The Great Giraffe Rescue

Saving the Nubian Giraffes

From the Series Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Long ago, Nubian giraffes roamed wild across Uganda.

Over time, as people constructed roads and towns, giraffe habitat and populations shrank. By 2016, nearly all of the country’s two hundred and fifty giraffes were grouped in one area within Murchison Falls National Park. Then a rich oil deposit was discovered there and companies made plans to start drilling, which would make the area unlivable for giraffes.

To preserve their dwindling population, the Ugandan government enlisted the help of a giraffe conservation organization to move a group of giraffes across a river to safer territory. Can they do it in time to keep the giraffes safe?

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2023-04-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF003280, JNF003270, JNF057020
Dewey 599.638096761
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Guided Reading Level V
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Children who love animals will probably enjoy learning about the Nubian giraffe rescue. Teachers may want to include this title in a unit about animals or wildlife conservation. Reviewer Rating: 5” –Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“A welcome example of human efforts to salvage what’s left of the natural world.”—Kirkus Reviews