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Wild Horse Scientists (Scientists in the Field)by Kay Frydenborg
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Meet scientists Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, who have devoted their professional careers to unraveling the mysteries of wild horses DNA and developing a way to vaccinate the Assateague Island, VA herds with the birth control hormone PZP. Follow Dr. Kirkpatrick as he braves extreme island weather, clouds of biting parasites, and endures thousands of watchful hours, as he fights to maintain the precarious balance of Assateagues ecosystem. The result of his hard work and unwavering dedication is the first comprehensive research on an American wild horse populations mating habits and life span. Learn how Dr. Kirkpatricks meticulous handwritten notes chart not only the life cycle of his equine subjects, like Voodoo, Comma and Niacin, but how they are also contracts of deep mutual respect, affection and the tenuous bond between people and horses. Descriptive prose meets solid science as author Kay Frydenborg sheds light on a largely ignored field of study in the world of equine animal science. Revealing, never-before-seen photography offers a rare glimpse into the wild herds of Assateague, as well as the fierce but delicate beauty of their island home.
SITF sheds light on wild horse population control, a largely ignored area of equine animal science.
Scientists race to control the wild pony population of Assateague Island, Virginia. The horses' remarkable survival story is photographed and described in illustrious and rare detail in this marvelous addition to the successful series.
*"The photography is outstanding, and the images of horses going about their daily business put them front and center. . . . A worthy complement to most collections."—School Library Journal, starred review
Wild horses have roamed the shores of Assateague Island for centuries. As their population increases, however, they risk damaging the delicate area's ecosystem and being taken off the island. Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have each made these wild horses their lives' work.
Descriptive prose, solid science, and never-before-seen images of the reclusive Assateague herds reveal their fierce and untamed beauty.
Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have both, in their own unique way, made the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland their lives work. Experience Dr. Keiper's handwritten notes—taken over countless watchful hours in the field—which are both a diary and a scientific log that chart the lives of his equine subjects, some of nature's greatest survivors. And follow Dr. Kirkpatrick from the lab to the field as he works tirelessly to find a way to manage the horse population with a birth control vaccine, and helps keep the precarious balance of Assateagues ecosystem intact. Descriptive prose meets solid science as author Kay Frydenborg offers a rare glimpse into the wild herds of Assateague, sharing beautiful photos of the Assateague herds in their island home and of both of the scientists at work—some of them never seen before.
About the Author
Kay Frydenborg grew up in Sarasota, FL, the winter home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. She learned to ride horses at age seven, her lessons presided over by a retired circus equestrian...and a team of elephants. She is the author of Animal Therapist (Chelsea House, 2006), and They Dreamed of Horses (Walker & Co., 1994).The Wild Horse Scientists is her first book for Houghton Mifflin.
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