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Cats and lions.Artist/Author: Iwago, Mitsuaki.
From renowned animal photographer Mitsuaki Iwago comes this visually arresting collection of photographs highlighting the similarities between our domestic cat companions with their wild cousins. Iwago masterfully captures these feline relatives in a variety of positions, situations and landscapes, revealing their uncanny parallels. Unexpected and captivating, this book makes a thoughtful gift for anyone with an eye for natural beauty and well-honed photography.
Otters: return to the river.Artist/Author: Campbell, Laurie and Anna Levin.
This book is a celebration of the return of the otter to Britain’s rivers and freshwater wetlands after a drastic decline in the last century. For more than two decades, award-winning photographer Laurie Campbell has documented these lithe, elusive predators on the River Tweed and its tributaries near his Berwickshire home. The resulting photographs create an intimate portrait of their lives through the changing seasons, including their riverside habitat and the other wildlife that shares it. Writer Anna Levin sets this work in the context of Laurie’s own life’s story as she accompanies him to the riverbank. Her notebooks offer a vivid glimpse of the photographer at work and of the otters that enchant them both. This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated throughout, divided into seasonal chapters and charts Laurie’s personal quest to capture these endearing creatures in their natural habitat. It also offers an insight into Laurie’s philosophy – to look closer to home, rather than further away to connect with our own natural environment.
RSPB spotlight: Otters.Artist/Author: Chester, Nicola.
This book by Nicola Chester is an accessible and lively account of an intriguing and much-loved animal that, surprisingly, is still endangered and rarely seen despite a recent resurgence that has seen it expand from the remote British countryside and into cities. Nicola’s charming, informed text brings this elusive and exciting mammal into sharper focus revealing what an otter is, and how they live, feed, play and breed. Nicola reflects on how otters exist in our imaginations culturally and how that has changed over the years. She also examines the many challenges otters have faced, exposing what brought them to the brink of extinction, and explores the challenges we face in trying to find and watch otters in the wild. Each Spotlight title is carefully designed to introduce readers to the lives and behaviour of Britain’s favourite birds and mammals.
Rabbit.Artist/Author: Dickenson, Victoria.
Reaktion Animal Series. A fascinating study of an animal that, after the dog and cat, has been granted a privileged place in our homes and our hearts. Rabbit is the story of the winsome long-eared animal that hops through children’s stories, myths and legends, and back yards. In this richly illustrated book, Victoria Dickenson explores the natural and cultural history of this most familiar creature. From the giant extinct rabbits of Minorca to the tiny endangered Volcano rabbits of Mexico, the book explores the history of the species, with a special focus on the European rabbit, whose history has been so closely intertwined with that of its greatest predator, humanity.
Visual celebration of Giant pandas.Artist/Author: Lai, Fanny and Bjorn Olesen.
This title is a magnificently illustrated celebration of one of the most iconic, beloved, and mysterious animals in the world. The result of five years of meticulous research and stunning photography this book is a delightful volume that follows in the footsteps of the shy and enigmatic giant panda, and captures both adults and cubs on camera in close-up situations. Beautifully photographed, in rarely seen settings, the authors explain what makes the panda such a lovable icon, and why the public cannot have enough of this symbol of quiet hope for survival in a fast-changing planet. It also provides readers with fascinating and detailed information about Giant pandas and the other species that share its habitat, such as the red panda and snow leopard. The issue of ‘pandaplomacy’ is also addressed, with the arrival of pandas in Singapore in 2012 and their likely arrival in Malaysia in 2013. Finally the book assesses the chances of survival for the Giant panda, and the efforts being made to preserve its habitat.
Killing for profit: exposing the illegal rhino horn trade.Artist/Author: Rademeyer, Julian
A horrific true story of greed, corruption, depravity and ruthless criminal enterprise. Rademeyer takes the reader on his two-year-long investigation into a dangerous criminal underworld and the merciless syndicates that will stop at nothing to obtain their prize. It is a tale of greed, folly and corruption, and of an increasingly desperate battle to save the rhino – which has survived for more than fifty million years – from extinction. Killing for Profit is a compelling, meticulous and revelatory account of one of the world’s most secretive trades. It exposes the poachers, gangsters, con men, mercenaries, killers, gunrunners, diplomats, government officials and crime bosses behind the slaughter. And it follows the bloody trail from the front lines of the rhino wars in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to the medicine markets of Vietnam and the lair of a wildlife-trafficking kingpin on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos.
Panda: back from the brink.Artist/Author: Mengqi, Zhou.
The Giant panda is unique – and not just uniquely charming: it has no close relatives in the animal world. The iconic, instantly recognisable creature has symbolised wildlife conservation since it was adopted as a mascot. Yet despite having avoided extinction, a fate to which the species came perilously close, the population today is estimated at no more than 2000. This spectacular volume brings together the expertise of leading conservationists with an extraordinary collection of photographs from both the world-renowned Wolong research centre and the wilderness of Sichuan’s magnificent Qionglai mountain range, the panda’s natural habitat.
Red panda: biology and conservation of the first panda.Artist/Author: Glatston, Angela R.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Provides a broad-based overview of the biology of the red panda, Ailurus fulgens. A carnivore that feeds almost entirely on vegetable material and is colored chestnut red, chocolate brown and cream rather than the expected black and white. This book gathers all the information that is available on the red panda both from the field and captivity as well as from cultural aspects, and attempts to answer that most fundamental of questions, ‘What is a red panda?’ Scientists have long focused on the red panda’s controversial taxonomy. Is it in fact an Old World procyonid, a very strange bear or simply a panda? All of these hypotheses are addressed in an attempt to classify a unique species and provide an in-depth look at the scientific and conservation-based issues urgently facing the red panda today. “Red Panda” not only presents an overview of the current state of our knowledge about this intriguing species but it is also intended to bring the red panda out of obscurity and into the spotlight of public attention.
Wide-ranging account of the red panda (Ailurus fulgens) covers all the information that is available on this species both in and ex situ. It discusses the status of the species in the wild, examines how human activities impact on their habitat, and develops projections to translate this in terms of overall panda numbers. It reports on status in the wild, looks at conservation issues and considers the future of this unique species. It includes contributions from long-standing red panda experts as well as those specializing in fields involving cutting-edge red panda research.
Platypus: the extraordinary story of how a curious creature baffled the world.Artist/Author: Moyal, Ann.
This is the enigmatic story of a biological riddle that confounded scientists for nearly ninety years, challenging theories of creationism, evolution and the classification of species along the way. Also available in hardcover [stock id 15518].
Hare.Artist/Author: Carnell, Simon.
Reaktion Animal Series. Finds its subject in many surprising places and forms, in positions of both unusual prominence and arcane marginality: from Crucifixion scenes, Buddhist lore and Algonquin creation myths, to witch trials, treatises on logic, contemporary poetry and an art installation in a Dutch brothel. It is the principal subject of the first ever hunting treatise, ‘king of all venery’ for Renaissance theorists of the hunt; and it appears in the first known description of a still life painting, in the first signed and dated picture of a single animal, and in early medicine where it was credited with having the most curative properties of any ‘beaste’. The first monograph on the subject for thirty-five years, and richly illustrated, this book combines the most recent natural history with an eclectic account of the animal’s symbolic values. Packed with detail but accessibly written, the book will be of interest to art historians and literary critics; to those for and opposed to hunting; to anyone intrigued by the history of human/animal relationships; and, to both the general and the lagophile reader alike. Other titles in this animal series are available.
Rhinoceros.Artist/Author: Enright, Kelly.
Reaktion Animal Series. This book makes use of wide-ranging sources from film and literature, to natural history description and exhibition, and asks whether the savagery of the rhino is a reality or a legacy of its mythic past. This book is aimed at interested readers and enthusiasts who want to learn about the culture, history and nature of this animal, as well as specialists, from art historians to conservation biologists, in the field. Other titles in this animal series are available.
Cow.Artist/Author: Velten, Hannah.
Reaktion Animal Series. Part of an unusual series that looks at the subject animal and its place in human history. Early civilisations regarded cows, bulls, and oxen animals as their wealth, and respected them in religious and secular life. In modern civilisations, we have lost this intimate relationship. This book aims to make people think about these animals that are producing their beef, milk and leather, and to see them as mythical and awe-inspiring. Other titles in this animal series are available.