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Carnivores of the World (Princeton Field Guides)by Luke Hunter
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From the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammadand#8217;s favorite cat, Muezza, and our contemporary obsession with online cat videos, felines have long held a place of honor in their human counterpartsand#8217; homes and cultures. But the domestic cat is just one of many feline species, and in The Wild Cat Book cat experts Fiona and Mel Sunquist introduce us to the full panoply of the purring, roaring feline tribe.
Illustrated throughout with Terry Whittakerand#8217;s spectacular color photographs as well as unique photos from biologists in the fieldand#151;some the highest quality images ever captured of exceptionally rare speciesand#151;The Wild Cat Book not only tantalizes with the beauty of cats, but also serves as a valuable and accessible reference on cat behavior and conservation. Comprehensive entries for each of the thirty-seven cat species include color distribution maps and up-to-date information related to the speciesand#8217; IUCN conservation and management statuses, while informative sidebars reveal why male lions have manes (and why dark manes are sexiest), how cats see with their whiskers, the truth behind our obsession with white lions and tigers, and why cats canand#8217;t be vegetarians. The Wild Cat Book also highlights the grave threats faced by the worldand#8217;s wild catsand#151;from habitat destruction to human persecution.
From the extraordinary acrobatics of the arboreal margayand#151;able to cling to a tree branch by a single paw thanks to its unusually flexible anklesand#151;to modern declines in African lion populations, The Wild Cat Book is an instructive and revealing ode to felines of every size and color. Combining science, behavioral observations, and stunning photography, this book will captivate cat fanciers the world over.
"You'll learn of carnivores you've never heard of (servals, caracals and genets) as well as those that are more familiar (lions, tigers and bears)." --Scott Shalaway, Pittsburgh- Post Gazette
In 2002, we had the pleasure of publishing Fiona and Mel Sunquistandrsquo;s Wild Cats of the World, an encyclopedic account of the worldandrsquo;s cat species, and have sold nearly 8,000 copies of the book to date. Wild for Cats aims to further enthrall a wider herd of readers with a general, highly illustrated reference on cats. (Wild Cats of the World was written to be of utility to cat specialists and scientists and only secondarily to non-specialists and cat fanciers, much like Wolves reaches dual audiences.) Wild for Cats allows us the chance to collaborate again with this team of scientists, and the photographer Terry Whittaker, who in some cases has captured the only known photos of particular cat species. It presents entries for each of the 37 species, which include accessible text, photos, and a color distribution map. Strategic sidebars discuss topics such as why darkand#160; manes are the look of choice for male lions, the magic of catnip, and how cats vocalize. An important theme that runs throughout the work, as it did in their first book, is the IUCN conservation status of each species. For several of the species, Wild for Cats will be the only up-to-date book reference on conservation and management status.
"I don't know of a concise global summary of carnivores like this. The illustrations cover a wide range of forms from all over the world, including many that are rarely photographed or preserved in museums."--Roland W. Kays, coauthor of Mammals of North America
Carnivores are among the most spectacular creatures in the natural world, and also the most feared. Carnivores of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and predatory wild cats to the tiny least weasel. This user-friendly illustrated guide features 86 color plates by acclaimed wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett that depict every species and numerous subspecies, as well as about 400 line drawings of skulls and footprints. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, distribution and habitat, feeding ecology, behavior, social patterns, reproduction and demography, status, threats, lifespan, and mortality. Carnivores of the World includes an introduction that provides a concise overview of taxonomy, conservation, and the distinct families within the order Carnivora.
About the Author
Luke Hunter is president of Panthera, the world's leading wild cat conservation organization. His books include "Cheetah and Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation".
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