Emi and the Rhino Scientist (Houghton Mifflin; October 2007) is the powerful tale of one scientist’s battle to save a species of rare Sumatran rhinos—one calf at a time. In order to realize this hope and preserve the future of one of the planet’s most endangered animals, Dr. Terri Roth works with her team at the Cincinnati Zoo to help their own Sumatran, Emi, conceive and birth her first calf. Finally, after four years of disappointment, it looks as though Emi might finally become a mother . . . but will it happen for her?
Mary Kay Carson’s fascinating and easy-to-follow tale of this special rhino’s journey is a compelling and uplifting adventure not to be missed. Featuring beautiful full-color photographs by Tom Uhlman and detailed charts and graphs to help the reader follow the science of the story, Emi and the Rhino Scientist is both entertaining and educational. Children will love learning about this strange and rarely seen animal, and parents and teachers will applaud the conservation message that Mary Kay Carson so poignantly illustrates.
Emi and the Rhino Scientist is a testament to the dedication and passion of scientists like Dr. Terri Roth, whose tireless efforts on behalf of science change the face of the world we live in.
The Scientist in the Field series shows people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant, and exciting to young readers. Far from the research laboratory, these are firsthand adventures in the great outdoors—adventures with a purpose. From climbing into a snake den with thousands of slithering snakes to tracking wolves, swimming with hammerhead sharks, and collecting bugs, readers experience the thrill of discovering the unknown.
A sampling of some of our most recent titles in this award-winning series:
The Whale Scientists: Solving the Mystery of Whale Strandings
Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes
The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Loree Griffin Burns
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano
The Tarantula Scientist
More information and a complete listing of Scientist in the Field books
Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman first wrote about and photographed Emi in 2001 for a magazine article about breeding captive rhinos. Now they are married and live in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a century-old house surrounded by deer, hawks, woodchucks, songbirds, and other creatures.