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Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat

Written by Sy Montgomery & illustrated by Nic Bishop and Sy Montgomery
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Apr 1, 2014
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Since the year 1900, cheetah footprints quickly dwindled in African dirt as the species plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these stunning, swift, and slender creatures from extinction. Since the organization’s start in 1990, they’ve rescued more than 900 cheetahs, most of whom have been returned to the wild.

But this arduous challenge continues. For most African livestock farmers, cheetahs are the last thing they want to see on their properties. In the 1980s, as many as 19 cheetahs per farmer died each year. Cheetahs were considered vermin—but, in learning more about this magnificent species, we know this is far from true.

Today, CCF acts as a liaison between the farmers and the cheetahs, in order to promote cohabitation in an ecosystem that cannot thrive without the existence of the precious and predatory cheetah. On a wild ride through the African wilderness—sometimes sniffing out scents left in the dirt—Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join CCF in studying the cheetah’s ecological, genetic, and behavioral patterns in order to chase down the fastest animal on land and save the species—before it is too late.

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Who Wrote Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat

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Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and author of twenty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus and the memoir The Good Good Pig, a New York Times bestseller. The recipient of numerous honors, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, border collie, and flock of chickens.

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Who Illustrated Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat

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Nic Bishop

Nic Bishop, who holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.Visit his website at: nicbishop.com

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780547815497
Publication Date:
April 1, 2014
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2013017611
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0547815492
Lexile® Level:
1000L
ATOS® Book Level:
6.5
Accelerated Reader® Points:
3.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
164498
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
MG

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