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The black rhinos of Namibia: searching for survivors in the African desert.Artist/Author: Bass, Rick.
WAS $32. Follow Bass on his far-flung adventure in southwest Africa on the trail of a fascinating and vulnerable species. Driven to the brink of extinction by poaching and war, human intervention and cutting-edge conservation has saved the black rhinos, for now. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and saviour.
Orangutans: wizards of the rainforest.Artist/Author: Russon, Anne E.
WAS $50. Praise for the previous edition: “”A fascinating firsthand account of the behavior and intelligence of orangutans, Russon’s book is also an account of the successes, failures, and politics of orangutan rehabilitation in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra… The book is lavishly illustrated with full color photographs.”” – Choice
The only great apes found in Asia, these arboreal wizards are by nature elusive and solitary, and inhabit nearly inaccessible tropical rainforests. The tragedy is that orangutans are almost extinct, surviving in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra where human influx is rapidly appropriating their habitat.
Based on fifteen years of research, this extraordinary and definitive book focuses on orangutan intelligence and behavior.
This book includes: A scientific history of orangutans Detailed descriptions of orangutans and their natural habitat Astonishing behavior patterns Rehabilitation operations at Camp Leakey and Wanariset The complex politics of orangutan rescue work Results of orangutans released back into the forest Updated resources What the future holds for these primates.
With one hundred color photographs taken by the author during her visits to the rainforests, Orangutans is an absorbing and instructive look at the unusual world of orangutans.
The extinction club: a tale of deer, lost books, and a rather fine canary yellow sweater.Artist/Author: Twigger, Robert
WAS $25. For one thousand years, the Milu – an exotic species of deer with the neck of a camel, horns of a stag, feet of a cow, and tail of a donkey – existed only in the Chinese emperor’ s private park in Beijing. But in the nineteenth century, a Basque missionary risked his life to obtain a specimen, then embalmed it and sent it to Paris. The preserved remains caused quite a stir, and soon every major nation in Europe possessed a Milu. But most died quickly, and due to war – most notably the Boxer Rebellion – they became extinct in their native habitat as well. Yet the eleventh duke of Bedford was devoted to preserving the Milu. Under his care at Woburn Abbey, a herd flourished, and nearly a century later, in 1986, part of the British herd was returned to China.
In his fascinating tale, Robert Twigger poignantly recounts the story of this strange and rare animal while providing a riveting meditation on evolution, truth-telling, extinction, myth-making, and survival.
The lady and the Panda: the true adventures of the first American explorer to bring back China’s most exotic animal.Artist/Author: Croke, Vicki Constantine.
WAS $50. The true story of Ruth Harkness, a bohemian socialite and dress designer who in 1936 took over her dead husband’s expedition into Tibet to capture the first live Giant panda.
Thinkers of the jungle: the Orangutan report.Artist/Author: Schuster, Gerd et al.
An exceptional insight into the way of life of a unique and very special endangered species based on the latest research on the subject. We all recognise these highly intelligent and impressive animals – Orangutans. But very few people know anything about how they live and their habits. Around 6,000 of these animals die every year; they are among the world’s most endangered species despite sharing 97% of its genes with humans! This book reveals the plain truth, and the tragedy of what is happening in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra becomes apparent to all. The breathtaking and moving photographs cannot fail to trigger a strong emotional reaction on the part of the reader.
Marine mammals of the North Atlantic.Artist/Author: Kinze, Carl Christian.
WAS $82.50. Despite strong public interest in marine mammals and the incredible popularity of whale watching, particularly in the North Atlantic, many marine mammal populations remain little known. This fully illustrated book is a comprehensive and attractive guide to the marine mammals of the North Atlantic – and the only guide to cover all fifty-one species found there. It offers whale watchers and other marine mammal enthusiasts the means to identify the region’s seals, manatees, walrus, and polar bear in addition to its forty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Distribution maps for each species complement the 250 striking color illustrations. The straightforward text emphasizes diagnostic features but also covers the behavior, reproduction, feeding, habitat, and migration of these intrinsically fascinating animals. In the process, the book sorts out marine mammal taxonomy, answering such questions as how dolphins and porpoises differ and whether killer whales are really dolphins or whales. As a guide, this book will be invaluable to boaters, divers, shore dwellers, and all who venture into or on North Atlantic water., It will also interest aquarium visitors and anyone who has ever wanted to see a pod of whales, school of dolphins, or society of porpoises in action. It illustrates and depicts the diagnostic features of all 51 marine mammal species occurring in the North Atlantic. It gives full coverage to not only whales, dolphins, and porpoises but also seals, manatees, the walrus, and the polar bear. It features 250 color illustrations contains distribution maps for each species and provides information on behavior, reproduction, and feeding for each species describes the North Atlantic as a habitat for marine mammals features concise text written by a top expert.
A guide to the carnivores of central America: natural history, ecology and conservation.Artist/Author: de la Rosa, Carlos L. and Claudia C. Nocke.
One of the first field guides dedicated to the carnivores of Central America. It describes the four families and the individual species that occur in the region. Hardcover out of print.
This book is one of the first field guides dedicated to the carnivores of Central America. It describes the four indigenous families-wild cats, raccoons and their relatives, skunks and their relatives, and wild canids-and their individual species that live in the region. The authors introduce each species by recounting a first-person encounter with it, followed by concise explanations of its taxonomy, scientific name, English and Spanish common names, habitat, natural history, and conservation status. Range maps show the animal’s past and current distribution, while Claudia Nocke’s black-and-white drawings portray it visually.
A key and field guide to the possums, gliders and Koala.Artist/Author: Smith, Andrew and John Winter.
The photographs originally appeared in “Possums and gliders” by Smith and Hume. This field key uses characteristics that will enable the user to identify the larger (greater than 100 gm) species of Australian phalangeroids at a distance, but smaller species may have to be examined in the hand.
Mammals of the South-West Pacific and Moluccan Islands.Artist/Author: Flannery, Tim.
WAS $85. This book covers 230 indigenous species of mammals, which have been located on over 250 islands. There are species accounts, focusing on living native species, with introduced and prehistorically extinct species dealt with separately.