Wildlife

Books on Mammals

  • The Secret Life of Cows - Hardback - 9780571336777 - Rosamund Young
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    Rosamund Young
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    Republished with a foreword from none other than Alan Bennett, Rosamund Young's The Secret Life of Cows is an affectionate and heart-warming chronicle of the natural behaviour of our bovine friends.

    Rosamund explains how cows are as varied as people and they can be intelligent, slow, vain, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of their day is spent eating, cows always find time for extra-curricular activities including babysitting, playing hide and seek or even fighting a tree.

    This is a charming and gorgeously illustrated book that will help you view the domestic cow in a new light.
  • TILA
    Peter Wohlleben
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    From a grateful humpback whale to squirrels that adopt their grandchildren, this beautiful book looks at how various creatures from the animal kingdom think and feel.

    Many humans assume we're the only living things able to experience intense feelings and to make decisions with a conscience but this book, backed by the latest research, shows that animals experience a rich variety of emotions, too.

    Covering the big philosophical, ethical and scientific questions, this book explains all about how bees plan for the future, the pigs who are able to learn their own names and - finally - the reasons why wasps exist.
  • AHOH
    Massimo Vacchetta
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    When veterinarian Massimo was at a low spot in his life he found himself looking after a little hedgehog. Little was he to know just how much of a difference Ninna would make.

    Ninna was only a few days old when he met her but Massimo soon became enamoured with her curious, playful and affectionate ways. However, when Ninna wakes from her first hibernation, she's desperate to move on and embrace the freedom that nature can offer...

    Letting Ninna go signals a new beginning for Massimo and he sets up a sanctuary for injured, orphaned and fragile hedgehogs. This book will appeal to animal lovers and fans of A Streetcat Named Bob and Finding Gobi.
  • FOXS
    Lucy Jones
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    Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain provides a rich and fascinating examination of Britain's most loved - and most vilified - wild animal.

    Engaging from start to finish, Lucy Jones' book is based on historical research and includes interviews with scientists, huntsmen, farmers, activists and celebrities including Chris Packham, Ricky Gervais and Roger Scruton.

    No other British animal attracts as much controversy and debate as the fox and this book show just how misunderstood the animal is. Lucy travels the length of the country to look into why the creature is so ambiguously perceived in modern society. An up-and-coming nature writer, this book adds depth to the contentious debate surrounding the animal and our wider relationship with the natural world.
  • THNT
    Alastair Fothergill
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    Accompanying the breathtaking BBC series, The Hunt is a book that dramatically captures the dramatic encounters between predator and prey in breathtaking detail.

    Packed with over 240 breathtaking photographs from the series, the extraordinary strategies you can see are those of cheetahs, killer whales and African wild dogs. It discusses how each predator's action is fine-tuned to their natural environment.

    The final chapter of the book goes behind the scenes to recount the adventures of the production teams as they themselves stalk their quarry - and are sometimes stalked - revealing how the key sequences were filmed.
  • YVTS
    Julian Norton
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    Described as 'warm, evocative and funny' by the Daily Telegraph, Julian Norton's A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons is an inspirational memoir that finds the vet recounting some of his favourite - and most heartbreaking - experiences.

    In his 20-year career, Julian has treated animals ranging from cats and dogs to snakes, horses, cows and alpacas and here he talks through some of his biggest challenges and most surprising patients. It's all told with compassion, charm and candour.

    You will recognise Julian from Channel 5's The Yorkshire Vet and this book showcases his professionalism and compassion. Whether treating a pet at his practice or performing an emergency procedure in the middle of the night, this hardback is full of drama, sadness and happiness.
  • DGLF
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    Hannah Dale celebrates Britain's best-loved companions with evocative text and beautiful illustrations in this pocket-sized book.

    A charming and light-hearted read, it showcases 50 different breeds ranging from a fun and fearless Boxer to a loyal Labrador and a mischievous French Bulldog.

    Similar in style to Matt Sewell, the descriptions perfectly capture the traits and characteristics of each breed. This is the perfect gift for any dog lover.
  • BEGSI
    Jon L. Dunn
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    Britain's Sea Mammals is the essential field guide to all the sea mammals--whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals--found in coastal Britain. The book features more than 100 stunning photographs and close to 40 detailed and beautiful illustrations of 34 species of sea mammals, paying special attention to the 14 species most readily seen and most likely to be encountered. Factoring in behavior and locations, introductory chapters look at sea mammal biology and ecology, and how, when, and where these creatures can be spotted. Species accounts highlight key identification characteristics and include information on status, habitat requirements, and distribution. Handy and informative, Britain's Sea Mammals is the ideal guide to sea mammal watching in the United Kingdom. * The only guide that focuses on the 34 species of sea mammal recorded in Britain, particularly the 14 most readily seen species * More than 100 photos and almost 40 illustrations highlight species, their behavior, and locations * Introductory chapters explore how, when, and where to look for sea mammals * Species accounts highlight key identification features, including information on status, habitat requirements, and distribution
  • AHNNX
    Charlotte Fraser
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    A dog is a creature of love. Their never-ending loyalty and boundless enthusiasm is the light in any dog lover's life. This handsome photographic collection of the most eye-catching and enchanting dogs is packed with witty quotes and heart-warming poems, that is guaranteed to captivate and charm anybody who has ever known the companionship of a dog.
  • ARJFA
    Lori Polydoros
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    Using its amazing sense of smell, a grizzly bear can sniff out food from miles away. With jaws and teeth that can bite through an iron skillet, grizzly bears are fearsome hunters. Readers will learn about what makes grizzly bears such deadly predators, from their hunting styles to what they like to eat. Fun Facts and an Amazing but True section will thrill readers and give them a closer look at the lives of these massive creatures.
  • AHNOC
    Charlotte Fraser
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    Every cat knows how to charm. Their alluring countenance and flawless prowess will put a smile on any feline lover's face. This stunning photographic collection of the cutest and most exquisite cats, complemented with a sprinkling of feline-inspired quotes and poems, is guaranteed to captivate and enchant anybody who has ever known the comforts of living with a cat.
  • AJQFJ
    Rhonda Klevansky
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    This book examines the fearsome feline world of lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards, in more than 190 pictures. It is an exciting, authoritative insight into every aspect of lion, leopard, tiger, puma, jaguar and cheetah life. The power and majesty of big cats is captured in more than 190 stunning wildlife photographs and illustrations. Detailed cross-sections and diagrams reveal the complex inner workings of a cat's body. Focus features zoom in on specific aspects of these magnificent mammals - from cheetahs on the run, to the interaction of a pride of lions with its cubs. Teeth and claws, hunting and feeding, birth and life cycles, habitats and conservation, legends and myths and much, much more - this book has everything that an 8- to 12-year-old will want to know. Few creatures are held in such awe as the big cats. They are admired for their strength, grace and agility. They are feared as predators, with razor-sharp teeth and claws. This fascinating and comprehensive guide offers a detailed view of the life and survival of the big cats. You can find out about their super senses, how they stalk and kill their prey, and what a twitching tail or a mighty roar really mean. With its spectacular wildlife photographs and insights into how big cats behave, this book is like going on a global safari with an expert naturalist.
  • AZPRA
    Daniel Heath Justice
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    Viewed as fierce, menacing or mysterious, badgers have been both admired and reviled throughout human history. Their global reputation for ferocious self-defence has led to brutalization by hunters and sport-seekers; their association with the mythic underworld has made them symbols of earth-based wisdom and steadfast tradition; their burrowing and predation habits have resulted in widespread persecution as pests or public nuisances. Whether as living animals, abstract symbols or commercial resources, badgers have fascinated humans for thousands of years - though often to the animals' detriment. From the iconic European badger to the African honey badger, the hog badger of Southeast Asia and the North American badger, this book is the first truly global cultural history of the animal in over 30 years. Profusely illustrated with images spanning centuries, cultures, continents and species, Badger considers badgers' lives and lore, from their evolution and widespread distribution to their current and often imperilled status throughout the world.It travels from natural history and life in the wild to the myths, legends and spiritual beliefs badgers continue to inspire, as well as their representation and exploitation in industry, religion and the arts. Appealing to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of these much misunderstood and often maligned creatures, Badger traces the complex and often contradictory ways in which this fascinating animal endures.
  • AZRNS
    Georgie Carroll
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    Despite its minuscule size, the mouse has a large presence in earth's animal kingdom and the human imagination. Maligned for millennia, it has been considered one of the human race's greatest adversaries, responsible for problems ranging from disease and plague to holes nibbled in clothing. Yet the mouse is held in divine regard in Hindu and Buddhist traditions and is found across art, myth, literature and folklore. An accomplished survivor, the house mouse has colonized six of the world's continents and, despite its name, thrives on Subantarctic islands void of human habitation; it has even travelled into space. These remarkable characteristics have made the mouse a heroic figure in culture and fiction: it is the iconic and illustrious symbol of Disney, it is earth's intellectually superior race in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the mouse plays one of the most integral roles within modern scientific endeavour as the quintessential laboratory animal. One of the animal kingdom's smallest mammalian prey, the mouse is a figure through which we can envisage our own vulnerability.Leading a perilous life in an uncompromising predatory world, mice represent courage, perseverance and adaptability and are proof that appearances can be deceiving. An animal worshipped, slaughtered, loved and loathed, the mouse is a beguiling part of our culture and environment. Mouse explores in rich detail the stories and history of this enchanting creature, with which we not only share our domestic and urban space, but 99 per cent of our genetic makeup.
  • AZWZJ
    Joy Hinson
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    Adaptable, resilient, yet often overlooked, the goat - sometimes called the 'poor man's cow' - is found in nearly every part of the world where humans live. But our relationship with this strange yet familiar animal is oddly ambivalent. In Goat, Joy Hinson explores the reasons behind this unease, from our interaction with the endangered wild goat species of remote mountainous regions to the more familiar farmyard goat. This book traces the history of the animal, moving from their evolution through their domestication and global spread to the role of goats in the modern world. It considers in particular the harm done by the indiscriminate importing of tamed goats, which formed huge feral populations on the Galapagos Islands and Australia, for example. It considers the place of goat products in both the culinary and medical traditions of the world, from the time of Pliny the Elder who recommended pouring goat urine into the ear as a cure for neck pain, to the use of a bezoar stone as an antidote to poison. Goat also explores the connections between goats and wrongdoing and questions whether the goat really deserves its reputation for promiscuity and lasciviousness.Across the globe goats are part of our culture, art and tradition: from goat festivals in the U. S. to the Christmas Goat in Sweden. An exciting new addition to Reaktion's Animal series, Goat presents readers with this frequently neglected animal's fascinating history, life and role in today's world.
  • BBBOD
    Helen Cowie
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    Known for their haughty demeanour, woolly charm and propensity to spit when threatened, llamas have had a rich and varied history. Since their domestication high in the Andes, they have been sacrificed, farmed, smuggled and petted. They have functioned at different times as luxury commodities, literary muses and national symbols and have served as beasts of burden, circus performers and even golf caddies. This book charts the history of llamas and their close relatives, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas. Venerated by the Incas, llamas are still cherished in their native Peru and Bolivia, and remain central to Andean culture. After several unsuccessful acclimatization attempts in the nineteenth century, llamas and alpacas have also become popular pets in Britain, North America and Australia, where they are used for trekking, meat and wool production and as therapy animals. Llama recounts the llama's colourful history and explores the animals' presence in art, literature and film. Packed with llama drama and alpaca facts, Llama shows that there's much more to llamas than spitting.
  • BBBOH
    Dorothy Yamamoto
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    Tough, resourceful and omnivorous, wild boar are the ancestors of domestic pigs. From earliest times, wild boar have presented humans with both opportunity and threat: they are a valuable food source, but also a formidable foe carrying tusks that can inflict terrible injuries. Today, boar are impinging on people's lives in new ways, scouting into cities such as Berlin and Tokyo, or establishing populations in areas such as the Forest of Dean in England. Wild Boar traces the history of the interaction between humans and wild boar, from the iconic beasts of myth and legend, such as the Calydonian Boar, to the adoption of the boar as a heraldic device - most notably by the doomed English king Richard iii - and the meticulous rules of engagement that grew up around the practice of hunting. The boar's impact upon human bodies is a running theme in legends, stories and reports, and now that hunters are no longer armed with boar spears but with high-velocity rifles, the boars themselves have ballooned in the popular imagination, in the shape of monstrous hybrids such as 'Hogzilla', in keeping with their role as deadly adversary. Dorothy Yamamoto argues that their former association with masculine valour and heroic combat inflects modern-day attitudes towards wild boar, leading to distorted perceptions of their size, behaviour and the potential threat that they pose. As proposals for including them in schemes for rewilding contend with demands to eradicate them altogether from certain areas, wild boar are a unique focus for much of the current debate about the terms on which we share our planet with other animals.
  • BBEHD
    Richard D. Estes
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    This volume is the first scholarly book on the antelope that dominate the savanna ecosystems of eastern and southern Africa. It presents a synthesis of research conducted over a span of fifty years, mainly on the wildebeests in the Ngorongoro and Serengeti ecosystems, where eighty percent of the world's total wildebeest population lives. Wildebeest and other grazing mammals drive the ecology and evolution of the savanna ecosystem. Estes describes this process as well as detailing the wildebeest's life history, focusing on its social organization and unique reproductive system, which are adapted to the animal's epic annual migrations. He also examines conservation issues that affect wildebeest, including range-wide population declines.
  • AAGJY
    Anthony Bourke
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    In 2008, a YouTube clip became an internet phenomenon. It showed the emotional reunion of two young men and their pet lion, Christian, after they had left him in Africa to be introduced into his rightful home in the wild. Anthony 'Ace' Bourke and John Rendall visited London from Australia in 1969 and bought a boisterous lion cub in Harrods. But Christian soon grew from cuddly cub to King of the Kings Road in London, and the only way to avoid him being incarcerated in a zoo was to place him under the expert care of George Adamson in Kenya. Ace and John did not return to see their lion for a year. "A Lion Called Christian" tells their touching story, accompanied by stunning photographs. It's a unique and extraordinary tale of its time that resonates again today with a worldwide audience, thanks to the internet age, and is destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature.
  • BBGCZ
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    Home to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania offers some of the finest big game watching in the world, from elephants and rhinos to chimpanzees and lions. This field guide covers all the larger mammals of Tanzania, including marine mammals and some newly discovered species. Detailed accounts are provided for more than 135 species, along with color photos, color illustrations of marine mammals, and distribution maps. Accounts for land species give information on identification, subspecies, similar species, ecology, behavior, distribution, conservation status, and where best to see each species. The guide also features plates with side-by-side photographic comparisons of species that are easily confused, as well as first-time-ever species checklists for every national park. * The definitive, most up-to-date field guide to the larger mammals of Tanzania, including marine mammals* Features detailed species accounts and numerous color photos throughout* Provides tips on where to see each species* Includes species checklists for every national park
  • BBRCP
    Paul Yoxon
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    Having worked for over 20 years on otter conservation of all 13 species, the authors wished to share their experiences of these beautiful animals. People may be familiar with the Asian small-clawed otters, often found in zoos, or the sea otter, well-known for lying on its back cracking open shells, but may not be aware that there are more fascinating species. It is hoped the book will increase public support for the work of the IOSF (International Otter Survival Fund) and awareness of the terrible plight of otters which in many countries are on the verge of extinction. Each species is listed in the IUCN Red Data List and yet little attention is given to their predicament. The illegal wildlife trade in otters is huge - not just for furs and body parts but as pets. In some parts of the world otters are disappearing rapidly and unless urgent action is taken they will be gone forever. The Hairy-Nosed Otter was thought to be extinct in 1998 but funds provided by the IOSF led to a survey in southern Thailand where a small population was found. Since then populations have been found in Vietnam, Cambodia and Sumatra, but these are small and very fragile.This type of conservation work is vital because so often the plight of otters is overlooked for other high profile species such as tigers and elephants. Otters stand at the top of the food chain on both land and water so they are an ideal indicator of a healthy environment. With greater awareness and support the IOSF will be able to do more on the world stage to conserve otters - PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO THE IOSF. Otters of the World is an introduction to the magical world of otters and is complemented with many wonderful photos, with distribution maps for each species.
  • BDCZR
    Alan Rauch
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    From Flipper to SeaWorld, dolphins have long captured our hearts. We love these friendly, intelligent mammals, and they seem to return our feelings--they enjoy interacting with swimmers and have been known to encircle people under attack by sharks. Despite our familiarity with dolphins, though, we remain ill-informed about how they evolved, how they function and how they have interacted with humans for millennia. Dolphin dives into the dolphin's zoology, as well as its social and cultural history, to offer a comprehensive view of these delightful creatures. Drawing on his years of experience working with and studying dolphins, Alan Rauch explores their propensity to live in pods and their ability to communicate through a variety of clicks, whistles and other vocalizations. He examines their long relationship with humans, describing how they became the emblem of safe travel and charity, that the ancient Greeks featured them on coins and that Hindu mythology associated them with Ganga, a river deity. As the rise in popularity of dolphinaria during the 1960s allowed the public access to dolphins, they became central characters in films like The Day of the Dolphin and Johnny Mnemonic and outsmarted humans in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Packed with images and thoughtful insights, Dolphin is a revealing look at one of our favorite sea creatures.
  • BDMCC
    Marianne Taylor
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    p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #fbf6da} To the people of rural Britain, hares are deeply beloved, perhaps above all other animals. They thrive in abundance in imagery but can be maddeningly elusive in reality. In our stories - ancient and modern - they are magical, uncanny and illogical beings which commune with the moon, vanish at will, and lose their minds when spring arrives. Yet despite the breadth and depth of its legends, the brown hare of the lowlands is a relative newcomer to our islands, and our 'real' ancient hare is the mountain hare of the most unforgiving high mountainsides. Hares of myth have godly powers, but real, earthbound hares walk a dangerous line - they are small animals with many predators but have no burrow or tunnel to shelter them from danger. They survive by a combination of two skills honed to unimaginable extremes - hiding in plain sight, and running faster than anything and anyone. The need to excel as hiders and runners ultimately directs every aspect of hare biology and behaviour, as well as inspiring our own wild ideas about hare-kind. This book explores hares as they are and as we imagine them, and the long and often bloody history of our association with these enigmatic animals. Elegant studies of molecular biology and biomechanical physics help us understand how hares are put together, while centuries of game estate records reveal how humans have commodified and exploited them. But it is ultimately the moments spent in the company of wild hares that allow us to bring together myth and reality to celebrate the magic of the living animal.
  • BDXIV
    David Wembridge
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    Over twenty species of mammals make use of the green spaces and the brick and timber habitats of our towns and cities-from bats and wood mice, to muntjac and badgers-and, when we take the time to look, it can be surprising who we find our wild neighbours to be. David Wembridge of the People's Trust for Endangered Species has compiled this introduction to the mammals we can see without even venturing out of the garden.Twenty-two species are described in detail, with information on:* Urban and wider ecology* Key features and field signs* Distributions in Great Britain and Ireland* Plus chapters on urban habitats, possible conflicts and urban surveys.* Foreword by Chris Packham (of BBC's Springwatch, etc.).