Smithsonian Answer Book: Cats

Smithsonian Answer Book: Cats

by John Seidensticker, Susan Lumpkin
     
 

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This purrfectly charming and informative guide to the often mystifying world of cats answers many of the thousands of questions-some common, some strange, but all fascinating-that visitors ask Smithsonian scientists. Why do they purr? Do cats dream? Are all cats afraid of water? Why don't they need fruits and vegetables? Here are answers to questions about all of the

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This purrfectly charming and informative guide to the often mystifying world of cats answers many of the thousands of questions-some common, some strange, but all fascinating-that visitors ask Smithsonian scientists. Why do they purr? Do cats dream? Are all cats afraid of water? Why don't they need fruits and vegetables? Here are answers to questions about all of the world's cats, from majestic lions and tigers to graceful leopards and jaguars to the laziest domestic tabby. More than 100 breathtaking photographs by acclaimed photographer Art Wolfe illustrate intriguing cat facts, detailed information on cat evolution and diversity, and ruminations on the relationship of cats with people.

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Seidensticker and Lumpkin, editors of Great Cats and Cats and Wild Cats, have compiled a fascinating, authoritative mix of information about felines, both wild and domestic. They cover cat biology, evolution, ecology, social life, diversity, and relationships with humans in an easy-to-read Q&A format (e.g., Why are wild cat numbers declining? When and where were cats domesticated?); answers range in length from a paragraph to several pages. While understandable to lay readers, the text also offers many examples and cites scientific studies for those who would like additional details. The book will prove useful to those who want to read the entire work and those who want to browse individual entries. Color photographs by Art Wolfe enhance the text. Recommended for public, high school, and college libraries.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588341259
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
10/06/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 10.22(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN SEIDENSTICKER, a Smithsonian scientist who has studied cats for more than 30 years, is recognized as the world's leading authority on cats. SUSAN LUMPKIN is director of communications and editor of ZooGoer magazine at Friends of the National Zoo. Together they wrote The Smithsonian Book of Giant Pandas, Cats and Wild Cats, and several children's books. They live in Washington, DC. ART WOLFE is renowned worldwide for the mastery of color, composition, and perspective that his photographs display. Among his published books are The Living Wild, The High Himalaya, and Africa. He has received many awards, including the Audubon Society's Rachel Carson Award, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award, and Photographer of the Year by Photo Media magazine.

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