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

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

by Janine M. Benyus

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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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