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2012 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge: Montana — Promoting hands-on exploration among America’s youth, National Geographic Kids magazine is looking for tomorrow’s great explorers in the 2012 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge. National Geographic Kids magazine will select 15 young explorers to experience the field trip of a lifetime — a 10-day expedition to Montana — with National Geographic and local experts as their guides. This is the first time the Hands-On Explorer expedition will take place in the United States.
Enter now at kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/contests/explorer-trip-2012. Page 18.
Tsunami Heroes — In the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this year, many survivors be- came separated from their pets. This prompted animal lovers to go out of their way to help pets and wild animals in need. And some pets were even able to help their owners, too. Check out four stories of survival and hope following the disaster: A pup was rescued from a roof floating more than a mile offshore, a dog made its way to an evacuation shelter to find its owner, a baby porpoise was rescued after being washed into a flooded rice field, and a dog led its elderly owner away from a surge of raging water in the nick of time. Page 20.
20 Cute Animals [Cover Story] — Need we say more? Flip through six pages of the most adorable wild animals on the planet. Cheetah cubs hide in the tall African grass from hungry lions and hyenas; young raccoons spend their first few months of life living in a tree hole nest; baby sea turtles scurry from the beach to the ocean dodging various predators; and giant pandas chomp on bamboo for up to 14 hours a day. Check out lambs, calves, hedge- hogs, owls, wallabies and more, starting on Page 22.
Mystery of the Buried Treasure — A man took a stroll through an English farm with his metal detector. Astonish- ingly, he stumbled on an ancient stash of treasure buried by ancient warriors 1,300 years ago. Archaeologists subse- quently uncovered 3,500 pieces of gold and silver, including helmets, sword handles and shield decorations, belong- ing to the Anglo-Saxons. Read about this incredible find on Page 28, and visit the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., to see the “Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages” exhibit. www.ngmuseum.org.
The Truth Behind the New Movie “Happy Feet Two” — National Geographic Kids looks at the animated characters in “Happy Feet Two” to see how they compare with real Antarctic animals. Emperor penguin Mumble is a superfast swimmer, just like actual emperor penguins that can reach speeds of up to 12 miles an hour; Bryan the elephant seal dukes it out with a competitor in the same way real elephant seals bash against one an- other like sumo wrestlers; and like real krill, Will the krill lives with thousands of other family members, but only an animated krill can survive for long on its own. Watch a cool penguin video at www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos. Page 30.
ALSO: Read about the 2011 National Geographic Kids Hands-On Explorer Expedition to the Cayman Islands on Page 16, and check out some cool facts about castles on Page 12.
National Geographic Kids, a multitopic, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by mak- ing 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 circula- tion of 1.1 million and is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $4.99 a copy. Its website is at kids.nationalgeographic.com.