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The Fox Next Door (cover story) — Red foxes could be moving into your neighborhood. National Geographic Kids tells how these animals have learned to thrive near people as cities and suburbs encroach on the countryside, swallowing up the foxes’ habitat. If there are no longer forests and fields to live in, foxes will resort to shacking up in buildings or under a porch in order to find shelter and raise their pups. Although they’ve learned to live among people, the foxes do what they can to keep hidden from them. They hunt at night in backyards, gardens and city parks — and they are not picky about what they eat. While rabbits and rodents are their favorite fare, they’ll eat birds, frogs, snakes and even berries. Page 16.
Video Game Central — Still using only buttons and joysticks to play video games? That’s so last century! National Geographic Kids looks at two new devices that use your natural body movements to control the on-screen action and also gives the low-down on the latest, hottest, games. Page 8.
Monkey Rescue — Learn how a malnourished baby spider monkey, found in a New York City basement so weak that he could not stand, beat the odds and surprised all with his swift recovery. Read how Kari Bagnall, founder of Jungle Friends animal sanctuary in Gainesville, Fla., was able to rehabilitate the monkey and return him to a jungle environment. Page 22.
Whale Saves Seal — Get a front-row seat with killer whale expert Robert Pitman as he witnesses a courageous humpback whale in Antarctica fend off several killer whales from attacking a defenseless seal. Pitman provides a detailed account of the ordeal, from the predatory instincts of the killer whales to the humpback’s amazing protective maternal response. Page 24.
Money Around the World — Enjoy cool facts about various currencies — both past and present — from around the world. Less than 45 years ago, you could purchase goods in the United States with a $10,000 bill; the word “money” originated from the name of a Roman goddess, Juno Maneta; a square 15-cent coin is still in circulation in the Bahamas; butter was once accepted as currency in Norway. Page 26.
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 1.1 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