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Animal Rascals (cover story) — Check out some animal tricksters as they show off their clever but mischievous antics. An orangutan at Louisville Zoo holds pieces of an irrigation system ransom for jelly beans; a sly penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium eats more than its fair share of fish when the resident scientist isn’t looking; and few of the whales at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago have learned how to unzip their trainer’s wetsuit. It’s clear to see that animals and people have more in common than we may think when examining these rascals’ sneaky behavior. Page 18.
12 Cool Facts About Wild Cats — Bet you didn’t know a cheetah can accelerate faster than a race car; tigers can eat 80 pounds of meat in one meal; there are 35 species of wild cats in the world; and a big cat’s sense of smell is 20 times stronger than a human’s. Big cats are a precious resource, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Help save lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars from extinction through National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (causeanuproar.org). Write a letter to lions saying why we should protect big cats, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert will deliver it to African leaders to let them know how important lions are to kids everywhere. Go online at ds.nationalgeographic.com/letters-big-cats. Page 6.
Wacky American Road Trips — National Geographic Kids highlights some roadside attractions you might visit on your next road trip across the country. Stop over in Paris, Texas, to see the Eiffel Tower topped with a bright red cowboy hat. Drop into Dunseith, N.D., to find out what structure created from 2,000 tire rims has everyone talking. And cruise over to Alliance, Neb., to find the next best thing to the real Stonehenge. Page 14. Also, check out some pet-friendly holiday destinations and tips on traveling with animals. Page 16.
The Truth Behind the New Movie “Rango”— National Geographic Kids goes behind the scenes to find out how good the characters are at pretending to be like real animals. In the film, Rango the chameleon is rightfully afraid of a gila monster that challenges him to a showdown, and Roadkill the armadillo resembles the real animal as he dodges cars on a busy highway. Discover some interesting facts about the film on Page 22.
Dolphin Rescue — Join a crew of concerned volunteers as they rush to Drummer’s Cove off Wellfleet, Mass., to rescue several dolphins that became grounded when the tide rushed out. Time is ticking as the crew gathers wood to build makeshift walkways that will be used to cross over the mucky marsh. 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 1.1 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.