Name of Collection: ANIMALS / ZOOLOGY


Address: 121-10 ROCKAWAY BLVD.

Phone: 718-843-2260

Fax: 718-835-6317

Librarian: Douglas Von Hoppe

Library Catalog

Librarian's e-mail:

Introduction: This is a collection of print & multimedia materials on WILDLIFE & pets. This collection supports the NYS Science Standards by allowing learners to develop their understanding of the Living Environment. For your convenience, this pathfinder is focused on the crisis of "Endangered Species" in the global biosphere.

Questions for Inquiry: Of all the wild creatures you know about, which ones are endangered? Why are they endangered? In a country or habitat, why are some creatures endangered, and others are not? How do wild creatures become endangered? Can you discover a plant or animal that is dependent on an endangered species? What can be done to save endangered species?

Keywords: Animal Behavior, Birds, Biodiversity, Coral reef, Endangered Species, Habitats, Mammals, Marine Biology, Reptiles, Wildlife Conservation, Zoology.

Subject Headings: Animals, Endangered Species, Mammals, Nature Conservation, Rare Animals, Wildlife Conservation

Dewey Decimal Classification(s): • 570--599: 570 Life Sciences – Biology, 590-599 Animals (all types)

Orientation - where to start your search: • The Virgil I. Grissom School Library uses the Dewey Decimal System, just like the Queens Public Library. For your convenience, most of the books on endangered creatures are located in the “Wildlife” collection, which is just past the tables. Look for the animal posters. The dictionaries are to the left of this section. The encyclopedias and wildlife book sets are in the Reference section.

Introduction to the Subject: see:

Reference • Dictionaries: English and “animal” subject dictionaries. • Databases: use the Librarian’s portaportal page to access the EBSCO / Searchasaurus / “Animals” searchbar. * Electronic encyclopedias: use Mr. Von Hoppe’s portaportal page to access “Grolieronline,” and “Worldbookonline” resources, which allow you to search, print, and email your findings.

• World Book: Animals of the World (book set)

• World Book Encyclopedia

Books: Non-Fiction, Circulating • Alligator, by Spilbury, R. (2004) • Gorilla, by Redmond, I., Anderson, P. & Brighting, G. (1995) • Nature’s Children: CORALS, by Haston, B. (2004) • The Atlas of Endangered Species, by Burton, J. A., & Colema, B. (1991)

Note: this collection has over 3,000 titles on animals. Search our online catalog to find many more titles!

Books: Reference: • The Aquatic World, [12 volumes,] (2004) • Wildlife Encyclopedia, [18 volumes,] (2000) • Wildlife Fact File, [1 binder] • World Book Animals of the World, [32 slim volumes,] (2002)

Magazine Articles:

- “A Whooping Success,” by Roman, J. Wildlife Conservation. (June, 2007) -“Survival of the Rarest,” by Thomas, W. W..Natural History. (June, 2007) -“The Future of Pinnipeds,” Zoobooks / Seals and Sea Lions issue. Note: many Zoobooks issues have basic information on threats to species.


These educational videos are located in the Librarian’s office. Your teacher can use them in his or her lessons. Have you seen the “Eyewitness” videos? Here are a few of the many titles: -“Pond & River,” (DK Eyewitness / BBC, 1996) [VHS] url: -“Elephant,” (DK Eyewitness / BBC, 1994) [VHS] url: -“Dolphins,” (Macgillivray Freeman Films, 1999) [DVD] url:

Streaming Video:

*Use PowerMediaPlus video & image online collection to locate multimedia on all types of animals, including endangered species. Ask your librarian for the student passcode.

Web Pages: *The Endangered Species Home Page (US Fish &Wildlife Service) U. S. Government site provides current endangered species news, species information, frequently asked questions, and information on the USFWS Endangered Species Program. * You can locate information on endangered species. There are links, books and articles on the topic. You can contact endangered species organizations, and/or, learn about successful conservation efforts.

Organizations - devoted to protecting wildlife, and educating the public about conservation: *The Nature Conservancy 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606 Phone: 1-800-628-6860 *National Audubon Society Learn about the Endangered Species Act, or find out about birds at the Audubon Society’s home page. To receive more information, contact, Valerie Cook, Policy Advisor, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC, 20006. Phone: (202) 861-2242, Fax: (202) 861-4290, Email:

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

Standard MST4: Science Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science. Key Idea MST4.LE6: Plants and animals depend on each other and their physical environment

Key Idea MST4.LE7: Human decisions and activities have had a profound impact on the physical and living environment.

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.