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National Geographic Kids April 2020

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National Geographic Kids magazine - the perfect balance between learning and fun! A must-have for children ages 6 and up. Each issue is packed with colorful photos, games, puzzles, fun features and facts about animals, science, technology, and more.

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United States
National Geographic Society
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
help us save animals−together

That means you! You recycle every chance you get. You sip through a reusable straw instead of a single-use plastic one. And you harass your parents when they don’t do the same thing—all to help protect the Earth and everything that lives on it. But animals still need your help. More than 30,000 species are threatened with extinction, and it’s up to all of us to save them. That’s why to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, National Geographic and Disney are protecting 50 at-risk animals. A few of them are on this page; turn the page to meet more. Then go online to get more information about these critters, tips on how to help them, and even details about how your family can donate money to protect endangered species. We…

1 min.
20 animals that need your help

The animals on these pages are important to the health of their habitats—and therefore the planet. That’s why to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, National Geographic and Disney are protecting these and 30 other at-risk species. And you can help too! Check out these creatures that were photographed by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore at zoos and other safe places around the world. Then turn to pages 24-27 to find out how you can help save animals, or go online. natgeokids.com/SaveTogether Photo Ark is a joint project of National Geographic and Joel Sartore, who is on a mission to take pictures of all 15,000 animal species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. For more information, go online. natgeokids.com/photo-ark JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAGE COLLECTION (ALL)…

1 min.
weird but true!

MESSAGES FROM YOUR BRAIN travel along your nerves at up to 200 MILES AN HOUR. DOLPHINS can hear SOUNDS UNDERWATER that are 15 MILES AWAY. If you traveled at the SPEED OF LIGHT, you could reach PLUTO in just 4 hours. In outer space, liquids become sphere shaped. The first bubble gum, made in 1906, was called “Blibber-Blubber.” The world’s LARGEST PIZZA was 122 feet, 8 inches across and weighed 26,883 pounds, AS MUCH AS 2 MALE AFRICAN ELEPHANTS. SOME SALAMANDERS can REGROW their TAILS, LEGS, and even parts of their EYES. BABY RATTLE-SNAKES are born WITHOUT RATTLES. If you NEVER CUT YOUR HAIR, it could grow more than 30 FEET in your lifetime. About 10 THOUSAND of the CELLS in your body could fit on the head of a PIN. WIN THE BOOK! TRY ONLINE MARCH 18-25. natgeokids.com/april EFKS/SHUTTERSTOCK (BRAIN); LIGHTSPRING/SHUTTERSTOCK…

1 min.
guinness world records

JUMPING DOG Dogs love to leap for balls and treats, but over a jump rope? Geronimo the border collie mix skipped 91 times over a jump rope—the most skips by a dog in one minute. Owner Samantha Valle took five weeks to teach the dog the trick. Turns out Geronimo is multitalented. He also holds the record for the most double-Dutch-style jump-rope skips(128!) in one minute. GIANT GNOME Howard the garden gnome is a little big to stand in a flower bed. In fact, he’s taller than a giraffe! At nearly 26 feet tall, Howard is the largest garden gnome on record. Residents of Vancouver Island, Canada—where Howard has been located for more than 20 years—can spot the gnome from miles away. LOTS OF T-SHIRTS Talk about a layered look. Ted Hastings holds the record…

1 min.
brain candy

Each year, people in the United States create about 268 million tons of waste. When we toss stuff in the trash can, it might be sent to a landfill, or it could be burned. In the landfill, some materials, like paper and yard trimmings, might decompose(which means break down into parts that can be reused by nature) in just a few weeks. But other items, like glass and plastic, could take a million years or more to decompose. Take a look at this breakdown of the most common types of waste in the United States, and think about recycling or composting these items instead! Rubber, leather, and other things make up the rest of what we throw away.…

1 min.
amazing animals

Yukon Territory, Canada When a momma grizzly bear and her nearly full-grown cub spotted a metal road sign, the pair could bearly contain their excitement. The two stood up on their hind legs and rubbed their backs and faces against the pole like they were scratching bear-size itches! But the two probably weren’t itchy, says Tom Smith, a bear biologist at Brigham Young University in Utah. “Bears use these scratching behaviors to lay down their scent,” he says. “It tells other bears that live there that these two are nearby, which can help bears avoid fights or find mates.” Bears living in forested areas often leave their scent on tree trunks. But in the treeless Canadian tundra, grizzlies spread their odor on boulders, muddy areas, and human-made objects like buildings and signposts. Sort…