Books by Margaret Goff Clark

SAVE THE FLORIDA KEY DEER by Margaret Goff Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Clark (The Endangered Florida Panther, 1993, etc.) describes efforts to save the Florida Key deer, a toy-sized subspecies of the white-tailed deer. She provides a brief history, physical description, information on its life cycle, endangered status, and conservation efforts. The full-color pictures by various photographers range from a charming close-up of a fawn to a muddy shot of a deer at a water hole, to photographs of traffic signs- -one blurry—that serve as filler. None of them provide a visual gauge of the animal's size. The writing is pedestrian and at times imprecise: ``The doe is a good mother. During the day she rests near the place where the fawn is hidden . . . every little while the doe goes to feed her baby'' and ``fawns are more alert than human babies.'' Most readers will be better served by a more general title on endangered species. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

A depiction of efforts to study and protect a subspecies of cougar that inhabits remote areas of the Everglades—a subspecies decimated by loss of range, pollution, and automobiles: fewer than 50 Florida panthers remain in the wild. Colorful photos show the panthers in a captive breeding program and naturalists tracking, capturing, and attaching radio collars to the dun-colored cats. Public awareness and support for conservation measures are stressed—for example, when it was determined that a great many panthers were killed crossing ``Alligator Alley'' (an Everglades roadway), a new road was designed with underpasses to protect wildlife from traffic. Clark's writing is sometimes awkward and choppy, but the firsthand accounts from scientists and attractive photos make this a good choice. List of ``Florida Panther Milestones''; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >