Unlock the secrets behind the behavior of the world's most fascinating creatures? from the Adélie penguin to the plains zebra to the giant panda?in this wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book.
In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and the hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natural environments.
Divided geographically into five sections?Africa, Asia, North America, the oceans, and the poles?the book examines and describes the behavior, body language, and patterns of communication of 20 different animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, greater flamingo, Nile crocodile, giant panda, peacock, Komodo monitor, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, gray wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar bear, and Adélie penguin.
For each animal, Benyus describes and explains basic behaviors (locomotion, feeding, drinking, bathing, grooming, sleeping), communication behavior (greeting, social play, group defense, conflict, aggression/submission, fighting, courtship, copulation), and parenting behavior (birth, care and feeding, teaching, communal care).
The book is illustrated throughout with tender yet precise line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly capture everything from changing facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and aggressive interactions. The text, too, is both intimate and informative, allowing for a deep connection with, and a great admiration for, each one of the animals.
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About the Author
Juan Carlos Barberis was the staff artist/illustrator for the Museum of Natural History in New York for twenty years.
Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She earned her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California at San Diego, and has studied the cognition of humans, rhinoceros, bonobos, and dogs. For seventeen years she shared her home with an unwitting research subject, Pumpernickel, a wonderful mixed breed.
Table of Contents
There's No Place Like Home 13
What's New With Zoos? 17
How Animals Behave: A Primer 31
The World's Most Watchable Animals
African Jungles, Plains, and Waterways
African Elephant 141
Plains Zebra 165
Black Rhinoceros 185
Greater Flamingo 231
Nile Crocodile 247
Giant Panda 265
Komodo Monitor 299
Bottlenose Dolphin 315
California Sea Lion 335
Gray Wolf 353
Bald Eagle 375
Sandhill Crane 391
Beluga Whale 409
Polar Bear 423
Adélie Penguin 439
Zoo Critique 459
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So much information that I didn't realise that when animals live in their own habitat it is better for them, understandable now how so many zoos are changing the way animals live, plus how their habits , behaviour speaks volumes about their lifestyle, why gorillas chuckle, giraffes neck slap and pandas honk, you would never get this information if you didn't read this book. Its quite mind blowing and I found it most fascinating, together with some brilliant pictures. A geography book within a book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Not to bad just alot to read and kind of complicated