Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed

Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed

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by Charlotte Uhlenbroek, DK Publications Staff
     
 

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If you think that watching all the nature programs on television qualifies you as an expert on the subject, think again! Do you really know what makes animals tick? Here are the answers, portrayed in stunning, awe-inspiring action sequences and explained in fascinating, in-depth prose. Thematically arranged by behavior trait, Animal Life explores and explains…  See more details below

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If you think that watching all the nature programs on television qualifies you as an expert on the subject, think again! Do you really know what makes animals tick? Here are the answers, portrayed in stunning, awe-inspiring action sequences and explained in fascinating, in-depth prose. Thematically arranged by behavior trait, Animal Life explores and explains every aspect of animal behavior, including courtship rituals and sex lives, family relationships and defense mechanisms, hunting techniques and feeding habits. Side panels explore some of the field research on animal behavior and explain important conservation issues. The introductory chapters on the Animal Kingdom and on animal anatomy help explain how different animals have evolved and adapted to their environments, adaptations that may be relevant to particular behaviors. Destined to be the ultimate authority on animal behavior, this book also looks at key behavioral concepts such as how animals learn to behave and the role of instinct in the learning process.

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Editorial Reviews

J. D. Biersdorfer
DK's illustrated reference books are known for their heavy use of photographs and energetic layouts that pull the reader into a topic, and Animal Life is no exception. The book is crammed with gorgeous images of animals in action—as well as short blocks of text, informational graphics and charts to keep the eye and mind busy. In fact, there are so many elements peppering the pages that sensory overload could be a danger for some. But with the vast amount of information so nicely laid out, it's quite easy to fall down the rabbit hole and spend hours at a time with Animal Life, wishing all reference books were this engaging.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756672218
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
01/17/2011
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
262,317
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Ph.D. spent four years in the forests of Gombe, Tanzania, completing her doctorate in chimpanzee communication under the auspices of world-famous Jane Goodall. Uhlenbroek is an accomplished broadcaster, appearing in many prestigious documentaries produced by the BBC Wildlife Unit, including Talking with Animals (2002) on communications of creatures as diverse as cuttlefish and wolves, Jungle on the world's rain forests, and the 20-part series Safari School (2007). She has published two books to accompany these series, Talking with Animals and Jungle, both of which are now out of print.

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Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 11 reviews.
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MrEiB More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book from our local library as well as two other over-sized books (Reef and One Planet, both of which I would recommend). This book sat on a bookshelf for a couple of weeks and no one had so much as skimmed any of the pages. Well, the book was due to be returned so I packed it up with me in the morning to bring it to work and return it when I was on my way home. I decided to bring it into work with me to just see what was what. Well...I was floored. There's so much information, with topics like Senses and subtopics like Vision and Echolocation. Or topic Communication, with subtopics Touch, Vibration, and Electricity. In all there are 21 topics with over 60 subtopics. Over 500 beautiful picture-filled pages. We plan on homeschooling our 7-year-old and have decided to use this book as one of our teaching tools.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has beautiful, striking pictures. My daughter who is 5 years
old loves this book. And her parents who are much older than that love it too! This book is very versatile - great as reference but also
beautiful as a coffee table book.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning book - full of breathtaking photography, astonishing bits of information, and concise organization. The photography is what initially drew me to the book. The cover is a jaw-dropping close-up of a white fox staring straight at you. I can almost feel how soft his fur is! The detail in the close-up photos lets me see so many of these animals like I have never seen them before.
Once I started reading the text I found it just as fascinating as the photography. Did you know that a hummingbird flaps its wings in a figure eight motion? That the call of a blue whale is louder then a jet engine? Animal Life reveals the unique physical characteristics of hundreds of animals and insects, explaining their classification and grouping. It then goes into depth about animal behavior uncovering the answers to many long held questions about why animals do the things they do.
Animal Life is an obvious choice as a gift for any animal lover, but its also a great splurge for yourself!
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