What Makes the Lion Yawn?: A Zoogoer's Guide to Animal Behavior

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Beastly Behaviors is a book for animal lovers everywhere - a lively, illustrated armchair "field guide" to the behavior and body language of the world's most watchable zoo animals, arranged just the way exhibits are set up at the zoo: Animals of the African jungles, plains, and waterways; Asian forests; the warm oceans; North America; the Poles. In the friendly tone of a knowledgeable zookeeper, Janine Benyus answers questions about specific animals (like "Why does the gorilla beat its chest?") as well as ...
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Overview

Beastly Behaviors is a book for animal lovers everywhere - a lively, illustrated armchair "field guide" to the behavior and body language of the world's most watchable zoo animals, arranged just the way exhibits are set up at the zoo: Animals of the African jungles, plains, and waterways; Asian forests; the warm oceans; North America; the Poles. In the friendly tone of a knowledgeable zookeeper, Janine Benyus answers questions about specific animals (like "Why does the gorilla beat its chest?") as well as questions that could apply to many animals (like "How does each mother know her own young?"). Drawing from the extensive research of animal behaviorists, she tells why and how these watchable critters scratch, rub, preen, bathe, stretch and yawn, eat and play, confront each other and court their mates, give birth to young and keep them fed - behaviors that are observable at your local zoo. Beastly Behaviors can be used in any zoo or wild animal park, on safari, on camping trips, on hikes, or even at home while watching wildlife shows on TV. But most of all, it's for browsing before and after - or instead of - a visit to the zoo. Above all, Beastly Behaviors is engaging; like Kipling's The Elephant's Child it is for all those who want to know where the elephant got its trunk, but require a more reliable answer than a "Just-So" story. A book for all ages.
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For animal lovers of all ages, Benyus draws from the research of animal behaviorists to answer questions about specific animals as well as questions that apply to many animals, in this engaging "field guide" to the behavior and body language of the most popular zoo animals. The excellent b&w drawings are by Juan Carlas Barberis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Jon Kartman
It's sad that someone has finally published a field guide to animals at the zoo (that's what this is). It indicates that what's bad enough already--that many of the featured creatures are endangered, if not on the edge of extinction--is getting close to terminal. Still, all the animals whose actions are chronicled can usually be found at the local zoo, and for those who know little about their behavior, Benyus delves into what it means when a gorilla puckers its lips, how giraffes drink water, and which animals eat the feces of their young. She also punctures some of the more well entrenched myths about animals, such as that gorillas are like King Kong in that they spend their spare time climbing tall buildings with lovely ladies in their grasp (in fact, gorillas are gentle and shy creatures). But inevitably, her field guide's existence alerts us to how far planet Earth has deteriorated when we can no longer observe zebras in the wild in vast numbers and must rely on zoos to keep them and other species from disappearing altogether.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780201570083
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Pages: 400

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