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Small Wild Cats: The Animal Answer Guide (Animal Answer Guides: Q&A for the Curious Naturalist)by James G. Sanderson
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Did you know that most wild cat species are small and that lions, tigers, and other large cats are the exception? That adult bobcats, clouded leopards, and other small wild cats are completely asocial? And that they fight only as a last resort? This entertaining and informative book reveals these and hundreds of other facts about the behavior, biology, and conservation of the more than thirty small wild cat species.
From bobcats to servals, small cats are spread across the globe. They range in size from the rusty-spotted cat and African black-footed cat, each of which weighs around 5 pounds when fully grown, to the Eurasian lynx, which can reach an adult weight of 60 pounds. These felids are elusive, some are nocturnal, others are arboreal, and all are rare and secretive, making them especially difficult to study. James G. Sanderson, the world's leading field expert on small wild cats, and naturalist and wildlife artist Patrick Watson provide informative and entertaining answers to common and unexpected questions about these animals. The authors explain why some small cats live on the ground while others inhabit trees, discuss the form and function of their coat types and colors, offer scientifically sound information on human--small wild cat interactions, and even review the role that small wild cats have played in literature, religion, and mythology.
The world of cats is as fascinating as it is diverse. Small Wild Cats: The Animal Answer Guide shows just how important and interesting the littlest of the nondomesticated feline family are.
Book News Annotation:
Many small wild cats are rare; all are secretive and therefore difficult to study in the wild. This work for general readers in late middle school and up gives details on 30 species of small wild cats around the world, in question and answer format. An introductory chapter explains how small cats evolved and where they live, while later chapters describe the markings, behavior, and reproduction and development of small cats. There is also material on small cats and their sometimes problematic relationships with humans, and small cats in stories and literature. The book is illustrated with b&w and color photos of small cats in the wild and in captivity. An appendix lists common and scientific names of species and their locations. Sanderson is founder of the Small Cat Conservation Alliance. Watson is a freelance wildlife artist and naturalist. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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