Carnivores of the World

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Carnivores are among the most spectacular creatures in the natural world, and also the most feared. Carnivores of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and predatory wild cats to the tiny least weasel. This user-friendly illustrated guide features 86 color plates by acclaimed wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett that depict every species and numerous subspecies, as well as about 400 line drawings of skulls and footprints. ...

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Overview

Carnivores are among the most spectacular creatures in the natural world, and also the most feared. Carnivores of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and predatory wild cats to the tiny least weasel. This user-friendly illustrated guide features 86 color plates by acclaimed wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett that depict every species and numerous subspecies, as well as about 400 line drawings of skulls and footprints. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, distribution and habitat, feeding ecology, behavior, social patterns, reproduction and demography, status, threats, lifespan, and mortality. Carnivores of the World includes an introduction that provides a concise overview of taxonomy, conservation, and the distinct families within the order Carnivora.

  • Covers all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores
  • Includes 86 color plates by acclaimed wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett
  • Features detailed species accounts and hundreds of line drawings
  • The first field guide of its kind
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Editorial Reviews

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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
Ebirdseed.com
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
g Laden's Science Blog

One of the coolest books I've ever seen.
American Reference Books Annual
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
Choice
Biologist Hunter has produced a beautifully illustrated, concise guide to all 245 terrestrial carnivores.
Afarensis blog
The book is packed with information about carnivores and is a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended!
— Timothy McDougald
American Biology Teacher
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
Conservation Biology
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.
Wildlife Activist
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
Small Carnivore Conservation
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
Greg Laden's Science Blog
One of the coolest books I've ever seen.
Discovery
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
Quarterly Review of Biological Books
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
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Scott Shalaway
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.
Ebirdseed.com - Alan Speakman
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.
American Reference Books Annual - Charles Leck
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.
Afarensis blog - Timothy McDougald
The book is packed with information about carnivores and is a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended!
American Biology Teacher - Richard Lord
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.
Wildlife Activist - Dan R. Kunkle
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.
Small Carnivore Conservation - Divya Mudappa
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.
Discovery - Christine Adkins
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.
Quarterly Review of Biological Books - Michael Hoffmann
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.
Biz India - Paiso Jamakar
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.
From the Publisher

"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

Library Journal
Hunter (president, Panthera; Cats of Africa) opens this field guide with an extended definition of mammalian carnivores and a diagram of the order's family tree, dating to the Paleocene era. The 245 entries detail common and Latin name, height, weight, physical description, geographical location and habitat, food preferences, and social behavior. 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. Skull and footprint diagrams, relegated to the back, would be better positioned beside associated entries. VERDICT Currently the most up-to-date subject guide available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691152271
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2011
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Luke Hunter is president of Panthera, the world's leading wild cat conservation organization. His books include "Cheetah and Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation".
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