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Author: Joyce E. Powzyk.
Photographer: Stephen H. Devoto.
Illustrator: Joyce E. Powzyk.
ISBN-10: 0-7922-7072-X (079227072X)
ISBN-13: 978-0-7922-7072-0 (9780792270720)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 44

Item Identification Code (UID#): 361
Shelving Location: Natural History: Fauna
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In Search of Lemurs

My Days and Nights in a Madagascar Rainforest

National Geographic Society (1998).
Hardcover Book with Dust Jacket

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At one time, ancestors of the primates called lemurs inhabited much of the earth. Today, lemurs are rare animals that are best seen in a special environment – the forests of the world's fourth largest island, Madagascar.

With words and pictures, Joyce A. Powzyk, a wildlife biologist and artist, takes you there.

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Come look for lemurs in Madagascar!

Here are a few of the creatures you'll meet:

Avahi: These acrobatic lemurs are active at night when they can be found leaping from tree to tree, as if on pogo sticks. Listen for their trademark call: a-vah-HEEE!

Rufous Mouse Lemur: One of the world's smallest primates, this creature is tiny enough to fit in the palm of a hand, just like a mouse.

Golden Bamboo Lemur: The male has a mantle of gold fur around its face that shines against its dark brown body. Just discovered by scientists in 1986, finding this shy lemur in the rain forest may be the biggest treat of all!

With a trained scientist's eye and a skilled artist's hand, Joyce A. Powzyk has created lovely, detailed artwork to illustrate her lively first-person narrative. The result is a fine account of wildlife observation in the field.

About the Author (from the Back Flap)

Joyce A. Powzyk is the author of three ALA Notable Books based on her observations in the wild: Wallaby Creek; Tasmania: A Wildlife Journey; and Animal Camouflage: A Closer Look. The author's fieldwork in Madagascar helped earn her a Ph.D. in primate behavior from Duke University. As an artist, Joyce Powzyk has worked for numerous conservation organizations including the National Audubon Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Cousteau Society.

In its review of Wallaby Creek, Sierra magazine noted that Joyce Powzyk's work is "done with an eye toward color, movement, and the relationship between an animal and its environment."

The author's interest in wildlife dates to her childhood and her exploration of nature in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Joyce Powzyk now lives in Middletown, Connecticut, with her daughter, Audra, and her husband, Stephen Devote, a professor of biology at Wesleyan University.


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