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Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move (National Geographic Kids) (Hardcover)

By: Elizabeth Carney (Author)


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When wildebeests are on the move, the ground trembles beneath millions of pounding hooves. The animals travel in a rough circle across huge areas of Kenya and Tanzania, a region called the Serengeti. As plant eaters, they have to stay on the move to find a steady supply of greens. (Anup & Manuj Shah) Some 10 million golden of migrating jellyfish transform a Jellyfish Lake into a magical world of bobbing orbs as they follow the sun during their daily migration ritual. (National Geographic Television) Monarch butterflies take flight for the longest insect migration in the world. The delicate butterflies cannot survive cold winter temperatures, so in the fall they head south to spend the winter in Mexico. A single butterfly travels an average of 50 to 100 miles a day. (Stephanie Atlas) With giant hooked jaws, swarms of army ants rule the rain forest, feeding on anything in their path. They must travel daily in order to find enough food. In relation to the army ant’s size, each of its nightly migrations is equal to a human running a marathon. (Mark Moffett/Minden Pictures)

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Great herds of zebra thundering across the African plain…fragile butterflies traveling unbelievable distances…family groups of whales coursing through the waves. Many kinds of animals make annual migrations, and their stories reveal incredible strength and will to survive. These treks are magnificently documented in Great Migrations, the children’s illustrated companion to the upcoming 7-hour National Geographic television special of the same name.
Created for the huge audience of young animal lovers—and for the nation’s schools, where migration is taught as part of the core curriculum—this book spotlights wild creatures of highest interest to children. Action-filled photo spreads deliver immense "wow" appeal as animals vault over obstacles and escape the clutches of predators. Info-graphic spreads pack in the fascinating facts, with at-a-glance information on where, why, and how animals migrate.
Throughout the coverage, this timely book addresses the effect of climate change on animal migration—a story that is just now reaching the public, from scientists and other experts who have witnessed alarming trends.



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