Carnivores of the World Hardcover – Nov 6 2011
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"I was consistently impressed with the style, editing, content, quality and up-to-dateness of the book. It is a world first and a truly impressive, comprehensive and highly attractive volume. Everybody interested in carnivorans will want to obtain a copy and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Outstanding."--Darren Naish, Tetrapod Zoology blog at Scientific American
"Carnivores of the World is a comprehensive field guide to all 245 species of terrestrial carnivores--everything from tiny least weasels to gigantic polar bears. Though few will use this book as an actual field guide, it is packed with the natural history of each species. You'll learn of carnivores you've never heard of (servals, caracals and genets) as well as those that are more familiar (lions, tigers and bears). And each species account is filled with details including information on diet, behavior and reproduction."--Scott Shalaway, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"The thing that makes this book a 'must' is . . . its two-page/subject organization. Choose your carnivore and then turn to that page--the data is on your left and the image is on the right. It's just that simple. So, who would want a book like this? Well, certainly sportsman. . . . Kids would love it too. (What youngster wouldn't get a kick out of looking up the Palawan Stink Badger or studying a Grizzly skull?) It would make for an ideal field guide for birders, lepidopterists, guides, campers, backyard birders ('What on earth was that thing?') fresh water fishermen, farmers."--Alan Speakman, Ebirdseed.com
"One of the coolest books I've ever seen."--Greg Laden's Science Blog
"A huge undertaking designed to present the current state of knowledge about each of these species, including some exceedingly rare ones."--Library Journal
"Spectacular full-color illustrations by Barrett (Mammals of Europe), sometimes showing customary behaviors or including depictions of cubs, accompany each entry and beautifully clarify textual descriptions. . . . Currently the most up-to-date subject guide available."--Library Journal
"This title could easily be used as a standalone reference for specialists and academics in the fields of biology and conservation. General audiences and students will also enjoy it for its beautiful illustrations and accessible species accounts."--Charles Leck, American Reference Books Annual
"Biologist Hunter has produced a beautifully illustrated, concise guide to all 245 terrestrial carnivores."--Choice
"The book is packed with information about carnivores and is a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended!"--Timothy McDougald, Afarensis blog
"Whether its user is a scientist doing field research, a traveler studying wildlife in various lands, a biology teacher preparing a lesson, a student doing a project, or just a person interested in carnivores, this book is an outstanding resource. Going well beyond what most would expect in a field guide, it has a depth of information that one might expect to find only after examining numerous sources. Having it all in one concise, one-stop volume gives it a broad appeal."--Richard Lord, American Biology Teacher
"Most people know what a cheetah, wild dog, or puma looks like, but what about a Malay weasel, lesser grison, cacomistle, or Owston's civet? Look here for carefully drawn plates, drawings of skulls and tracks, and succinct, helpful species accounts."--Conservation Biology
"This is a book that belongs on the shelves of scientists, students, and naturalists as well as being something anyone interested in nature would enjoy paging through to learn about these highly adapted creatures."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist
"This book would make an essential reference book in all college and university libraries as well as a great book to be owned by individuals and used."--Divya Mudappa, Small Carnivore Conservation
"The promotional material claims this is the first field guide of its kind, and I can think of nothing else that comes close. All in all, a great buy for all levels of reader, and an inspiring starting point for young naturalists."--Christine Adkins, Discovery
"Some conservationists have been promoting 'mammal watching' as a means to help stimulate ecotourism in much the same way that birding has. Hunter's splendid Carnivores of the World just might help spark interest in 'twitching' this most charismatic group of species."--Michael Hoffmann, Quarterly Review of Biological Books
"This is truly an authoritative, well-researched and richly-illustrated book on the world's carnivores, and we commend the author Luke Hunter and the illustrator Priscilla Barrett for their work in compiling the material and presenting it so well in this outstanding book."--Paiso Jamakar, Biz India
From the Back Cover
"I don't know of a concise global summary of carnivores like this. The illustrations cover a wide range of forms from all over the world, including many that are rarely photographed or preserved in museums."--Roland W. Kays, coauthor of Mammals of North America
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This book will appeal to a variety of readers.
Overall I found this book just delightful. A must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty and diversity of little-known terrestrial mammals!
I sincerely hope that there are more books like this one in the works covering the other groups of mammals!
All in all a great acquisition and one of my favorite wildlife books in my collection.
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