Discover the thousands of animals that call Earth home in this new edition of National Geographic's best-selling Animal Encyclopedia. Updated and reviewed by experts in the field for the most accurate, up-to-date information, this comprehensive reference book features 2,500 species, 1,000 stunning photos, and more than a dozen engaging maps. Jam-packed with fun facts--such as the world's tallest animal, the longest living animal on Earth, and even the smelliest--it also contains new, exclusive "From the Field" reports highlighting National Geographic explorers working around the world to study and protect every kind of animal, from giraffes to penguins and sharks to snails. Kids will love diving into topics like animal homes and habitats, migration, life cycles and babies, conservation and more! This must-have encyclopedia for all animal lovers also includes an extensive listing of animal species with basic facts and figures, and a comprehensive glossary and index. Perfect for reading for fun or researching for school, or for use in the classroom, this second edition provides an excellent overview of the diversity of animals that live on this planet and why each one is so unique in its own way. Complete your National Geographic Kids encyclopedia collection with these popular titles:• National Geographic Kids Space Encyclopedia• National Geographic Kids Science Encyclopedia• National Geographic Kids Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture
About the Author
LUCY SPELMAN is a board-certified zoo and wildlife veterinarian with degrees from Brown University and the University of California, Davis. During her tenure as the first woman and youngest person to head the Smithsonian's National Zoo, she brought two giant pandas to the U.S. from China and launched a major renovation plan. She worked as a consultant for Animal Planet before moving to central Africa to run the field program for Gorilla Doctors. Inspired by the many connections between the arts and sciences, she began teaching biology at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, and founded the nonprofit Creature Conserve in 2015. Spelman sees patients in clinical practice and is a National Geographic Explorer. She is also the author of numerous scientific articles and The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes, a collection of true stories. She lives in Rhode Island with her two terriers, Hatch and Trip.