Leopard (Reaktion Books - Animal)

By Desmond Morris

The modern, noticed leopard could be the smallest of the massive cats, yet its ferocity and solitary type makes lions and tigers appear puny compared. missing the social mentality of different animals, the leopard is stealthy and egocentric, ambushing its prey and wearing it excessive right into a tree the place it will probably dine by myself. people name leopards the “perfect predator." In Leopard, popular zoologist Desmond Morris seeks to teach each side of the cat, delving into the interesting historical past of those marvelous animals.
Morris examines the leopard’s athletic splendor, predatory ability, cautious shyness, and crafty intelligence whereas additionally exploring the animal’s parental devotion, choice for solitude, and means for revenge. as well as tracing the evolution of leopards, he considers how people have concerning the animal all through heritage. Leopards, he indicates, have lengthy featured within the paintings, mythology, and folklore of historical Greece, Persia, Rome, or even England, the place they've got now not lived for a number of millennia. yet people and leopards don't regularly coexist peacefully; as Morris explains, leopards were identified to assault people whilst their nutrients is scarce or they're injured. He unearths how people have exploited the cats, trying to teach them for circus roles, and the way at the present time a few individuals are now making strides towards the leopard’s conservation. He additionally describes their wealthy symbolism, appearances in literature and movie, and using the leopard print in either high fashion and down-market fashion.
jam-packed with compelling photos of this impressive animal in action, Leopard sheds new mild on those attractive cats.

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Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

By American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Extra than ninety percentage of puppy proprietors reflect on their pets to be participants in their kinfolk. yet frequently, regardless of our greatest intentions, we're letting our canine down through now not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted habit is the number-one cause canine are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

The key to training dogs successfully is first to understand why our canine do what they do. And nobody can tackle this extra authoritatively than the diplomates of the yank university of Veterinary habit, whose paintings, the end result of years of rigorous education, takes them deep into the minds of dogs as a way to decode how they suspect, how they impart, and the way they learn.

In Decoding Your Dog, those specialists learn challenge behaviors, decipher the newest reviews, and proper universal misconceptions and outdated theories. The publication includes:

• powerful, veterinary-approved confident education methods
• professional recommendation on socialization, housetraining, vitamin, and exercise
• treatments for behavior problems reminiscent of OCD and aggression

With Decoding Your Dog the experts’ specialists convey essential puppy habit advisor that eventually problem the way in which we predict approximately our canines.

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The Holistic Puppy: How to Have a Happy, Healthy Dog

By Diane Stein

Are you contemplating adopting a dog or grown puppy? Diane Stein might help you decide and educate a puppy and also will suggest you on right meals and illnesses, during the dog'¬?s complete existence span, from infancy throughout the hell-raising teenage years, to previous age. She comprises homeopathic treatments and different traditional treatments.

Having rescued 3 grown canine with average to critical emotional and actual difficulties and likewise raised domestic dogs, Diane Stein is aware that once a dog involves reside with humans, people and animal develop into a canine-human pack-family. She explores this dynamic and explains how one can positioned this data to take advantage of to elevate a contented, fit do.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet

By Ken Foster

Filled with inspiring tales and images, this heartfelt tribute to the pit bull celebrates certainly one of America’s most well-liked but misunderstood dogs.

possibly greater than the other breed, the pit bull has been dogged through unfavorable stereotypes. honestly, pit bulls are innately marvelous relatives pets, as in a position to love and reliable deeds as the other kind of puppy. atmosphere the checklist directly, Ken Foster sings the praises of pit bulls in I’m an excellent Dog, a gorgeously illustrated, tenderly written tribute to this so much misunderstood of canines.

founding father of the Sula origin, which promotes liable pit bull possession in New Orleans, and the writer of 2 acclaimed books approximately deserted canine, Foster has made it his challenge to carry missed canine into the limelight. I’m an excellent Dog lines the interesting historical past of this fairly maligned breed. A century in the past, the pit bull was once thought of a kinfolk puppy, featured in kinfolk pictures and depended on as loving partners for kids. extra lately, pit bulls were portrayed via the media as stereotypes of every little thing they aren't. Foster shatters that attractiveness via relocating profiles of pit bulls that function treatment canines, athletic heroes, search-and-rescue canine, and educators, let alone as loving pets. Foster additionally profiles many pit bull fans, from Helen Keller and Dr. Seuss to actor Todd Cerveris, who took his pit bull on travel with him for the musical Spring Awakening.

Proving that there’s a lot to like and not anything to worry, I’m a great Dog restores the pit bull to its rightful position as good friend, loved one, athlete and entertainer.

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Invisible Beasts

By Sharona Muir

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Orion e-book Award Finalist
O, The Oprah Magazine “Title to select Up Now”

“An outstanding feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Invisible Beasts is an odd and gorgeous meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of myth and box consultant, novel and essay, treatise and delusion. With one hand it deals a tragic observation on environmental degradation, whereas with the opposite it offers a vibrant, whimsical, and humorous exploration of what it ability to be human. It’s splendidly written, crazily imagined, and completely original.” —ANTHONY DOERR, writer of All the sunshine we won't See and The Shell Collector

Sophie is an novice naturalist with an extraordinary genetic reward: the power to work out a wonderful nation of invisible, sentient creatures that proportion an essential courting with humankind. To checklist her observations, Sophie creates a private bestiary and, as she relates the unusual skills of those endangered beings, her stories turn into awesome meditations on love, intercourse, evolution, extinction, fact, and self-knowledge.

In the culture of E.O. Wilson’s Anthill, Invisible Beasts is inspiring, philosophical, and richly precise fiction grounded via medical truth and a profound perception into nature. the wonderful creations inside its pages—an historical animal that makes use of common chilly fusion for strength, a species of vampire bat which may listen whilst their human host is mendacity, a continent-sized sponge dwelling lower than the ice of Antarctica—illuminate the function that every one residing creatures play within the surroundings and remind us of what we stand to lose if we fail to acknowledge our entwined destinies.

Sharona Muir is the writer of The e-book of Telling: Tracing the secrets and techniques of My Father’s Lives. The recipient of a Hodder Fellowship and nationwide Endowment for the humanities Fellowship, her writing has seemed in Granta, Orion journal, Virginia Quarterly assessment, The Paris Review, and somewhere else. She is a Professor of inventive Writing and English at Bowling eco-friendly nation collage. Invisible Beasts is her first novel.

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The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History (Life of the Past)

By Jolyon C. Parish

The Dodo and the Solitaire is the main complete booklet so far approximately those famously extinct birds. It includes the entire recognized modern debts and illustrations of the dodo and solitaire, masking their historical past after extinction and discussing their ecology, type, phylogenetic placement, and evolution. either birds have been huge and flightless and lived on inhabited islands a few 500 miles east of Madagascar. the 1st recorded descriptions of the dodo have been supplied via Dutch sailors who first encountered them in 1598—within a hundred years, the dodo used to be extinct. So quick did the poultry disappear that there's inadequate proof to shape a wholly actual photo of its visual appeal and ecology, and the absence has ended in a lot hypothesis. the tale of the dodo, like that of the solitaire, has been pieced jointly from fragments, either literary and actual, which have been conscientiously compiled and tested during this outstanding volume.

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Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

By Jennifer S. Holland

It's precisely like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf additionally shall stay with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the child . . . ” Written via National Geographic magazine author Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships records one heartwarming story after one other of animals who, with not anything else in universal, bond within the so much unforeseen methods. A cat and a fowl. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented tales of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And virtually inexplicable tales of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips right into a village each evening to sleep with a calf. A lionness moms a child oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the main points and arc of every tale, and likewise bargains insights into why—how the younger leopard, most likely motherless, sought maternal convenience with the calf, and the way a child oryx encouraged an identical mothering intuition within the lionness. Or, within the tale of Kizzy, a worried retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a crimson tabby, how cats and canine truly comprehend each one other’s physique language. With Murphy’s friendship and aid, Kizzy recovered from lifestyles as a racing puppy and have become a convinced, dependable kinfolk pet.

These are the main extraordinary friendships among species, amassed from world wide and documented in a variety of full-color candid pictures.

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Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea

Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines excessive event with sensible info in Shark Trouble, a e-book that's immediately a mystery and a helpful advisor to being secure in, on, lower than, and round the sea. The best-selling writer of Jaws, The Deep, and different works attracts on greater than 3 a long time of expertise to percentage information regarding sharks and different marine animals.

"Shark assaults on people generate an immense quantity of media coverage," Benchley writes, "partly simply because they ensue so not often, yet regularly, i believe, simply because individuals are, and continually were, at the same time intrigued and terrified by way of sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the darkish fortress the place our nightmares stay - deep water past our sight and realizing - and they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations."

Benchley describes the various kinds of sharks (including those that pose a real probability to man), what's and is not recognized approximately shark habit, the percentages opposed to an assault and the way to minimize them even additional - all strengthened with the teachings he has discovered, the errors he has made, and the non-public perils he has encountered whereas generating tv documentaries, bestselling novels, and articles concerning the sea and its population. He tells how you can swim thoroughly within the ocean, easy methods to learn the tides and currents, what habit to prevent, and the way to outlive whilst risk unexpectedly moves. He discusses find out how to inform childrens approximately sharks and the ocean and the way to boost, in old and young alike, a fit recognize for the sea.

As Benchley says, "The ocean is the one alien and almost certainly adversarial surroundings in the world into which we have a tendency to enterprise with no considering the animals that stay there, how they behave, how they aid themselves, and the way they understand us. i do know of not anyone who might trigger into the jungles of Malaysia armed basically with a washing go well with, a tube of suntan cream, and a publication, and but that is accurately how we procedure the oceans."

No longer. no longer after you might have learn Shark Trouble.

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