National Geographic Kids Rise of the Lioness

A lioness is front and center as author Bradley Hague documents the restoring of a habitat and its pride on the Liuwa Plains.



Title:  Rise of the Lioness
Author: Bradley Hague
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
ISBN:  9781426325328

Review:

Author Bradley Hague is taking readers on a journey to the Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia, Africa. Amazing photography of a lioness, fondly referred to as Lady, and her pride are spectacular and will amaze readers. The purpose of this guide is to educate readers of the Liuwa ecosystem and what efforts are being made to restore the population of lions, cheetahs, wildebeest and more.

There are two main seasons on these amazing plains, wet and dry. In September temperatures can get as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit. All creatures that live on the plains live by the cycle of these seasons. The Liuwa plains have been the crown jewel of the flood plains for centuries. Each animal in this ecosystem fills a special role. The decline of a species can cause major disruption in the ecosystem. In order to restore this system, researchers focused on re-creating all of the systems.

Hague shares an experience that is important. Parents, students and teachers will enjoy the visual aspects as well as learning about the complexity of an ecosystem and how we can all help. The moral is, if we help the animals we help ourselves as well. The back pages provide more information about Liuwa and its restoration in the Afterword. There is also a glossary and pictures of and brief facts of the animals who live and thrive in the  Liuwa Plains.



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