By Jeff Corwin
Well known tv host Jeff Corwin takes readers on a gripping trip worldwide to satisfy the animals threatened by means of extinction
It's no mystery that our planet is in concern. Environmental threats corresponding to weather swap, toxins, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of millions of plant and animal species. In a hundred Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin presents an pressing portrait of the natural world teetering at the brink.
From the forests slipping away underneath the stealthy paws of the Florida panther, to the large panda's plight to climb ever larger within the mountains of China, Corwin takes you on an international journey to witness firsthand the severe nation of our flora and fauna. alongside the best way, he stocks inspiring tales of battles being waged and gained via the conservationists at the entrance traces of safeguard.
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