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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

February 2019

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

United States
Cricket Media, Inc.
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9 Issues


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1. Scientists are using drones to protect animals. Drones cover more ground than people, are cheaper than hiring an airplane or helicopter, and can reach places that bigger aircraft can’t get to. Drones are used to gather information such as the numbers of animals in a specific area or the location of illegal hunters. 2. Zoos and aquariums around the world breed endangered and threatened species in captivity and later release some of them into the wild. Captive breeding programs have been successful in saving species such as the black-footed ferret, California condor, red wolf, and Arabian oryx from extinction. 3. A keystone species is a plant or animal that has an impact on an entire ecosystem. For example, when beavers build dams, the marshy area they create provides…

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categories of endangered species

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) Least Concern (LC) Species is widespread. Jaguar (Panthera onca) Near Threatened (NT) Species will most likely qualify as threatened in the near future. Black Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus) Vulnerable (VU) Fewer than 10,000 adult individuals of this species exist. Probability that it will be extinct: at least 10 percent. Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Endangered (EN) Fewer than 2,500 adult individuals exist. Probability that it will be extinct in the wild: at least 20 percent within 20 years or 5 generations. Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis) Critically Endangered (CR) Fewer than 250 adult individuals exist. Probability that it will be extinct in the wild: at least 50 percent within 10 years or…

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chimpanzees: primates in peril

What do you think of when you hear the name David Greybeard? A plundering pirate, like Blackbeard? Or perhaps a Norse god, like Redbeard? If so, you are barking up the wrong family tree. David Greybeard was Dr. Jane Goodall’s favorite chimpanzee. He was the very first chimp to trust Jane. He was also the first one she saw using tools and eating meat. David was very kind. He remained gentle even when other chimps grew aggressive. If he had not brought the other chimps to visit her camp, Jane may not have been able to meet and document the behavior of the Gombe chimps. Goodall thinks that David died during a pneumonia epidemic in 1968. This cooperative and friendly chimp has major street cred, too. TIME named him…

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eyes in the skies

How do you count orangutans that nest way up high in the canopy of a rainforest? Or vaccinate burrow-dwelling prairie dogs against a deadly disease? Ecologists and biologists often face these kinds of practical challenges in their mission to protect animals. In some cases, the solution has been a gadget once used only by the military: drones.Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are small aircraft that fly without a pilot on board. Drones can be operated via remote control. Their flight paths can also be programmed ahead of time. Some people fly drones for fun. Drones can go where people can’t, which makes them useful for studying animals.Scientists often need to know how many individuals of a species remain in the wild. They use those numbers to determine which species…

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zoos: fighting to save endangered species

The lemur inspired Dr. Tara Harris to purse a career in animal conservation. “Responsible zoos and aquariums are leading efforts to rebuild the disappearing animal species of our planet, while at the same time educating and cultivating the world’s populations of inspired conservationists.”—Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., President, American Humane Society A fascination with lemurs led Dr. Tara Harris to a career in conservation biology. Lemurs belong to the primate family and are the most endangered animals on the planet.“They are so unusual and were unlike any animal I had ever seen or heard about,” she says. “It inspired me to learn more.”Harris studied wild primates at Yale University. During that time, she spent four years in the jungles of Uganda doing research on the colobus monkey.“The monkeys I studied weren’t…

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the european endangered species program

Zoos and aquariums around the world are committed to saving threatened and endangered species. Zoos in 34 European countries participate in the European Endangered Species Program (EEP). The EEP provides zoos with strict guidelines for breeding endangered animals in captivity. European zoos have also invested in preserving habitats and researching infectious diseases that threaten endangered species.The European bison, Europe’s largest mammal, was saved from extinction because of the EEP. After the species went extinct in the wild in the early 1900s, 54 European bison were bred in captivity. More than 3,000 of these animals now live in the wild.The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has asked its 280 member organizations to devote at least three percent of their budgets to conservation work. WAZA is based in Switzerland…