The Last Elephants
A census in 2016 revealed that an elephant is killed every 15 minutes in Africa. This response to the survey’s findings is comprised of observations by conservationists, scientists and activists and over 250 images by the continent’s top wildlife photographers. Together they reveal the efforts of those working for the welfare of the species, but also demonstrate the need for international action to prevent extinction.
A Field Guide to Carnivores of the World
All true carnivores trace their lineage back to an ancient common ancestor and many exhibit similar behaviours and adaptations despite a huge variation in species, from the now largely vegetarian giant panda to the common weasel. This comprehensive guide includes colour illustrations and descriptions of 250 species, detailing identification characteristics, habitat, behaviour, feeding ecology, social patterns and conservation. Also included are distribution maps and drawings of skulls and footprints.
The Hidden World of the Fox
For thousands of years folklore has celebrated the cunning and enigmatic qualities of the Red Fox. The ecologist Adele Brand describes the physiology, diet and habits of the species and explains how the intelligence that helped them thrive in ancient woodlands now contributes to their survival in the heart of our cities. She shares anecdotes about those she sees regularly – Chatter, Old Dogfox and the Vixen from Across the Road – and makes the case for living peaceably with them.
A Natural History
Beginning with the origins of Caninae and ending with a directory of 32 popular modern breeds, this colourful volume surveys the biology and behaviour of dogs, how they think and how they interact with people. Written by a team of experts, the book discusses the life of wild dogs as well as the different roles they play as companions, guard dogs, herders and co-workers, and also considers the future for canines in our changing society.
The Story of the Humpback Whale
Humpback whales are found in all the world’s oceans and most make long seasonal migrations from summer feeding areas in colder regions to breeding grounds in tropical waters. This highly illustrated volume describes their life cycle, remarkable hunting methods and song, based on the author’s 30 years of observation and study, and outlines the way the species has been hunted.
A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain
For some, the fox is a beautiful, intelligent creature; for others, a ravager of henhouses. Lucy Jones probes these conflicted attitudes, and examines her own family history of foxhunting. She investigates the animal’s behaviour and reputation for cunning, charts attempts to exterminate it from the Tudor ‘Vermin Acts’ onwards, and traces the fox through folklore and literature from Aesop’s fables to Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Primates of Southeast Asia
East Asia and the Indian Sub-continent
Non-human primates in Southeast Asia are under threat, and this field guide lists 120 species with photographs, physical descriptions, ranges, unusual characteristics and tips for conservation-minded beginners searching for primates in the region.
Tales from Gombe
Made famous by the long-term studies conducted by Jane Goodall, the chimpanzees of the Gombe National Park by Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania have revealed previously unknown behaviours, such as the use of tools and meat-eating, and have shown that the apes have complex social relationships and individual personalities. This large-format photographic study captures the chimps over a period of more than ten years and contains notes on the history of the community and the lineages of its prominent dynasties.
In Search of the Wild Otter
One of Britain's best-loved wild animals, the otter is making a comeback thanks to the efforts of conservationists. Otter Country follows Miriam Darlington's travels from her Devon home to the wilds of Scotland in pursuit of these charismatic beasts. Her writing evokes the beauty of the landscapes otters inhabit as she recounts meetings with ecologists, fishermen, hunters and poets and describes how the stillness required to track these elusive creatures brings its own wonders.