Saving the Tasmanian Devil (Hardcover)
How Science Is Helping the World’s Largest Marsupial Carnivore Survive (Scientists in the Field Series)
HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544991484, 80pp.
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
In 1995, a deadly disease began sweeping across the Australian island state of Tasmania, killing every infected Tasmanian devil. The disease moved so fast that some scientists feared the species would be wiped out in the wild within a few decades.
Where did this disease, named Devil Facial Tumor Disease, come from? What caused it—a virus, bacteria, or something else? How did it pass from one devil to another? What could be done to fight it?
When author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent learned of the race to save the devil from her friend, Australian geneticist Jenny Graves, she felt compelled to travel to Australia to learn firsthand from scientists what they were finding out about these iconic Tasmanian animals and what they were doing to help it from disappearing in the wild.
Follow Dorothy as she takes readers on a fascinating journey into the Australian mainland and Tasmania, visiting parks and wildlife refuges and joining geneticist, ecologists, and other researchers as they work tirelessly to save Tasmania’s unique icon.
About the Author
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her husband in Missoula, Montana.
Praise For Saving the Tasmanian Devil: How Science Is Helping the World’s Largest Marsupial Carnivore Survive (Scientists in the Field Series)…
"Trailblazing nature writer for youth Patent returns to the Scientists in the Field series.... [with] a sympathetic introduction to an animal most readers will only know from cartoon and legend."—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books