ZooBorns: The Newest, Cutest Animals from the World's Zoos and Aquariums

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | November 9, 2010 9:13 am

I get a lot of science books in the mail and unfortunately, don’t have a chance to review most of them on the blog. I read the titles that interest me most and when you see something mentioned here, it’s a safe bet that I’ve really enjoyed it. And now I’d like to tell you about two fantastic new books by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland:

ZooBorns: The Newest, Cutest Animals from
the World’s Zoos and Aquariums
(for all ages)

ZooBorns! zoo babies from around the world (for young children)

These are hands down the cutest books ever to grace my shelf. For those who need a surge of oxytocin, it’s impossible to pick up either one without smiling ear to ear. ZooBorns partnered with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Simon & Schuster to develop ZooBorns (for all ages) and ZooBorns! (for young children). Both are loaded with interesting facts and stories on featured animals and teach readers–young and old– about conservation. On top of that, a portion of the proceeds go directly to the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund. With the holidays around the corner, Zooborns will make an excellent an gift for any animal lover in your family!



Comments (2)

  1. Anna

    What a great idea for holiday gifts — sold! Also, I think one of the authors does the blog Zooillogix.

    We live near a zoological research center and they open the facilities to visitors now and then. One year we saw a baby red panda, which is the cutest of the cute.

    Even my teenage son had a goofy grin on his face.


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry.Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 info@hachettespeakersbureau.comFor more information, visit her website or email Sheril at srkirshenbaum@yahoo.com.


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