On the Move (cover story) — Jaguars are the largest cats in North and South America. Their range stretches from Mexico south through Argentina. But in the past 100 years, logging, cattle ranching and the growth of cities have disturbed more than half of the cat’s prime habitat, shattering it into scattered pockets of jaguars surrounded by human development. Conservationists used to focus their attention only on protecting these isolated habitats. However, scientists have realized that protecting the pathways jaguars use to travel between these habitats is just as important as protecting the habitats themselves. National Geographic Kids talks with Alan Rabinowitz, president of the Panthera Foundation and founder of the international project Path of the Jaguar. Page 20.
Help for Haiti — National Geographic Kids is teaming with global health organization PSI to provide safe drinking water for families in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that has left millions without shelter, food and safe drinking water. Without safe water, survival becomes a serious matter because of the diseases that drinking unclean water can cause. Just 50 cents will provide safe drinking water for a family of four for a month. Donate online at psi.org/BeAStar, or send check or cash to PSI: Be a Star, Save a Life, 1120 19th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036. Page 9.
Weird but True — Check out outrageous facts from National Geographic Kids: Bees can be green, blue or red. The Earth spins so fast that someone standing at the Equator would be traveling at about 1,000 miles an hour. The average American eats about 5,000 bananas in a lifetime. A ball of twine in Kansas weighs more than 19,000 pounds and could stretch halfway across the United States. The area code for where the Space Shuttle blasts off in Florida is 321. Humans can make 10,000 different facial expressions. Giraffes have very high blood pressure to pump blood up their long necks. A rattlesnake’s rattle is made of the same material as your fingernails. The offspring of a whale and a dolphin is a wholphin. Page 4.
Green Scene — Put your green thumb to work to spice up meals and help cut back on pollution. Using recyclable cans, scrap construction paper or wrapping paper, potting soil and herb seeds, National Geographic Kids provides step-by-step instructions for planting an indoor herb garden. Grow basil for pizza, cilantro for salsa, dill for dips, mint for iced tea, and more. Page 11.
Nasca Lines: Mystery in the Desert — Flying over the desert near Nasca, Peru, you spy huge drawings in the sand below — ginormous animal images, some the size of a 747 jumbo jet. National Geographic Kids searches for who made these 2,000-year-old geoglyphs — figures drawn into the ground and fully visible only from the sky — and the meaning behind them, a mystery that has stumped researchers since the Nasca Lines were first discovered about 80 years ago. Page 24.
National Geographic Kids, a multitopic, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by making it fun to learn about the world. Its numerous industry awards include Periodical of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from the Association of Educational Publishers. Published 10 times a year, National Geographic Kids has a circulation of 1.2 million and is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $4.99 a copy. Its Web site is at kids.nationalgeographic.com.