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Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men with GunsArtist/Author: Packer, Craig
From flat-topped acacia trees to great migrations of wildebeest across an edgeless expanse of grass, the Serengeti is one of the world’s most renowned ecosystems. And at the apex of this incredible landscape prowls its seemingly indomitable ruler: the Serengeti lion. These majestic mammals are skilful hunters, iconic, and integral to Serengeti health. But they also commit infanticide, eat local people and destroy local livelihoods, are a source of profit for those who make money shooting or conserving them (and sometimes both), and are in constant danger from the encroachments of another species: humans.
With Lions in the Balance, celebrated lion researcher and conservationist Craig Packer takes us back into the complex, tooth-and-claw worlds of lion conservation and behavior. A sequel to Packer’s Into Africa – which gave many readers their first experience of field work in Africa, of Tanzanian roads, of long hours spent identifying lions by their ear marks and scars, and of the joys of bootlegged Grateful Dead tapes beneath savannah moons – this diary-based chronicle of adventure, real-life danger, and corruption will both alarm and entertain. Packer’s story offers a look into the future of the lion, one in which the politics of conservation will require survival strategies far more creative and powerful than any now possessed by the citizens of the savannah – humans included.
Packer is sure to infuriate poachers, politicians, and conservationists alike as he minces no words about the problems he sees. But with a narrative stretching from Arusha to Washington, DC, and marked by Packer’s signature humour and incredible candour, Lions in the Balance is a tale of courage against impossible odds, a masterly blend of science and storytelling, and an urgent call to action that will captivate a pride of readers.
Animal Nutrition: From Theory to PracticeArtist/Author: Hynd, Philip
Nutrition is the key driver of animal health, welfare and production. In agriculture, nutrition is crucial to meet increasing global demands for animal protein and consumer demands for cheaper meat, milk and eggs and higher standards of animal welfare. For companion animals, good nutrition is essential for quality and length of life.
Animal Nutrition examines the science behind the nutrition and feeding of the major domesticated animal species: sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, deer, goats, pigs, poultry, camelids, horses, dogs and cats. It includes introductory chapters on digestion and feeding standards, followed by chapters on each animal, containing information on digestive anatomy and physiology, evidence-based nutrition and feeding requirements, and common nutritional and metabolic diseases.
Clear diagrams, tables and breakout boxes make this text readily understandable and it will be of value to tertiary students and to practising veterinarians, livestock consultants, producers and nutritionists.
Among the Pigeons: Why Our Cats Belong IndoorsArtist/Author: Read, John L.
During the last century, global domestic cat numbers rocketed past 200 million, along with a surge in cat diseases and numbers of feral cats and sick, injured and malnourished cats. Cat shelters are overflowing. Hundreds of thousands of cats are euthanised every year by despondent animal welfare workers. Misplaced sentimentality, sometimes promoted by corporate greed of cat food companies, has exacerbated this situation through promoting irresponsible feeding of strays.
Ecologist and author John Read has travelled the world consulting cat experts and collating the most recent science. In Among the Pigeons he balances the allure of indoor cats with the animal welfare, human health, and conservation issues they create when allowed to roam. But he also presents solutions, from breeding ideal indoor pet cats to development of humane and targeted tools to control feral cats.
In striking parallel to the repercussions of human-induced climate change, warnings about the damage wrought by free-ranging cats have been largely denied or overlooked. But we ignore these issues at our peril. For our own mental health and endangered wildlife worldwide, time is running out.
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].
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.