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Humans have always relied heavily on animals. We have worshipped them, befriended them, sacrificed them, domesticated them, eaten them, hunted them, drawn them, and written about them. We have come to appreciate them, especially in their natural habitats, as an essential part of our world. They are creatures that deserve our respect and reward our curiosity. As intrinsic as they are to the ecological balance of our world, animals are under threat from their human admirers, and in dire need of our help. Habitat ...
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Humans have always relied heavily on animals. We have worshipped them, befriended them, sacrificed them, domesticated them, eaten them, hunted them, drawn them, and written about them. We have come to appreciate them, especially in their natural habitats, as an essential part of our world. They are creatures that deserve our respect and reward our curiosity. As intrinsic as they are to the ecological balance of our world, animals are under threat from their human admirers, and in dire need of our help. Habitat destruction spells disaster for many species, leaving them teetering on the brink of extinction. Only through a greater understanding of the fragile balance that exists between species and their habitats will it become possible for us to ensure the survival of our precious wildlife heritage. This comprehensive encyclopedia presents a wide-ranging survey of four major groups of living things: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The text is written by a team of international experts in the zoological sciences. It is carefully constructed to be read and appreciated by everyone with an interest in natural history. Complemented by superb full-color photographs by the world's leading wildlife photographers, and specially commissioned illustrations, maps, and diagrams, this stunning volume gives an up-to-date overview of nature's most enthralling creatures. A team of internationally renowned authorities has provided the text for this publication. The photographs have been provided by some of the world's leading wildlife photographers. The original illustrations are by specialist wildlife artist Dr David Kirshner.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781876778729
  • Publisher: Owen, Weldon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 12
Part 1 Mammals
The World of Mammals
Introducing Mammals 16
Classifying Mammals 21
Mammals Through the Ages 24
Habitats and Adaptation 30
Mammal Behavior 35
Endangered Species 40
Kinds of Mammals
Monotremes 48
Marsupials 52
Edentates 66
Insectivores 74
Tree Shrews 86
Flying Lemurs 88
Bats 90
Primates 108
Carnivores 134
Whales and Dolphins 156
Sea Cows 164
Elephants 167
Odd-Toed Ungulates 174
Hyraxes 188
Aardvark 190
Even-Toed Ungulates 192
Pangolins 212
Rodents 214
Lagomorphs 229
Elephant Shrews 232
Part 2 Birds
The World of Birds
Introducing Birds 236
Classifying Birds 241
Birds Through the Ages 245
Habitats and Adaptations 249
Bird Behavior 254
Endangered Species 259
Kinds of Birds
Ratites and Tinamous 266
Albatrosses and Petrels 270
Penguins 275
Divers and Grebes 278
Pelicans and Their Allies 281
Herons and Their Allies 287
Raptors 294
Waterfowl and Screamers 301
Gamebirds 308
Cranes and Their Allies 315
Waders and Shorebirds 322
Pigeons and Sandgrouse 334
Parrots 338
Turacos and Cuckoos 345
Owls, Frogmouths, and Nightjars 348
Swifts and Hummingbirds 354
Mousebirds and Trogons 358
Kingfishers and Their Allies 360
Woodpeckers and Barbets 372
Broadbills and Pittas 378
Ovenbirds and Their Allies 382
Tyrant Flycatchers and Their Allies 386
Lyrebirds and Scrub-Birds 389
Larks and Wagtails 391
Swallows 394
Cuckooshrikes 396
Bulbuls and Leafbirds 397
Shrikes and Vangas 400
Waxwings and Their Allies 402
Mockingbirds and Accentors 403
Dippers and Thrushes 405
Babblers and Wrens 408
Warblers and Flycatchers 412
Fairy Wrens and Their Allies 416
Logrunnersand Their Allies 418
Monarchs and Their Allies 419
Tits 422
Nuthatches and Treecreepers 424
Honeyeaters and Their Allies 425
Vireos 429
Buntings and Tanagers 430
Wood Warblers and Icterids 434
Finches 436
Starlings and Their Allies 443
New Zealand Wattlebirds 445
Magpie-Larks and Their Allies 446
Bowerbirds and Birds of Paradise 448
Crows and Jays 452
Part 3 Reptiles & Amphibians
The World of Reptiles & Amphibians
Introducing Reptiles and Amphibians 456
Classifying Reptiles and Amphibians 461
Reptiles and Amphibians Through the Ages 466
Habitats and Adaptations 472
Reptile and Amphibian Behavior 478
Endangered Species 484
Kinds of Amphibians
Caecilians 492
Salamanders and Newts 500
Frogs and Toads 516
Kinds of Reptiles
Turtles and Tortoises 546
Lizards 564
Snakes 612
Amphisbaenians 650
Tuatara 656
Crocodiles and Alligators 662
Index 672
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