Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild

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Annotation: Discusses the groundbreaking efforts in China to reintroduce the giant panda to its native habitat, and how similar techniques can be used to help bring other endangered species back from the brink of extinction.
Genre: Biology
Catalog Number: #182075
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 60 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-81891-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4411-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-81891-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4411-9
Dewey: 599.789
LCCN: 2017024801
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In an engaging and balanced narrative, Thimmesh describes Chinese conservation researchers' groundbreaking efforts to reintroduce pandas to the wild and the challenges this vulnerable species faces given their small numbers and vanishing habitats. Numerous photographs show adorable pandas and their human caregivers--innovatively dressed in panda suits to shield developing pandas from human contact. "What Can You Do?" section included. Bib., glos., ind.
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 57 Many have seen videos of humans in panda suits tending to the needs of smaller, actual pandas, and they may have asked, why are they dressed that way? Thimmesh's new book answers that and more as she delves in the conservation efforts of various groups in China, including the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, also known as Camp Panda. The Sibert Medalwinning author begins with an overview of pandas and explains why they are at risk of becoming extinct. Readers learn that just as humans have played an important role in endangering the species, they're playing a significant role in helping to protect the panda and other animals, too. The costumes, by the way, help to limit a young panda's exposure to humans so that the animal will more easily adapt to the wild and be wary of people, which is key to their survival. The text is well written with age-appropriate vocabulary, though quotes set in italics are a bit jarring. Every spread includes at least one full-color photo, and the eye-catching panda photos are primarily from the conservation groups. The back matter includes a page inviting readers to learn more about and to take part in conservation efforts. VERDICT Animal conservation is always a welcome subject in libraries, and the depth and breadth of this book make it a first purchase. Marie Drucker, Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Deforestation, poaching, pollution, human overpopulation, and climate change have severely damaged the habitats and population of giant pandas in their native China, but government-supported conservation efforts are helping bring back a species that is considered a national treasure. Thimmesh explains the work of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in the Wolong Nature Reserve, which uses a three-stage program to reintroduce pandas to the wild. The goal of the program is to create a self-sustaining wild panda population, one that can survive and breed without human intervention. Since baby pandas are not born with an innate set of survival skills, CCRCGP scientists must teach the cubs those skills, such as how to find food, avoid predators, and seek shelter. To mitigate human contact with cubs in training, scientists must wear giant panda costumes rubbed all over with excrement and urine so that they look and smell like giant pandas when handling and interacting with cubs. Thimmesh acknowledges critics of this ambitious, expensive program but explains that the panda has become an adored iconic species, and conservationists can build upon their popularity to "broaden public awareness and support for a wider spectrum of conservation concerns." Complementing Thimmesh's thoughtful, engagingly written text are many arrestingly adorable color photographs of pandas in training and in the wild. A timely, uplifting story. (photos, source notes) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In September 2016, giant pandas were downgraded from a threatened species to a vulnerable one. This comeback was due to human intervention: decades of conservation efforts have led to a burgeoning wild panda population. Of course, it was human intervention that led to the decline of their numbers in the first place aching, pollution, and human population booms all contributed to shrinking panda numbers. In clear, fact-packed prose, Sibert medalist Thimmesh (Team Moon, 2006) examines the panda reintroduction program that began in China's Wolong Nature Reserve. After a rocky start, the program settled on its ultimate goal: to prepare panda cubs for eventual release by eliminating human contact (workers dressed up in panda suits so cubs wouldn't become desensitized to humans) and preparing them for everything they might experience in the wild. Thimmesh folds in facts about the effects pandas have on their ecosystem, other endangered species across the globe, and the trial and error inherent with the scientific method. Frequent detailed pictures of pandas and their caretakers complement the measured text, and extensive back matter cluding a subsection on what the average person can do to help conservation efforts kes this an excellent resource for researchers, STEM-lovers, and aspiring environmentalists.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Word Count: 7,711
Reading Level: 8.4
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 195650 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:12.9 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q74788
Lexile: NC1260L

Robert F. Sibert Honor Award winner "Complementing Thimmesh's thoughtful, engagingly written text are many arrestingly adorable color photographs of pandas in training and in the wild. A timely, uplifting story." -- Kirkus, starred review From the Sibert medal-winning author of TEAM MOON and the bestselling GIRLS THINK OF EVERYTHING comes a riveting, timely account of panda conservation efforts in China, perfect for budding environmentalists and activists. Roughly a thousand years ago, an estimated 23,000 pandas roamed wild and free through their native China. But within the past forty years, more than fifty percent of the panda's already shrinking habitat has been destroyed by humans, leaving the beautiful and beloved giant panda vulnerable to extinction. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds--poaching, habitat destruction, pollution, human overpopulation, and global climate change--the panda is making a comeback.How? By humans teaching baby pandas how to be wild and stay wild. Chicago Public Library Best of 2018 Kirkus Best Book of 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection


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