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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly KillerArtist/Author: Marra, Peter P. (Author), Chris Santella (Author)
In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time – that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the little-known but potentially devastating public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans at rising rates. Cat Wars tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world, and sheds new light on the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat populations.
This compelling book traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse – from Stan Temple’s breakthrough studies on cat predation in Wisconsin to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change.
Cat Wars paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem – and proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.
Cats in Australia: Companion and KillerArtist/Author: Woinarski, John, Sarah Legge, Chris Dickman
A discussion of the impact of cats, their relationship with people, and their management.
Across the world, cats are loved as pets or are kept or tolerated for their role in controlling some animal pests. But cats, both pets and feral, also kill many native animals and this toll can be enormous. Cats have been remarkably successful in Australia, spreading pervasively across the continent and many islands, occurring in all environments, and proving to be adept and adaptable hunters. A large proportion of Australia’s distinctive fauna is threatened and recent research highlights the significant role that cats play in the decline and extinction of native species.
Cats in Australia brings this research together, documenting the extent to which cats have subverted, and are continuing to subvert, Australia’s biodiversity. But the book does much more than spotlight the impacts of cats on Australian nature. It describes the origins of cats and their global spread, their long-standing and varying relationship with people, their global impacts and their ecology. It also seeks to describe the challenge of managing cats, and the options available to constrain their impacts.
Poisonous to Pets: Plants Poisonous to Dogs and Cats.Artist/Author: O'Kane, Nicole.
The must-have guide to toxic plants for dog and cat owners.
Poisonous to Pets is vital to anyone who owns a dog or cat – it could save their pet’s life. This highly illustrated, full-colour book allows rapid access to visual and written information about plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs. It enables owners to identify the dangerous plant and know what to do if their pet is poisoned.
The book outlines potential toxicity to pets by categorising the plants into four levels, with each toxic level identified by colours found on the edge of each page. However, prevention is better than cure, and the information in this book also helps pet owners and garden designers ‘poison proof’ the home and garden.
Each plant description includes: botanical name, common name, scientific plant family, signs of toxicity in the animal, the first point of call for treatment, a brief description of the plant, geographic location, plant habitat, toxic parts, how poisoning occurs and toxic principles.
Wolves: behaviour, ecology and conservation.Artist/Author: Mech, L. David and Luigi Boitani.
Covering aspects of social ecology, behavior, communication, feeding habits and hunting techniques, populations dynamics, physiology and pathology, molecular genetics, evolution and taxonomy, interaction with humans and other animals, reintroduction, conservation and recovery efforts. Also available in hardcover [stock id 19288].
Biology and conservation of wild canids.Artist/Author: Macdonald, David W. and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, editors.
This book brings together in a single volume an astonishing synthesis of research from the last twenty years and is the first truly compendious synthesis on wild canids.
Beginning with a complete account of all 36 canid species, there follow six review chapters that emphasise topics most relevant to canid conservation science, including evolution and systematics, behavioural ecology, population genetics, diseases, conflict/control of troublesome species, and conservation tools. Fifteen detailed case studies then delve deeply into the very best species investigations currently available, written by all the leading figures in the field.
The Dingo in Australia and AsiaArtist/Author: Corbett, Laurie.
The results of three decades of study, with illustrations by Frank Knight and the author. Covers the social and chemical communicatin among dingoes, patterns of aggression, dominance and submission, feeding ecology, hunting tactics and competition with other predators.
Hunter and hunted: relationships between carnivores and people.Artist/Author: Kruuk, Hans.
Hunter and hunted is an account of the intricate relationships between predators and humans. Written by one of the world’s best known naturalists, Hans Kruuk, it is both about his life-long passion for meat-eaters as diverse as otters and wolves, tigers and hyaenas, and a scientific exploration of what carnivores mean to humans and vice versa.
Spirit of the Wild Dog: The World of Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes, Jackals and DingoesArtist/Author: Rogers, Lesley J. and Gisela Kaplan.
Covers all aspects of wild dogs: their variety of species, and where and how they live in the wild. The book takes us on a fascinating exploration of how wild dogs behave, communicate, socialise, mate and hunt. It also provides insights into the extraordinary group coherence of wild dogs, their faithfulness and intelligence, their ability to learn, remember and solve problems. The book also discusses the future of the wild dog. Including spectacular photographs of dogs in their natural habitats, Spirit of the Wild Dog is an intriguing and much needed account of the world of these admirable animals.
The African wild dog: ecology, behavior, and conservation.Artist/Author: Creel, Scott and Nancy Marusha Creel.
With only 5,000 surviving, the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of the world’s most endangered large carnivores – and one of the most remarkable. This comprehensive portrait of wild dogs incorporates previously scattered information with important new findings from a six-year study in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve, Africa’s largest protected area. A hardcover is also available.
Wild cats of the world.Artist/Author: Sunquist, Mel and Sunquist, Fiona.
Each of the accounts of the thirty-six species of cat contains a description of the cat, including human interactions with it, as well as detailed data on its distribution, ecology and behaviour, status in the wild, and efforts to conserve it.
Borderland Jaguars: Tigres de la Frontera.Artist/Author: Brown, David and Carlos Lopez Gonzalez.
The book is primarily a natural history of the jaguar in south-west USA and discusses its distribution, habitats, and hunting and breeding characteristics. It concludes with a section on the status and management of these borderland jaguars and a proposed conservation plan.
Frontiers of fear: tigers and people in the Malay world, 1600-1950.Artist/Author: Boomgaard, Peter.
Interweaving stories about Malay kings, colonial rulers, tiger charmers, and bounty hunters with facts about tigers and their way of life, the book is an engrossing combination of environmental and micro history.