Species on the Edge
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Species on the Edge is an encyclopedia of 365 endangered plants and animals based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Each encyclopedia page has a photo, habitat map, taxonomy, IUCN Red List vulnerability ranking, and a written description of the animal's habitat, population, and threats. The threat descriptions often mention hunting or poaching, but not in graphic detail. Pages can be marked as favorites and shared on email, Facebook, and Twitter.
Is it any good?
SPECIES ON THE EDGE is a great reference for anyone with a casual or scholarly interest in endangered species. The species of the day and the beautiful photos help engage users, and the "threat thermometer" helps move people past the standard "endangered vs. extinct" categories. For kids willing to dig, there's also some interesting information about the importance of species and the purpose of the IUCN Red List. So, if you're already interested and involved and just looking for an encyclopedia to give you more knowledge and exposure, this is a great one. If you're looking for more interactivity and ideas about what you can do to get involved, though, this won't suit.