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Follow Those Zebras: Solving a Migration Mystery

Lerner/Millbrook. (Sandra Markle’s Science Discoveries). Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $31.99. ISBN 9781541538375.
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Gr 3-6–Markle’s informational picture book describes how scientists worked to solve the mystery of migrating zebras in southern Africa. Every year during the dry season, thousands of zebras disappeared from the savannas, and no one could explain where they went. In 2012 Robin Naidoo, a research scientist with the World Wildlife Fund, assembled a team to uncover the answer. Naidoo and his team decided to track the zebras using GPS tracking collars. Surprisingly, the data showed the longest-known terrestrial wildlife migration in Africa. The researchers learned that the zebras traveled to Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana. Plenty of photographs provide visual context to this mystery, and small sidebars offer interesting tidbits without overwhelming the page. Markle shares an abundance of information about the environment and basic facts on zebras before delving into the mystery of their migration. Text moves quickly and maintains reader interest, although the tone is better suited for younger readers. An extensive glossary, an author’s note, an index, and suggested reading are included.
VERDICT A solid and readable addition to school library collections.

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