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Who's Yawning Now?

Who's Yawning Now?


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Everyone yawns, including fish. This book is about yawning animals. All of the animals in this book were photographed yawing. Some have wide open teeth baring, tongue hanging out yawns, while other yawns were captured at the end of their yawns. No matter how wide-open the yawn is, this page turning book will beg you to ask: Who’s Yawning Now? You are invited to read each animals account of where they live, some interesting facts about them, what they eat, and even some struggles that they go through on a daily basis, along with their level of threatened endangerment provided by The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Nicki Geigert is a wildlife, landscape photographer and travel writer. She has photographed on all seven continents and her work has been featured in gallery shows, Fodor’s travel guides, and coffee table books. Her goal has been to capture wildlife in their natural habitats and tell their stories. When Nicki discovered that all animals yawn, just as people do, she began to document those occasions. In doing so, she has put together a very extensive library of animals caught yawning. This book shows you just a few of those animals, their habitat, where the particular animal lives, and something about that animal. Please enjoy the book and try not to yawn. After all, yawning is contagious.

Format(s): Hardcover, or Paperback

Author: Nicki Geigert


Publisher: Readers Magnet

Published date: August 18, 2020

Pages: 40 pages

ISBN: 978-1951775841

Language: English (US)

Genre: Travel, Animals, Wildlife, Animal Habitats, Animal behavior, Endangered animals

Behind the scenes of "Who's Yawning Now?"

How did the book "Who's Yawning Now?" come to be written? It is a children's photo storybook of animals and birds around the world caught yawning. It tells the animal's name, where it lives, what it eats, three interesting facts about each animal, and how endangered it is, as listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which is the best-known worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system. Information is included on why some animals yawn. 

I have been a photographer for many decades, and about 30 years ago, I saw a huge hippo yawning. It was such a gigantic yawn that I had to photograph it. From there, I thought that it would be interesting to take photos of animals around the world yawning. I then decided that a children's A to Z book of animal yawns would be a fun book to write. However, I ran into a problem; I had no animals for the letters Q, U, or X.  Instead, I pulled the most interesting yawning animals together and combined them in the Who's Yawning Now? book. 

Almost 35% of the 103 species of Lemurs of Madagascar are critically endangered, and one step away from extinction, according to the Switzerland IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The worst part is that, to date, their habitat has been 90% destroyed. There has been no mandate from the government to stop the practice of slash and burn agriculture which has been ongoing since since humans first came to Madagascar, and even more in the past 20 years. The government must educate their people about how this practice destroys the habitat of these delightful animals and changes and destroys the entire biodiversity of this unique island, the 4th largest in the world.  Because rice is the Malagasy people's primary food, they don't seem to understand the consequences that the destruction of the forests causes, with flooding, landslides, rivers being clogged with soil, destroying the fishing, and much more.

The most recent problem has been the Chinese who have come to Madagascar with their goal to buy as much land as possible to set up large rice and sugar cane plantations. They come in, and go from one farm to the next and offer impoverished, uneducated people some money. These are Malagasy people who have lived in the same place for generations, and they have no idea what it means to move, or be forced from their homes. When told that they must move because they were paid money for their farm, these Malagasy have no idea that what they did will affect the rest of their lives, and with no place to go, they are in worse condition than before. The Malagasy government is allowing all of this to take place rather than kicking the Chinese out.

All of the existing flora and fauna are at incredible risk. All will be lost if the Chinese are not stopped. I may sound anti-Chinese, but I'm not. I've been traveling to Madagascar for many decades and I can tell you first hand that the pace of destruction has vastly increased since the Chinese came in. The Malagasy government must set proper rules and guidelines for maintaining the forests, and the Malagasy people must be taught to preserve and conserve the gift that they have in defending their lands and forests, and all that live there. They can have so much more through Ecotourism.

The poor Lemurs are caught in the middle of this mess, and need advocates such as you and I and many others who can petition the Malagasy government to stop the slash and burn practices before the entire island is destroyed. Madagascar has such a diverse landscape, with rainforests, beaches, deserts, dry deciduous forests. 85% of the plant life in Madagascar is found nowhere else in the world. For example, there are still many varieties of orchids and other plants to be discovered and named. The animals and insects are also very unique that people have never encounter anywhere else in the world. For example, have you ever heard of a Giraffe beetle? It is a unique looking insect, a type of weevil found only in this part of the world and only discovered in 2008.

Also, the Comet moth is the largest in the world and only lives for a week. It has a non-functioning mouth and inner parts. Another little-known animal is the Tenrec, a shew-ke and hedgehog-like mamal. Especially adorable is the Lowland Streaked Tenrec. It's the size of a large mouse, with a very long nose, and it looks like it has had a horrible hair day with black and bright yellow spikey hair sticking out all over. I could go on and on.

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