Hopefully you have been following ZooBorns, Andrew Bleiman’s sticky sweet tribute to all newly birthed and cute in the world’s zoos and aquariums. I personally prefer my zoology with a not so subtle hint of pubescent adolescence culminating in locker room humor, so I regular Andrew and his brother’s other blog Zooillogix.

Andrew with coauthor Chris Eastland have moved Zooborns from blog to book.  The book’s 150 pages is barely enough to contain the sickening cuteness of dozens of snuggly young animals. The photographs are enough to purchase the book.  But another surprising addition, makes it worth the buy…interesting and useful trivia to use at your next cocktail party.  Just imagine while sipping your gin and tonic stating with confidence “An elephant’s trunk is made up of over 40,000 muscles” or “Along with platypus, echidnas are the only mammal to lay eggs.”  Well now you can!  Seriously, I commend Bleiman and Eastland for providing a book rich in both content and visually stunning photography.  The book is available in both adult and kids versions for less than $10.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

5 comments on “Zooborns
  1. Wow. These books look outstanding. Maybe the best books ever published? How do I nominate them for a Pulitzer?

  2. This could be the greatest post I’ve ever read on Deep Sea News. Thanks Dr. M for this incredibly well conceived and written post.

  3. In all seriousness, thank you Craig and Kevin for sharing our books. Also, I want to point out that whenever possible, we try to highlight the conservation work done by zoos and aquariums in support of the featured species. When that information was not available, we at least try to highlight the conservation needs of that species in the wild.

    I sincerely believe these are the cutest (vertebrate) animal books ever created. Also, 10% of all ZooBorns revenue from the books goes directly to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund.

    Thanks again all


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