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Behaviour of the Domestic Cat (Paperback, 2nd edition): John Bradshaw, Rachel Casey, Sarah Brown Behaviour of the Domestic Cat (Paperback, 2nd edition)
John Bradshaw, Rachel Casey, Sarah Brown
R817 R755 Discovery Miles 7 550 Save R62 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The behaviour of domesticated animals is a subject of great importance to students of animal behaviour and veterinary medicine, as well as interested pet owners. This book presents an engaging overview of the behaviour of the domestic cat, adopting both a mechanistic and functional approach. Physiological, developmental and psychological aspects are addressed, including domestication, the development of the senses, learning, communication and feeding behaviour. The authors build on these themes to discuss social behaviour, hunting and predation, cat-human interactions and welfare. Fully updated throughout, this new edition also includes two new chapters on behavioural disorders due to pathologies and from misdirected natural behaviour. It is an essential source of cat behaviour information for students, ethologists, veterinarians and pet owners.

Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States (Paperback): Carol Ruckdeschel, C. Robert Shoop Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States (Paperback)
Carol Ruckdeschel, C. Robert Shoop; Foreword by James R. Spotila
R438 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R111 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Written by two of the Southeast's foremost authorities on sea turtle conservation, this is an accessible, fully illustrated guide to the species that frequent the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. No one who encounters a sea turtle soon forgets it. The leatherback, for instance, can grow to huge proportions, commonly approaching eight feet in length and more than half a ton in weight. Powerful swimmers, they are also among the deepest divers of all air-breathing sea creatures. Despite these assets, the survival of the leatherback, like that of all sea turtle species, is under constant threat from commercial fishing operations, overdevelopment of nesting grounds, pollution, and predation by introduced species. The guide opens with comprehensive coverage of the sea turtle's evolution, juvenile and adult life cycles, nesting, diet and feeding, disease and parasites, predators, and conservation issues. Each subsequent chapter is dedicated to a particular turtle species: loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp's ridley, green sea turtle, hawksbill, and olive ridley. The account of each species describes distribution, habitats, general appearance, life history and behavior, and conservation. For each species, photographs of hatchlings and adults and a map showing distribution and migration provide further information. Sea turtles have been swimming the seas for one hundred million years. Yet all of the species in this book - indeed, all sea turtles worldwide - are on U.S. and international endangered lists. Biologists Carol Ruckdeschel and C. Robert Shoop have dedicated their careers to learning about sea turtles - and to ensuring that we understand that we are stakeholders in the fate of these ancient creatures. With this guide in hand, readers will be better equipped to understand sea turtle biology and support sea turtle conservation efforts.

A House for Hermit Crab (Hardcover, 1st Little Simon board bk. ed): Eric Carle A House for Hermit Crab (Hardcover, 1st Little Simon board bk. ed)
Eric Carle
R170 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R39 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This new board book edition of the successful picture book tells the story ofHermit Crab, who lovingly decorates his shell with underwater friends only tohave to move out when he grows too big for it. Full color.

Sharks of the Shallows - Coastal Species in Florida and the Bahamas (Hardcover): Jeffrey C. Carrier Sharks of the Shallows - Coastal Species in Florida and the Bahamas (Hardcover)
Jeffrey C. Carrier; Photographs by Andy Murch, Jillian Morris, Duncan Brake
R667 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R173 (26%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Agile, sleek, and precise, sharks display many qualities we can admire and appreciate. These marvels of evolution have adapted to thrive in every major aquatic realm on the planet, from frigid Arctic waters through temperate but stormy seas and on into the tropics. However, few places on Earth are home to the amazing diversity of shark species that beautify the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. In this first-ever book dedicated to the sharks of this region, biologist Jeffrey C. Carrier reveals the captivating lives of these large marine predators and describes how they have survived for over 400 million years. Guiding readers through basic biology, key attributes, and identification tips, the book explores what makes sharks such successful apex predators. Carrier explains fascinating phenomena, including the reason for the bizarre shape of the hammerhead, how a bull shark is able to swim hundreds of miles up freshwater rivers, what lies behind sharks' remarkable capability to learn and remember, and why many scientists believe that they are equipped with the most sophisticated sensory systems in the animal kingdom. With the stunning full-color underwater photography of Andy Murch, Jillian Morris, and Duncan Brake, Sharks of the Shallows brings boaters, fishers, divers, and shark lovers directly alongside these unfairly maligned creatures. And not a moment too soon! Sharks are experiencing stresses unlike any in their long history, and are struggling to survive in a changing ocean. They will continue to grace our coastlines only if we care enough to understand them.

Birds of Ecuador and Galapagos (Paperback): Clive Byers Birds of Ecuador and Galapagos (Paperback)
Clive Byers
R228 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R52 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Although it is one of South America's smallest countries, Ecuador is home to nearly 1,600 species of birds. This is thanks to the huge variety of habitats created by the Andes. The country is a birder's paradise and an increasingly popular tourist destination. Areas such as Tandayapa, Mindo and La Selva are renowned for their birdwatching potential and boast such dramatic species as Toucan Barbet, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean Condor, Giant Conebill and Ocellated Tapaculo, plus an array of brightly coloured manikins, cotingas, tanagers and hummingbirds. Offshore, the Galapagos Islands provide one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles.Two hundred and fifty-two of Ecuador and the Galapagos' most interesting and spectacular birds are featured in this concise and easy-to-use guide. Illustrated with clear colour photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of birds and animals from each region that the traveller is most likely to see, as well as those that are genuinely endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal rucksack and suitcase space.

The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State (Hardcover): Kevin J. McGowan, Kimberley Corwin The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State (Hardcover)
Kevin J. McGowan, Kimberley Corwin
R1,589 Discovery Miles 15 890 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Both an indispensable scientific work and a beautiful collection of art, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State documents and illustrates the current distribution of breeding birds within the state and the significant change in bird distribution that has occurred since the publication of The Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, edited by Robert F. Andrle and Janet R. Carroll, in 1988. Each species account features a black-and-white illustration of the bird, color maps of the current (2000-2005) breeding distribution and of the twenty-year change in distribution, and an overview of the species' breeding range, habitat preferences, history in the state, trends in distribution, and conservation implications. The book not only chronicles shifts in bird distribution but also celebrates the 244 species that breed within the state's borders by showcasing majestic landscape paintings of family groups and original artwork of each species.Long-term changes in the distribution of bird populations can be driven by habitat alteration caused by development, deforestation, and climate change, but significant change also occurs in the short term. Based on comprehensive, statewide research efforts conducted from 2000 to 2005, this landmark volume shows the surprising amount of change in the distribution of breeding birds in New York that has taken place in the last twenty years: a few species no longer breed in the state (e.g., Loggerhead Shrike), a few breeding species were gained (e.g., Merlin and Black Vulture), and over half of the species changed their distribution in the state, some dramatically. The consistency of survey methods in the two atlas efforts, including census of the same 5,333 survey blocks, allows for statistically significant comparisons.In all, 1,187 volunteers spent 140,000 hours in the field, making this a substantive work of citizen science with broad applications for bird research and environmental management. In addition to the species accounts, there are chapters on methodology, results, habitats, land use, history of New York birding and ornithology, conservation, and appendixes of rare breeders as well as an updated table of the seasonal timing of breeding that completes this monumental work. The documented changes in bird distributions and land use in this stunning celebration of New York's birds will be of critical interest to both birders and conservationists. Published in association with the New York State Ornithological Association and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in cooperation with the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Audubon New York.

Fishes in Lagoons and Estuaries in the Mediterranean 3A - Migratory Fish (Hardcover): Mohamed Hichem Kara, Jean-Pierre Quignard Fishes in Lagoons and Estuaries in the Mediterranean 3A - Migratory Fish (Hardcover)
Mohamed Hichem Kara, Jean-Pierre Quignard
R2,652 R1,865 Discovery Miles 18 650 Save R787 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Beyond their size (over 600,000 hectares), their wide geographical distribution and their geomorphological, hydro-climatic and eco-biological diversity, Mediterranean lagoons play an important role in regional economies. In addition, they are among the most vulnerable ecosystems to anthropization and climate change.

The New Encyclopedia of Snakes (Hardcover): Chris Mattison The New Encyclopedia of Snakes (Hardcover)
Chris Mattison
R694 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R174 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Comprehensive, up-to-date, and richly illustrated with some 200 color photographs, The "New Encyclopedia of Snakes" is the best single-volume reference on snakes. A thorough revision of the highly successful "Encyclopedia of Snakes," Chris Mattison's new book is the only one of its kind to deal in detail with snakes from around the world. Addressing the natural history of snakes and their relationship with each other and with other groups of animals, the book incorporates new information on snake biology and classification and includes a complete list of every family and genus, with notes on each. Throughout, photographs show the fascinating variety of snake coloration and camouflage, and illustrate and clarify the many topics covered.

Organized thematically, the book addresses the origin and evolution of snakes; their morphology and function; how and where they live; their methods of feeding, defense, and reproduction; their taxonomy and classification; and their interaction with humans. "The New Encyclopedia of Snakes" is the ideal reference for anyone interested in snakes--whether they come across them in the wild, go looking for them, keep them captive, or are simply fascinated by them.A comprehensive, up-to-date, and richly illustrated reference Text enhanced by some 200 color photographs of snakes from all over the world Easy-to-read fact boxes about topics of special interest

Tilapia - Biology, Culture, and Nutrition (Hardcover, New): Carl D Webster, Chhorn. Lim Tilapia - Biology, Culture, and Nutrition (Hardcover, New)
Carl D Webster, Chhorn. Lim
R3,306 Discovery Miles 33 060 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Learn to maximize tilapia production in different areas around the world Tilapia is the second-most cultured fish species in the world, and its production is increasing each year. However, for several reasons profit margins remain slim. Tilapia: Biology, Culture, and Nutrition presents respected international experts detailing every aspect of tilapia production around the world. Biology, breeding and larval rearing, farming techniques, feeding issues, post-harvest technology, and industry economics are clearly presented. This concise yet extensive reference provides the latest research and practical information to efficiently and economically maximize production in diverse locales, conditions, and climates. Tilapia: Biology, Culture, and Nutrition comprehensively explores all types of tilapia with a detailed biologic description of the fish that takes readers from egg through harvesting. The book authoritatively discusses production issues such as feed nutrition, temperature, water quality, parasites, and disease control to guide readers on how to best encourage fast, efficient growth. Economic and marketing information are examined, including industry data and projections by country. Each chapter approaches a specific facet of tilapia and provides the most up-to-date research available in that area. This resource gives the most current, detailed information needed for effective tilapia farming in one compact economical volume. Extensively referenced with an abundance of clear, helpful tables, photographs, and figures. Tilapia: Biology, Culture, and Nutrition discusses in detail: complete biology, including sex ratios, optimum temperatures for growth and spawning, water quality parameters, and disease tolerance industry predictions hormonal control of growth genetic improvement sex determination, manipulation, and control seed production culture practices earthen and lined pond production culture in flowing water cage culture feed formulation and processing, and feeding management soil, water, and effluent quality saline tolerance levels with optimum rate of acclimation to seawater polyculture of tilapia with shrimp bottom soil conditions nutrient requirements with non-nutrient components parasites and diseases Tilapia: Biology, Culture, and Nutrition is essential reading for aquaculturists, nutritionists, geneticists, hatchery managers, feed formulators, feed mill operators, extension specialists, tilapia growers, fish farmers/producers, educators, disease specialists, aquaculture veterinarians, policy makers, educators, and students.

Reptile Biodiversity - Standard Methods for Inventory and Monitoring (Hardcover): Roy W. McDiarmid, Mercedes S Foster, Craig... Reptile Biodiversity - Standard Methods for Inventory and Monitoring (Hardcover)
Roy W. McDiarmid, Mercedes S Foster, Craig Guyer, J.Whitfield Gibbons, Neil Chernoff
R1,774 R1,325 Discovery Miles 13 250 Save R449 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From tiny, burrowing lizards to rainforest canopy-dwellers and giant crocodiles, reptile populations everywhere are changing. Yet government and conservation groups are often forced to make important decisions about reptile conservation and management based on inadequate or incomplete data. With contributions from nearly seventy specialists, this volume offers a comprehensive guide to the best methods for carrying out standardized quantitative and qualitative surveys of reptiles, while maximizing comparability of data between sites, across habitats and taxa, and over time. The contributors discuss each method, provide detailed protocols for its implementation, and suggest ways to analyze the data, making this volume an essential resource for monitoring and inventorying reptile abundance, population status, and biodiversity.
"Reptile Biodiversity "covers topics including:
- terrestrial, marine, and aquatic reptiles
- equipment recommendations and limitations
- ethics of monitoring and inventory activities
- statistical procedures
- designing sampling programs
- using PDAs in the field

Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution (Paperback): Kenneth P Dial, Neil Shubin, Elizabeth Lindemann Brainerd Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution (Paperback)
Kenneth P Dial, Neil Shubin, Elizabeth Lindemann Brainerd
R895 R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Save R64 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How did flying birds evolve from running dinosaurs, terrestrial trotting tetrapods evolve from swimming fish, and whales return to swim in the sea? These are some of the great transformations in the 500-million-year history of vertebrate life. And with the aid of new techniques and approaches across a range of fields-work spanning multiple levels of biological organization from DNA sequences to organs and the physiology and ecology of whole organisms-we are now beginning to unravel the confounding evolutionary mysteries contained in the structure, genes, and fossil record of every living species. This book gathers a diverse team of renowned scientists to capture the excitement of these new discoveries in a collection that is both accessible to students and an important contribution to the future of its field. Marshaling a range of disciplines-from paleobiology to phylogenetics, developmental biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology-the contributors attack particular transformations in the head and neck, trunk, appendages such as fins and limbs, and the whole body, as well as offer synthetic perspectives. Illustrated throughout, Great Transformations in Vertebrate Evolution not only reveals the true origins of whales with legs, fish with elbows, wrists, and necks, and feathered dinosaurs, but also the relevance to our lives today of these extraordinary narratives of change.

Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles & Amphibians, Fourth Edition (Paperback): Peterson Field Guide to Western Reptiles & Amphibians, Fourth Edition (Paperback)
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R455 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R117 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

PETERSON: The best-selling field guides of all time This is the most comprehensive and trusted guide to reptiles and amphibians of western North America. The new edition retains the realistic and accurate paintings by Robert Stebbins and includes 160 color photographs for additional detail. All range maps are up to date and placed within their species accounts. Family, genus, species, and subspecies names have been updated to the currently accepted usage. Illustrations of eggs and larvae, which can aid in identifying salamanders and frogs, are a particularly helpful feature. The area covered includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, the western corner of Nunavut, Yukon, and Baja California. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute

Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Bio Evolution of the Rodents: Series Number 5,... Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Bio Evolution of the Rodents: Series Number 5, Volume 5 (Hardcover)
Philip G. Cox, Lionel Hautier
R2,058 R1,937 Discovery Miles 19 370 Save R121 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The widespread use of mouse models in developmental, behavioural and genetic studies has sparked wider interest in rodent biology as a whole. This book brings together the latest research on rodents to better understand the evolution of both living and extinct members of this fascinating group. Topics analysed include the role of molecular techniques in the determination of robust phylogenetic frameworks; how geometric morphometric methods help quantify and analyse variation in shape; and the role of developmental biology in elucidating the origins of skeletal elements and the teeth. The editors unite these disciplines to present the current state of knowledge in rodent biology, whilst setting the landscape for future research. This book highlights interdisciplinary links across palaeontology, developmental biology, functional morphology, phylogenetics and biomechanics, making it a valuable resource for evolutionary biologists in all fields.

I, Mammal - The Story of What Makes Us Mammals (Hardcover): Liam Drew I, Mammal - The Story of What Makes Us Mammals (Hardcover)
Liam Drew 1
R399 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R90 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog? After a misdirected football left new father Liam Drew clutching a uniquely mammalian part of his anatomy, he decided to find out more. Considering himself as a mammal first and a human second, Liam delves into ancient biological history to understand what it means to be mammalian. In his humorous and engaging style, Liam explores the different characteristics that distinguish mammals from other types of animals. He charts the evolution of milk, warm blood and burgeoning brains, and examines the emergence of sophisticated teeth, exquisite ears, and elaborate reproductive biology, plus a host of other mammalian innovations. Entwined are tales of zoological peculiarities and reflections on how being a mammal has shaped the author's life. I, Mammal is a history of mammals and their ancestors and of how science came to grasp mammalian evolution. And in celebrating our mammalian-ness, Liam Drew binds us a little more tightly to the five and a half thousand other species of mammal on this planet and reveals the deep roots of many traits humans hold dear.

Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists - Good Practice Guidelines (Paperback, 3rd edition): Jan Collins Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists - Good Practice Guidelines (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Jan Collins; Foreword by Julia Hanmer, Kit Stoner
R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Following a public consultation, redrafting and an extensive review process the Bat Conservation Trust has produced Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines 3rd edition. In line with the latest evidence and best practice the third edition features new content and revised guidance. This is the essential reference guide for anyone involved in professional bat work.The 3rd edition includes:- A revised structure, index and cross-referencing for improved accessibility- Updates on the latest legislation, licensing, policy and published research- A new chapter on bat surveys of trees- A new section on acoustic surveys at swarming sites- A new chapter on advanced licence survey techniques- A new section on using statistics to analyse bat survey dataThe 3rd edition has gone through an extensive review process by a technical board representing all UK SNCOs, ALGE, ecological consultants and an LPA.Please note that due to the delay in publication of the National Bats and Wind Turbines Project report, there will be no wind farms chapter in this edition. The 2nd edition guidelines wind farms chapter will stand until new guidelines are available for this project type.BCT Members receive a 20% discount: please quote your membership number when ordering (in the 'comments' field when ordering online), and the discount will be applied when we process your order. Please disregard the full amount quoted in your shopping basket and automated order confirmation. If you are not a BCT member, click here to join online now and claim your discount.

The Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas (Hardcover, New): Troy Corman, Cathryn Wise-Gervais The Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas (Hardcover, New)
Troy Corman, Cathryn Wise-Gervais
R1,916 R1,733 Discovery Miles 17 330 Save R183 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is the capstone of the first comprehensive state-wide survey of Arizona's breeding birds. More than 700 surveyors, mainly volunteers, reported a total of 376 bird species during the 1993-2000 field seasons. Of those species, 283 were confirmed as breeding and 18 additional species were suspected of potentially nesting in the state during the atlas survey period. The atlas provides a breeding distribution snapshot for each of Arizona's nesting bird species at the end of the twentieth century. Bird populations change constantly due to environmental factors and human activities. The data compiled in this book will serve as a baseline against which to judge future changes. It also provides a wealth of natural history information. Each of the 270 two-page species accounts contains a colour photograph of the species and a range map summarising the breeding distribution records collected during the atlas survey period. The accompanying descriptive text and graphs provide nesting habitat information and a timeline chronicling each bird's breeding habits and migratory status in Arizona. Additional chapters describe atlas methods, results, and Arizona ornithological history, as well as topography, climate, and habitat diversity, which ultimately govern bird species distribution in the state. Useful to land managers and biologists, the atlas will also be a resource for birders and educators and will increase public awareness of Arizona's vast avian life.

The Rise of Birds - 225 Million Years of Evolution (Hardcover, second edition): Sankar Chatterjee The Rise of Birds - 225 Million Years of Evolution (Hardcover, second edition)
Sankar Chatterjee
R1,172 R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Save R276 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of dinosaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of "oldest known bird." In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With no blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the "Cretaceous Pompeii" of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered dinosaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations-accompanied by spectacular illustrations-are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of "the feathered dinosaurs," from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders.

The Dog - A Natural History (Hardcover): Adam Miklosi The Dog - A Natural History (Hardcover)
Adam Miklosi
R531 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R133 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An accessible and richly illustrated introduction to the natural history of dogs--from evolution, anatomy, cognition, and behavior to the relationship between dogs and humans As one of the oldest domesticated species, selectively bred over millennia to possess specific behaviors and physical characteristics, the dog enjoys a unique relationship with humans. More than any other animal, dogs are attuned to human behavior and emotions, and accordingly play a range of roles in society, from police and military work to sensory and emotional support. Selective breeding has led to the development of more than three hundred breeds that, despite vast differences, still belong to a single species, Canis familiaris. The Dog is an accessible, richly illustrated, and comprehensive introduction to the fascinating natural history and scientific understanding of this beloved species. d m Mikl si, a leading authority on dogs, provides an appealing overview of dogs' evolution and ecology; anatomy and biology; behavior and society; sensing, thinking, and personality; and connections to humans. Illustrated with some 250 color photographs, The Dog begins with an introductory overview followed by an exploration of the dog's prehistoric origins, including current research about where and when canine domestication first began. The book proceeds to examine dogs' biology and behavior, paying particular attention to the physiological and psychological aspects of the ways dogs see, hear, and smell, and how they communicate with other dogs and with humans. The book also describes how dogs learn about their physical and social environments and the ways they form attachments to humans. The book ends with a section showcasing a select number of dog breeds to illustrate their amazing physical variety. Beautifully designed and filled with surprising facts and insights, this book will delight anyone who loves dogs and wants to understand them better.

Pandas and People - Coupling Human and Natural Systems for Sustainability (Paperback): Jianguo Liu, Vanessa Hull, Wu Yang,... Pandas and People - Coupling Human and Natural Systems for Sustainability (Paperback)
Jianguo Liu, Vanessa Hull, Wu Yang, Andres Vina, Xiao Dong Chen, …
R1,010 Discovery Miles 10 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Understanding the complex relationships between humans and the natural world is essential for achieving environmental sustainability and improving human well-being, yet many studies are unable to reveal complex interactions and hidden trends. This is the first book to synthesize the findings and approaches of long-term integrated research in a model coupled human and natural system, and to illustrate their applications to regional, national, and global scales. It features a classic long-term interdisciplinary research project in the Wolong Nature Reserve of China, which contains one of the largest wild populations of the world-famous endangered giant pandas. Bringing together a team of contributors from both the natural and social sciences, this book explores how a long-term interdisciplinary and model system approach is essential to uncover the common patterns and mechanisms of coupled systems, to develop ideas and methods for studying and managing other coupled systems, and ultimately to contribute to the development of theories about coupled systems for sustainability. Pandas and People will be essential reading for scholars interested in the interface of the natural and social sciences, including ecologists, conservation biologists, environmental scientists, sustainability scientists, wildlife biologists, forest scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and political scientists. It will also be a valuable reference for policy makers, natural resource managers, and graduate students.

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania (Paperback, 3 Rev Ed): Dale A Zimmerman, David J Pearson, Donald A Turner Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania (Paperback, 3 Rev Ed)
Dale A Zimmerman, David J Pearson, Donald A Turner
R822 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R211 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This field guide is an abridged edition of the very successful Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania written by the same authors. It covers all 1089 bird species known from the region, including vagrants. This book combines the format and detailed treatment of the larger version with the convenience of a field guide. All the species are illustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habits and voice with range maps for nearly every species. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of these countries.

Wolves - Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (Paperback, New edition): L.David Mech, Luigi Boitani Wolves - Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (Paperback, New edition)
L.David Mech, Luigi Boitani
R607 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R145 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Wolves are some of the world's most charismatic and controversial animals, capturing the imaginations of their friends and foes alike. Highly intelligent and adaptable, they hunt and play together in close-knit packs, sometimes roaming over hundreds of square miles in search of food. Once teetering on the brink of extinction across much of the United States and Europe, wolves have made a tremendous comeback in recent years, thanks to legal protection, changing human attitudes, and efforts to reintroduce them to suitable habitats in North America. As wolf populations have rebounded, scientific studies of them have also flourished. But there hasn't been a systematic, comprehensive overview of wolf biology since 1970. In Wolves, many of the world's leading wolf experts provide state-of-the-art coverage of just about everything you could want to know about these fascinating creatures. Individual chapters cover wolf social ecology, behavior, communication, feeding habits and hunting techniques, population dynamics, physiology and pathology, molecular genetics, evolution and taxonomy, interactions with nonhuman animals such as bears and coyotes, reintroduction, interactions with humans, and conservation and recovery efforts. The book discusses both gray and red wolves in detail and includes information about wolves around the world, from the United States and Canada to Italy, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Israel, India, and Mongolia. Wolves is also extensively illustrated with black and white photos, line drawings, maps, and fifty color plates. Unrivalled in scope and comprehensiveness, Wolves will become the definitive resource on these extraordinary animals for scientists and amateurs alike. "An excellent compilation of current knowledge, with contributions from all the main players in wolf research. . . . It is designed for a wide readership, and certainly the language and style will appeal to both scientists and lucophiles alike. . . . This is an excellent summary of current knowledge and will remain the standard reference work for a long time to come."--Stephen Harris, New Scientist "This is the place to find almost any fact you want about wolves."--Stephen Mills, BBC Wildlife Magazine

The Carnivores (Paperback, New edition): R.F. Ewer The Carnivores (Paperback, New edition)
R.F. Ewer; Foreword by Devra G. Kleiman
R919 R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Save R149 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"A masterful synthesis of anatomy, physiology, and behavior into a coherent exposition on the ways these highly specialized mammals make their living. . . . The book is a tremendous addition to the biologist's bookshelf and a 'must' for those who specialize in the study of these most fascinating mammals." Quarterly Review of Biology"Ewer's equal excellence as an ethologist and paleontologist gives her a better perspective on these subjects as well as their combination in 'paleoethology' than almost anyone." American Scientist"Ewer writes pleasantly and her text is refreshingly free of jargon, so that the book is enjoyable to read for layman and scientist alike. Here and there are personal reflections and anecdotes which not only help to enliven the pages but often also provide a new insight into a problem." Science"

Biology and Conservation of Musteloids (Paperback): David Macdonald, Christopher Newman, Lauren A. Harrington Biology and Conservation of Musteloids (Paperback)
David Macdonald, Christopher Newman, Lauren A. Harrington
R1,085 Discovery Miles 10 850 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The musteloids are the most diverse super-family among carnivores, ranging from little known, exotic, and highly-endangered species to the popular and familiar, and include a large number of introduced invasives. They feature terrestrial, fossorial, arboreal, and aquatic members, ranging from tenacious predators to frugivorous omnivores, span weights from a 100g weasel to 30kg giant otters, and express a range of social behaviours from the highly gregarious to the fiercely solitary. Musteloids are the subjects of extensive cutting-edge research from phylogenetics to the evolution of sociality and through to the practical implications of disease epidemiology, introduced species management, and climate change. Their diversity and extensive biogeography inform a wide spectrum of ecological theory and conservation practice. The editors of this book have used their combined 90 years of experience working on the behaviour and ecology of wild musteloids to draw together a unique network of the world's most successful and knowledgeable experts. The book begins with nine review chapters covering hot topics in musteloid biology including evolution, disease, social communication, and management. These are followed by twenty extensive case studies providing a range of comprehensive geographic and taxonomic coverage. The final chapter synthesises what has been discussed in the book, and reflects on the different and diverse conservation needs of musteloids and the wealth of conservation lessons they offer. Biology and Conservation of Musteloids provides a conceptual framework for future research and applied conservation management that is suitable for graduate level students as well as professional researchers in musteloid and carnivore ecology and conservation biology. It will also be of relevance and use to conservationists and wildlife managers.

Biology of Marine Birds (Hardcover): E. A. Schreiber, Joanna Burger Biology of Marine Birds (Hardcover)
E. A. Schreiber, Joanna Burger
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Biology of Marine Birds provides the only complete summary of information about marine birds ever published. It both summarizes and analyzes their breeding biology, ecology, taxonomy, evolution, fossil history, physiology, energetics, and conservation. The book covers four orders of marine birds: penguins (Sphenisciformes); albatross, shearwaters, petrels (Procellariiformes); pelicans, boobies, frigatebirds, tropicbirds, cormorants (Pelecaniformes); and gulls, terns, guillemots, auks (Charadriiformes - Families Laridae and Alcidae). Two summary chapters address the biology of shorebirds and wading birds and their lives in the marine environment.

This comprehensive book contains numerous summary tables that give you exhaustive information on various aspects of their life histories, breeding biology, physiology and energetics, and demography. It also discusses research techniques and future research needed, providing a guide to ornithologists and students for research projects.

Written by acknowledged experts in this field, Biology of Marine Birds is the ideal resource. The authors not only present known information, but provide new analyses and insights into marine bird biology. You will find no other book that covers all the major seabird groups and all the major topics with this depth of detail. Whether you are studying, researching, or managing marine environments, you will find yourself reaching for this resource repeatedly.

Birds of Northern India (Paperback): Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp Birds of Northern India (Paperback)
Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp
R578 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R143 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A successor to "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent", by the same authors, this handbook explores the birdlife of northern India and Pakistan. The plates are accompanied by text that highlights the identification, voice, habitat, altitudinal range, distribution and status of the birds. The text is on pages facing the plates for easy reference, and there are distribution maps for every species.

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