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Terrie Williams: "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species"

Pandas, tigers and African elephants have captured worldwide attention from conservationists. But an even more endangered species struggles on American shores – the Hawaiian monk seal. Fewer than 1,100 survive today. Scientists predict that without intervention the species could become extinct within 50 years. When the chance to house and study an abandoned pup arose, a California marine biologist took the seal in. In a new book, she tells the story of KP2 - how the boisterous young seal became a celebrity, charmed everyone around him and gave scientists clues to saving his species.

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Excerpt from "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species" by Terrie Williams. Copyright 2012 by Terrie Williams. Reprinted here by permission of The Penguin Press. All rights reserved.


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