ORANGUTAN; WILD GOAT by Caroline Arnold


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These photo essays, set in the Los Angeles Zoo, are appealing, but their texts are frequently in need of clarification. Arnold says, without further explanation, that chimpanzees ""are considered to be the most closely related to humans because they share more of the same body chemicals""; her comment that observations of apes lead to the conclusion that ""we are very different from our apelike ancestors"" lacks logic (contemporary apes are not human ancestors). Information offered for distinguishing among subspecies of ibex is so meager that readers will be little the wiser, and it's not always clear whether species or subspecies are meant. While the color photos here are attractive, these are not essential purchases.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 688-08826-0
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Morrow