The magnificent migration On safari with Africa's last great herds

Sy Montgomery

Book - 2019

Follows a safari team led by Dr. Richard Estes as they track one of the largest land migrations--wildebeests crossing the Serengeti--with information on other animal migrations and the importance of protecting the African savanna ecosystem.

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Instructional and educational works
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2019]
Main Author
Sy Montgomery (author)
Other Authors
Roger Wood, 1947- (photographer), Logan Wood
Physical Description
149 pages, 9 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color map ; 27 cm
Age 10+
Grade 4 to 6.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

It's possible that wildebeest won't initially grab readers' attentions, but it's worth encouraging them to take a chance on these African ungulates, because Montgomery quickly proves that they're as exciting as they come. While similar to her volumes in the Scientists in the Field series, this stand-alone title has a far more personal tone, as Montgomery narrates her experiences with wildebeest expert Dr. Richard Estes and their safari team as they track the massive, year-round migration of these animals. Montgomery impressively conveys the large-scale importance of wildebeest's Serengeti circuit by focusing on the details observed (and smelled) on her journey. It's a trip punctuated by vampiric flies, car trouble, laughter, tragedy, and wonder all while in pursuit of a somehow elusive, million-strong herd. Wildebeest, also called gnus, are a keystone species whose pursuit of Africa's rains keeps its grassland ecosystem healthy, but human expansion and poaching are taking a toll on this, to use Montgomery's term, symphonic migration. She makes connections to other awesome animal migrants (loggerhead sea turtles, zooplankton, monarch butterflies, etc.) and zooms in on other animals her team encounters on their travels, providing a larger context for the wildebeest's migration and a clear depiction of nature's interconnectedness. Montgomery's and Dr. Estes' passion for these astonishing animals makes this illuminating, information-rich account an adventure that may just inspire a gnu generation of ecological heroes.--Julia Smith Copyright 2019 Booklist

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Review by Horn Book Review

Montgomery takes readers on safari, joining a group led by eminent scientist Dr. Richard Despard Estes to follow wildebeest migrations through Tanzania and Kenya. Its springmating seasonand although its main goal is to see the vast herds of wildebeest, the group also encounters lions, elephants, hippos, and a host of antelope species. Montgomerys explanations of the science of migration and the complex relationships among life and land in the Serengeti ecosystem are told through a practically minute-by-minute narrative of her adventures. Readers may feel as though they are in the hot and dusty Land Cruiser alongside our narrator as she makes observations about animals, the landscape, and even her traveling companions and their interesting histories. The impacts of humans on the fragile ecosystem and animal populationspositively through conservation and education and negatively through poaching and climate changeare noted throughout. The Woods photographs, set off by the sharp book design, skillfully capture the sweeping landscapes, the diverse species of the region, and the people who live nearby and who study the animals. Hand-drawn maps illustrate the vast areas through which wildebeests travel on their migration cycle. Labels and captions appear as pages torn from notebooks, or images taped into a diary. Back matter includes a selected bibliography, an index, and Get Involved! advice for how to support the conservation of wild animal populations in the Serengeti. danielle j. ford September/October 2019 p.116(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Montgomery journeys into the heart of the wildebeest migration with a wildlife biologist who has been studying these African mammals for more than 50 years.Eleven chapters and a reflective epilogue chronicle a two-week visit to Tanzania's northern plains with a small group led by Richard Estes, "the guru of gnu." Montgomery, who has described many remarkable scientific field trips for the Scientists in the Field series, aims this report at older readers who can take in and act on her underlying message: "Throughout the Serengeti, our kind threatens the very survival of the migration we've come so far to witness." Tension heightens as the wildebeest hordes elude them for days. Finally, a dramatic car breakdown in the wilderness is followed by "immersion" in an ocean of migrating gnusa climax that would be unbelievable in fiction. Setting this particular safari in a larger context, and heightening the suspense, are interspersed short segments about Serengeti wildlife, poachers' snares, the role of fire, "other magnificent migrants," and more. The overall design is inviting and appropriate to the subject. There are maps, plentiful photos of African animals, and pictures and minibiographies of Montgomery's all-white safari companions, both American and Tanzanian. Montgomery touches on the white-directed nature of much scientific research in Africa as well as pressures from colonialism and climate change but keeps her focus tightly on the wildebeest.A splendid wildlife adventure skillfully conveyed. (acknowledgments, selected bibliography, note on wildebeest conservation and tourism, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 11-adult) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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