Wild Cats of the World

Wild Cats of the World

by David Alderton
     
 

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Lithe and graceful, mysterious and independent, cats have been both worshipped and feared by humans. Here they all are, from large, ferocious lions and tigers to the smaller but still fierce bobcats and servals. Dozens of full-color, close-up pictures reveal a variety of moods as well as the details of wildcat physiology. A panther opens its mouth wide, showing its…  See more details below

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Lithe and graceful, mysterious and independent, cats have been both worshipped and feared by humans. Here they all are, from large, ferocious lions and tigers to the smaller but still fierce bobcats and servals. Dozens of full-color, close-up pictures reveal a variety of moods as well as the details of wildcat physiology. A panther opens its mouth wide, showing its long, sharp incisors. The pupils of a fishing cat become round and wide in response to light. A serval shuts its eyes for a nap—but its sensitive ears remain alert in case of danger. And take a good look at a Geoffroy's cat's whiskers, which play an important sensory role. You'll see every stripe on the tiger and spot on the cheetah. A wealth of facts tell about hunting techniques, methods of communication, reproduction, the care and development of the cubs, evolution and distribution, and what efforts are being made to save these beautiful animals from extinction. 192 pages (102 in color), 53 b/w illus., 6 X 9 1/4.

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School Library Journal
YA-A broad, comprehensive overview of the world's wild felines. The first half of the book covers the animals' anatomy, way of life, and interaction with humans. The second half is a species-by-species look at the specific cats. A map and a description indicates where they can be found. The author's ecological concerns are evident throughout. The full-color photographs are detailed and intriguing and amount to perhaps a third of the book. Appendixes list conservationist groups and the taxonomy of the species and subspecies. The pages are almost of plate quality. A compact volume that contains a wealth of information for reports.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Booknews
This text traces the evolution, distribution, and current status of cats from Africa to the Americas. Each species is discussed in detail, and information on distinctive features such as sight, hearing, hunting techniques, and locomotion is provided. Includes distribution maps and 100 color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816052172
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Of the World Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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