Follow Those Zebra's: Solving a Migration Mystery – Book Review

By: Sandra Markle
Published on: April 7, 2020
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
No. of Pages: 40

I don’t read nonfiction near as often as I should. But in an effort to change that and learn a little bit more about the world around me, I decided to read Follow Those Zebras. Plus, there is a mystery to it which makes it feel a little like the mystery/thriller genre I enjoy reading.

The premise for the book is that 2,000 zebras disappear each year from the southern parts of Africa – Namibia and Botswana – and nobody knows where they go. Thanks to GPS they are able to track certain members of this herd to figure out this mystery.

Follow Those Zebras opens with telling us about the mystery, but before it takes us to how it solves it the reader gets introduced to a lot of terrific information about zebras, African terrain, and wet and dry seasons. I can see this book definitely being used for a book report of some kind because there is information of all sorts along with pictures that bring zebras and the other animals mentioned (e.g. African buffaloes).

This book is perfect for libraries, but also for kids who are interested in wildlife, Chobe River, savannas, how modern technology solves mysteries or just zebras in general. I

Rating: 4 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Lerner Publishing Group for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.


Every year in Namibia, about two thousand zebras suddenly disappear from their grazing area along the Chobe River. Months later, the herd returns. Where do they go? And why? Thanks to satellite-tracking collars, scientists were able to solve the mystery, but several questions remain. Award-winning science author Sandra Markle reveals the process scientists used to study the zebras, and she also delves into the science of migration, exploring how animals know where to go, how to get there, and when to leave. 

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