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Return from Extinction
The Triumph of the Elephant Seal
By (author): Linda L. Richards
9781459821361 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Marine Life North America Oct 13, 2020 Print Run: 8000
$24.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 560 gr 96 pages 70 , 12 Colour illustrations, 1 Index, 1 FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
Back from the brink.

Less than 100 years ago, the northern elephant seal was thought to be extinct. Today more than 250,000 elephant seals swim in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Mexico. In Return from Extinction: The Triumph of the Elephant Seal Linda L. Richards tells the story of their dramatic recovery.

Elephant seals were hunted to near extinction for their precious oil before the Mexican government stepped in to protect them. Many people thought it was too late. Even though the life of the elephant seal is difficult and only 20 percent of pups born will make it to adulthood, the species adapted and came back from the brink. They are a true conservation success story.

Key Selling Points

  • The northern elephant seal population is thriving today despite being almost hunted to extinction less than 100 years ago.
  • With so much talk of extinction and climate change, the elephant seal is a too rarely seen conservation success story.
  • Linda L. Richards has been visiting the northern elephant seals at their rookeries in California for many years. Many of the photos in the book were taken by her.
  • Part of the Orca Wild series that explores animals that we share the world with and examines the effects—both positive and negative—that humans have on the animals and habitats.

Linda L. Richards is a journalist and award-winning author. She is the founding editor of January Magazine, one of the Web's most respected voices about books. Linda divides her time between Vancouver, Phoenix and Paso Robles, California.

“Richards creates a compelling journey. Her style could be described as Mary Roach for children…An ecological success story with humor and heart that earns its place in any middle grade library.” - School Library Journal

“Plenty of facts...A nice mix of photographs enliven the pages…Natural-history nonfiction [that] endearingly reflects the author’s enthusiasm.” - Kirkus Reviews

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