Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior

Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603763653
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 704,003
File size: 49 MB
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About the Author

Janine M. Benyus is the author of A Field Guide to Wildlife: Habitats of the Eastern United States and A Field Guide to Wildlife: Habitats of the Western United States as well as Northwoods Wildlife: A Watcher's Guide to Habitats. An educator at heart, she believes that the better people understand the genius of the natural world, the more likely they are to love and protect it.

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

Foreword 7

Acknowledgments 9

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

Gorilla 101

Lion 119

African Elephant 141

Plains Zebra 165

Black Rhinoceros 185

Giraffe 199

Ostrich 215

Greater Flamingo 231

Nile Crocodile 247

Asian Forests

Giant Panda 265

Peacock 283

Komodo Monitor 299

Warm Oceans

Bottlenose Dolphin 315

California Sea Lion 335

North America

Gray Wolf 353

Bald Eagle 375

Sandhill Crane 391

The Poles

Beluga Whale 409

Polar Bear 423

Adélie Penguin 439

Zoo Critique 459

Index 469

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The Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to bad just alot to read and kind of complicated