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Hainan Gibbon

Written by Ben Garrod

Illustrated by Gabriel Ugueto

Part of the Extinct - The Story of Life on Earth Series

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Hainan Gibbon Review

Dinosaurs Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Science The Natural World Stories about Animals

Professor Ben Garrod tackles the mass extinction that concerns us all, the Anthropocene

This is the latest book in Ben Garrod’s excellent series, Extinct. Previous books have examined mass extinctions and the creatures that disappeared from Earth as a result, from Hallucigenia to the Megaladon, and we’ve learned that extinction can be a natural process and can even help evolution. But the mass extinction he’s examining in this book is different, because the Anthropocene has been caused by humans.

The subject of this book, the Hainan gibbon, is not extinct but it is critically endangered. With the help of experts, Garrod explains the impact humans have had on habitats and species and how it’s still possible for us to save the Hainan gibbon and other endangered species. As with all the books in the series, it’s full of information and the latest scientific thinking, explained with real clarity and quite a bit of humour, the text accompanied by wonderful full colour illustrations. Garrod’s passion and enthusiasm shines through and readers of any and all ages will benefit from reading this series.

Andrea Reece

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Only book in series to focus on an animal not yet extinct

Eighth book empowers readers to become species savers.

Fascinating insight into a critically endangered animal that we still have the chance to save

Garrod invites leading experts to explain human impact on habitats and species.

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Hainan Gibbon Synopsis

TV scientist Ben Garrod presents the biggest extinction events ever, told from the point of view of evolution's superstars, the most incredible animals ever to swim, stalk, slither or walk our planet. Whether you're 9 or 90, his unique exploration of the most destructive, yet most creative, force in nature makes top level science fun.

Can we make the Hainan gibbon a super-survivor? It's one of our closest living relatives and among the most endangered animals on our planet. Can we change our role in the story of life, from being super-careless to being super-savers and do what we can to help our most interesting, incredible and important species from going extinct? The future depends on us. Here are the superstars of the story of life, from the super-weird to the super-ferocious. Usually a species has 10 million years or so of evolving, eating, chasing, playing, maybe doing homework, or even going to the moon before it goes extinct.

Collect all eight books about animals we have lost in mass extinctions caused by asteroids or mega-volcanoes, clashing continents and climate change.

Past brought to full-colour life by palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto

Ask an Expert contributions from leading scientists

Glossary and pronunciation guide

Hainan Gibbon Press Reviews

Praise for Ben Garrod;

'Eye-opening science with striking artwork reveals our lost creatures' - Sunday Times, Best Children's Books for the Summer.

'An accessible, beautifully illustrated book that covers millions of years of natural history by focusing on one particularly deadly predator... I am intrigued to read the other books in the series' - Cassie Lawrence, librarian, LoveReading4Schools

'This book is brilliant. It was interesting and so many facts I didn't know before... The illustrations are great. Will be looking at other books in this series' - Toppsta reader review, age 8, on Dunkleosteus.

'A truly gripping and awe-inspiring series of books... An awesome way in which to learn tons and have a great time doing it' - VIP Reading.

'The size and colour of this book made me want to open it straight away... This is a must have series of books for any school library' - Angela Carr, teacher, LoveReading4Schools

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ISBN: 9781838935474
Publication date: 12/05/2022
Publisher: Zephyr an imprint of Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838935474
Publication date: 12th May 2022
Author: Ben Garrod
Illustrator: Gabriel Ugueto
Publisher: Zephyr an imprint of Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Dinosaurs, Science, The Natural World, Animals

About Ben Garrod

Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. He broadcasts regularly on TV and radio and is trustee and ambassador of a number of key conservation organisations. His previous books include So You Think You Know About... Dinosaurs? and The Chimpanzee and Me, published by Zephyr. 

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