959, only recently (1999) has satellite tracking been employed and (2003) legislation requiring escape mechanisms from shrimp nets been put in place. Ironically, the 2005 tsunami made it possible for olive ridley turtles to nest on a Malaysian beach for the first time in almost a decade.
With clear, appealing photography and up-to-the-minute details laid out in an engaging format, Turtle Rescue is a welcome addition to the “Firefly Animal Rescue” series. The author's extensive work in children's nature writing is well-known.
A BC resident, Gillian Richardson is a freelance writer and former teacher-librarian.
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