Operation Pangolin

Saving the World's Only Scaled Mammal

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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™

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Prized for their hard scales, pangolins are one of the most poached animals on the planet. They are also highly endangered. Yet scientists know very little about them. Pangolin rescuers and researchers such as Thai Nguyen have the difficult task of saving pangolins, changing local laws to prevent poaching, educating local communities, and learning more about these mysterious creatures. Join author and photographer Suzi Eszterhas in this exploration of the jungles of Vietnam where Thai works with the Save Vietnam's Wildlife organization to save endangered pangolins.

Prized for their hard scales, pangolins are one of the most poached animals on the planet. They are also highly endangered. Yet scientists know very little about them. Pangolin rescuers and...

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Miigweetch NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

This is a fantastic non-fiction book about pangolins, the world’s only scaled mammal. Unfortunately, their unique characteristics also make pangolins one of the world’s most trafficked animals. The book opens with a story about poaching, and it made me tear up. I try to find hope in the book’s story of Thai Van Nguyen, a Vietnamese man who has made it his life’s mission to rescue and save as many of these creatures as possible.

Suzi Eszterhas photography is lush and a delight to engage with; I found myself “ooohhing” and “awwwing” over more than one page. I recommend this book for general school library use, as well as any classroom that has a biological science unit, especially dealing with environmental protection and conservation of wildlife. This book is suitable for readers of all ages and any animal lover would enjoy it (would make a great coffee table book!)

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Wildlife photographer and author Suzi Eszterhas introduces readers to the efforts of rescuers and researchers like Thai Nguyen who are working to save pangolins, the world's only scaled mammal. Lots of photos detail the work being done to save pangolins, educate the public, and care for these endangered animals. The book provides a fine introduction to how scientists work and specifically to the habits and needs of pangolins. Short chapters deal with topics like where pangolins are found, why they need care and rescue, and how this is being done. A good choice for classes studying animals and/or the work of scientists.

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5-star read! Loved this excellent non-fiction book about pangolins that combines Suzi Eszterhas's wildlife photography with information on the animal's anatomy, habitat, behaviors, and the threats it faces in the wild. The book is framed in terms Thai Van Nguyen's rescue efforts in Vietnam giving young readers a detailed picture of how one person can take make a difference and be a leader, but discusses the problem of conservation and extinction in terms of broad government and private actions needed to ensure pangolins survive and thrive. There is even a section on pangolin pups which was completely adorable. Rich back matter includes a glossary and activities for young readers to do if they've been inspired to help this endangered animal. Highly recommend and will be getting a copy! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4907255825

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