The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal

Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop. Houghton Mifflin, $18.99 (80p) ISBN 978-0-547-81548-0
According to Montgomery, the tapir “looks like a cross between a hippo, an elephant, and something prehistoric,” and indeed the animal has survived for more than 12 million years. In this addition to the Scientists in the Field series, Montgomery and Bishop bring readers into Brazil’s Pantanal, an expanse of grasslands and subtropical forests, where a team of scientists tracks tapirs in an effort to understand them more completely. Profiles of scientists and ranchers, discussions of other animals of the Pantanal, Bishop’s typically electric nature photography, and a few tense moments in the wild combine to create a full, fascinating picture of tapirs and one place they call home, as well as the work being done to protect them. Ages 10–up. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/03/2013
Release date: 07/23/2013
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