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 animalgrief Animal Grief: How Animals Mourn by David Alderton
Hubble & Hattie, 2009
The author discusses animal grief and focuses in on the latest scientific evidence without being pedantic. The stunning color photographs accompanying the text make this an easy read with a wealth of information.
animal watching Animalwatching by Desmond Morris
Crown Publishers, 1990
Morris covers the entire animal kingdom in pictures and words. We meet koala bears and dolphins, peacocks and wildcats, as well as hermit crabs and anteaters. Morris explores the endlessly varied and ingenious strategies animals have devised to get along with each other and their world.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Photography
brining_nature_home Bringing Nature Home: How You can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy
Timber Press, 2007
The author presents a powerful and compelling illustration of how the choices we make as gardeners can profoundly impact the diversity of life in our yards, town, and planet. With nothing less than the future of North American biodiversity at stake, Tallamy imparts an encouraging message: it’s not too late to save the ecosystem balance of insects and animals, and the solution is as easy as replacing alien plants with natives.
chasing_doctor_dolittle Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals
by Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D.
St. Martin’s Press, 2012
The author mixes scientific research with personal experiences about animals communicating with each other. Prairie dogs, for example, have different types of alarm calls for different predators depending on whether the predator is coming by land or from the sky. Squid flash signals at rivals or mates. Lizards, bats, bees, monkeys, and a variety of birds, among other species, are all talking to members of their own community. Their communications are often about food, predators, and petty disagreements.
ravens City of Ravens: London, the Tower and its Famous Birds by Boria Sax
Duckworth Overlook, 2011
The author traces the history of the ravens in the Tower of London from the time of Bran, a Celtic deity, to the current day. Myths and folklore surround the ravens of the Tower and the author explores them all.
entertaining_elephants Entertaining Elephants: Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus by Susan Nance
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013
While the author uses research to present a portrait of elephants in circuses from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s, the reader will not be overwhelmed with scientific jargon. This in depth and annotated portrait of life in the circus for both humans and elephants leaves the reader with a complete and often painful account of the lives of circus elephants, many of whom lived lives of desperation, both physically and psychically.
Nonfiction, Wild Animals
exultant_ark Exultant Ark, The: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure
by Jonathan Balcombe
University of California Press, 2011
The author celebrates the full range of animal life covering such topics as play, touch, love, and companionship. Accompanying his text are brilliant photographs of animals enjoying the pleasures of life. From fish to birds, turtles to cows, from African elephants to zebra sharks, the reader will find a fascinating world to which few of us ever have entry.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Photography
facts_about_furs Facts about Fur by Greta Nilsson and Others
Animal Welfare Institute, 1980
Although the statistics are dated, the content of Facts about Fur remains the same. The author cites the historical foundation for hunting and trapping for fur.
going_wild Going Wild: Hunting, Animal Rights, and the Contested Meaning of Nature by Jan E. Dizard
University of Massachusetts Press, 1999
The author uses a controversy surrounding a deer hunt at a reservoir in Massachusetts to present the pros and cons of managing wildlife, wilderness, and nature itself.
hope_for_animals Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink by Jane Goodall and Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson
Grand Central Publishing, 2011
There is hope for some species on the brink of extinction, and the authors want the public to meet the people who are working to save and protect numerous species around the world. The individual stories present an uplifting and positive message about the relationships between humans and our animal neighbors.
intimate_ape Intimate Ape, The: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species by Shawn Thompson
Citadel Press, 2010
Thompson describes the emotional and intellectual lives of orangutans and recognizes the people who have committed their lives to understand, protect, and ultimately rescue the orangutan. Thompson, a journalist, traveled through the rain forests of Sumatra and the jungle river valleys of Borneo, visiting nature preserves and observing conservation programs.
killing_tradition Killing Tradition: Inside Hunting and Animal Rights Controversies
by Simon J. Bronner
The University Press of Kentucky, 2008
The author addresses the issues of whether hunting is a justifiable tradition or a reason for people to go out and kill animals. Through research, including field work, the author investigates three specific venues of hunting: deer camp, pigeon shoots, and fox hunts. He presents a balanced approach to the needs of hunters to continue their activities and animal rights advocates who want to see most hunting banned.
mad_about_wildlife Mad about Wildlife: Looking at social conflict over wildlife
edited by Ann Herda-Rapp and Theresa L. Goedeke
Brill 2005
This collected volume documents the presence and types of discussions that emerge during conflicts between people and wildlife. The collection of case studies demonstrates how social groups create opposing symbolic meanings of nature and highlights the way these conflicts of meanings affect wildlife, people, and management professionals.
mankind Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife by Cleveland Amory
Harper & Row, 1974
Amory, a giant in the field of animal rights, wrote a timeless piece on humanity’s treatment of wild animals. This historical view of hunting brings the reader in touch with the reasons humans hunt—for fun, money, and revenge. Through humor, sometimes biting, Amory takes on all who believe hunting is a natural right.
never_cry_wolf Never Cry Wolf: The Incredible True Story of Life among Arctic Wolves by Farley Mowat
Back Bay Books, 2001
This is the account of a naturalist sent into the Arctic tundra to investigate the behavior of wolves. What he finds is not a den of marauding killers as thought by those who sent him (the Canadian Wildlife Service) but a courageous family of skilful providers and devoted protectors of their young.
where_the_wild_things_were Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William Stolzenburg
Bloomsbury, 2008
Stolzenburg tells the story of scientists who track the vanishing great predators and what is happening as a consequence of their disappearance. For example, the eradication of wolves has resulted in a glut of elk who trample river banks and chew down young trees. White-tailed deer have denuded the undergrowth in the forests because wolves and cougars have disappeared. The list goes on.
wild_neighbors Wild Neighbors: The Humane Approach to Living with Wildlife
by John Hadidian, ed.
Fulcrum Press, 1997
This book provides practical, humane, and effective advice on how to live in harmony with wildlife in our yards and communities. The book focuses on how to properly and accurately define a wildlife problem, determine what type of animal is causing it, identify the damage, effectively take action for a humane and permanent solution, and proactively avoid future conflicts.


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