Carnivores of the World


Author: Luke Hunter,Priscilla Barrett
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780691152271
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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"Panthera: leaders in wild cat conservation."

Walker's Carnivores of the World


Author: Ronald M. Nowak
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801880322
Category: Science
Page: 313
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Although they are highly intelligent, ruthless predators, carnivores are increasingly rare. From the dwarf mongoose to the polar bear, carnivores are at once respected and misunderstood, invoking both fear and curiosity in the humans with whom they share their world. Ronald M. Nowak celebrates these fascinating mammals in Walker's Carnivores of the World. This comprehensive guide, featuring 225 illustrations, covers the world's eight terrestrial families of carnivores. Each generic account comprises scientific and common names, number and distribution of species, physical attributes, measurements, hunting and social activity, reproduction, habitat, population dynamics, longevity, and status of threatened species. A thought-provoking overview by David W. Macdonald and Roland W. Kays is packed with results of the latest field and laboratory research on topics ranging from evolutionary history to the adaptive value of fur patterns. Emphasizing the interplay of social life, morphology, and predatory behavior, it provides an up-to-date panorama of the world's carnivores.

Wild Cats of the World


Author: Luke Hunter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472912209
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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Ranging from largest – the Tiger, to the smallest – Rusty-spotted Cat, the world's wild cats are some of the most beautiful, ferocious and feared carnivores in the world. Wild Cats of the World provides a detailed account of each species of wild cat, examining their importance throughout history and the future of some of the most endangered breeds. Using magnificent colour plates by top wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett to depict each cat in detail Wild Cats of the World examines the characteristics of all 38 species as well as their history and current status. Luke Hunter's informative text combines with Barrett's beautiful drawings to create a must-have ebook for any cat enthusiast.

Carnivores of Australia

Past, Present and Future
Author: Alistair Glen,Christopher Dickman
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
ISBN: 0643103171
Category: Nature
Page: 448
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The Australian continent provides a unique perspective on the evolution and ecology of carnivorous animals. In earlier ages, Australia provided the arena for a spectacular radiation of marsupial and reptilian predators. The causes of their extinctions are still the subject of debate. Since European settlement, Australia has seen the extinction of one large marsupial predator (the thylacine), another (the Tasmanian devil) is in danger of imminent extinction, and still others have suffered dramatic declines. By contrast, two recently-introduced predators, the fox and cat, have been spectacularly successful, with devastating impacts on the Australian fauna. Carnivores of Australia: Past, Present and Future explores Australia's unique predator communities from pre-historic, historic and current perspectives. It covers mammalian, reptilian and avian carnivores, both native and introduced to Australia. It also examines the debate surrounding how best to manage predators to protect livestock and native biodiversity. Readers will benefit from the most up-to-date synthesis by leading researchers and managers in the field of carnivore biology. By emphasising Australian carnivores as exemplars of flesh-eaters in other parts of the world, this book will be an important reference for researchers, wildlife managers and students worldwide.

Predators with Pouches

The Biology of Carnivorous Marsupials
Author: Menna Jones,Mike Archer,Chris Dickman
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
ISBN: 0643099484
Category: Science
Page: 504
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Predators with Pouches provides a unique synthesis of current knowledge of the world’s carnivorous marsupials—from Patagonia to New Guinea and North America to Tasmania. Written by 63 experts in each field, the book covers a comprehensive range of disciplines including evolution and systematics, reproductive biology, physiology, ecology, behaviour and conservation. Predators with Pouches reveals the relationships between the American didelphids and the Australian dasyurids, and explores the role of the marsupial fauna in the mammal community. It introduces the geologically oldest marsupials, from the Americas, and examines the fall from former diversity of the larger marsupial carnivores and their convergent evolution with placental forms. The book covers all aspects of carnivorous marsupials, including interesting features of life history, their unique reproduction, the physiological basis for early senescence in semelparous dasyurids, sex ratio variation and juvenile dispersal. It looks at gradients in nutrition—from omnivory to insectivory to carnivory—as well as distributional ecology, social structure and conservation dilemmas.

The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants

A Comprehensive Guide to Their Biology and Cultivation
Author: N.A
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
ISBN: 0881927929
Category: Art
Page: 224
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Plants that trap and eat animals: an amazing phenomenon that has inspired awe since before the days of Darwin. The victims may be flies and butterflies, small crustaceans, or even vertebrates the size of rats. Lured into the danger zone by optical, tactile, and olfactory strategies, the prey succomb to ingenious traps and face their doom. But unlike plants that temporarily catch insects for pollination, the true carnivores go considerably further: they digest them for the nutrients they need to survive in extremely inhospitable sites on land and in water. "Drosophyllum lusitanicum" can digest a mosquito within 24 hours. The common butterwort, "Pinguicula vulgaris," digests small snimals within two days; a whole fly will disappear in "Drosera anglica" in four days. This exquisite book, copiously illustrated with closeup photography, provides detailed descriptions--including trapping mechanisms, digestion, and prey--and cultivation information for key species in 17 genera and 10 families. Most notably, it includes the first comprehensive listing of some 630 known carnivorous plant species, described in fascinating detail, with identification history and geographic distribution species by species. Physiological and ecological wonders abound in clear and accessible explanations by four author-scientists who work at the leading edge of research. Anyone captivated by the unearthly beauty of the "flowers of evil" will treasure this stunning, encyclopedic exploration, which also includes animal-trapping mosses and fungi, as well as advice for growing and buying carnivorous plants and an extensive international bibliography. It is an essential reference for hobbyist, naturalist, and collector alike.

State of the World's Oceans


Author: Michelle Allsopp,Stefan E. Pambuccian,Paul Johnston,David Santillo
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402091168
Category: Science
Page: 256
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The world’s oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. However, the biodiversity of the oceans is incre- ingly coming under serious threat from many human activities including overfi- ing, use of destructive fishing methods, pollution and commercial aquaculture. In addition, climate change is already having an impact on some marine ecosystems. This book discusses some of the major threats facing marine ecosystems by cons- ering a range of topics, under chapters discussing biodiversity (Chapter 1), fisheries (Chapter 2), aquaculture (Chapter 3), pollution (Chapter 4) and the impacts of increasing greenhouse gas emissions (Chapter 5). It goes on to explore solutions to the problems by discussing equitable and sustainable management of the oceans (Chapter 6) and protecting marine ecosystems using marine reserves (Chapter 7). Presently, 76% of the oceans are fully or over-exploited with respect to fishing, and many species have been severely depleted. It is abundantly clear that, in general, current fisheries management regimes are to blame for much of the widespread degradation of the oceans. Many policy-makers and scientists now agree that we must adopt a radical new approach to managing the seas – one that is precautionary in nature and has protection of the whole marine ecosystem as its primary objective. This ‘ecosystem-based approach’ is vital if we are to ensure the health of our oceans for future generations.

A Guide to the Carnivores of Central America

Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation
Author: Carlos L. de la Rosa,Claudia C. Nocke
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292789513
Category: Nature
Page: 262
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Carnivores such as pumas, jaguars, and ocelots have roamed the neotropical forests of Central America for millennia. Enshrined in the myths of the ancient Maya, they still inspire awe in the region's current inhabitants, as well as in the ecotourists and researchers who come to experience Central America's diverse and increasingly endangered natural environment. This book is one of the first field guides dedicated to the carnivores of Central America. It describes the four indigenous families—wild cats, raccoons and their relatives, skunks and their relatives, and wild canids—and their individual species that live in the region. The authors introduce each species by recounting a first-person encounter with it, followed by concise explanations of its taxonomy, scientific name, English and Spanish common names, habitat, natural history, and conservation status. Range maps show the animal's past and current distribution, while Claudia Nocke's black-and-white drawings portray it visually. The concluding chapter looks to the carnivores' future, including threats posed by habitat destruction and other human activities, and describes some current conservation programs. Designed for citizens of and visitors to Central America, as well as specialists, this book offers an excellent introduction to a group of fascinating, threatened, and still imperfectly understood animals.

Fish Nutrition in Aquaculture


Author: S.S. de Silva,T.A. Anderson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780412550300
Category: Science
Page: 320
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Aquaculture is a growing industry. A vital component of the subject is feeding the organisms under cultivation. This book provides a thorough review of the scientific basis and applied aspects of fish nutrition in a user-friendly format. It will be of great use to individuals working or training in the industry, and to fish feed manufacturing personnel.

The World of Animals


Author: Martin Walters,Jinny Johnson
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780890516171
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 256
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Presents thorough information on different types of animals from simple single living cells to the most complex kinds of mammals.

Carnivore Conservation


Author: John L. Gittleman,Stephan M. Funk,David W. MacDonald,Robert K. Wayne
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521665377
Category: Nature
Page: 675
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This book presents a critical review and summary of the problems, solutions and future directions for carnivore conservation.

The Kosher Carnivore

The Ultimate Meat and Poultry Cookbook
Author: June Hersh
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429987782
Category: Cooking
Page: 256
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Kosher meat is prized by home chefs of all faiths for its high quality, savory flavor and the humane and well-supervised conditions it was raised and butchered under. The 120 all-new, innovative meat and poultry recipes in The Kosher Carnivore will delight families who keep kosher, but will satisfy other cooks as well once they discover the fresh mixture of classic, elegantly ethnic and innovative recipes, such as: --Standing Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding --Classic Pot Roast --Grilled Steak Chimichurri --Slow-day BBQ Brisket --Moroccan Chicken --Crispy Fried Chicken --Pesto-Crusted Lamb --Orecchiette Pasta with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe -- Pan-seared Duck Breasts with Figs and Madeira --The Perfect Burger The Kosher Carnivore focuses on meat, but provides fantastic dairy-free soups, side dishes, marinades and sauces, too—from Creamed Spinach without the butter or cream, to Fresh Guacamole. It also provides complete and smart instructions on how to grill, roast, braise, stew and pan-sear, along with tips from expert butchers, organic farmers, a leading cookware and gadget guru, a wine authority and a knife skills professional: all there to help the home cook buy and prepare the best in kosher meat and poultry. "Kosher eating is a trend 3,300 years in the making. This book addresses both the new face of kosher as well as the traditional kosher consumer, with a focus on meat and poultry. Whether you buy kosher chicken because it is plumper and tastier or kosher steak because you are observant and would not consider eating anything else, this book is an indispensable resource." --from Kosher Carnivore's introduction

Walker's Mammals of the World


Author: Ronald M. Nowak
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801857898
Category: Nature
Page: 1936
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Gives an historical account of the world's mammals since 3,000 B.C., and then provides detailed information about every mammal on earth, divided by genus.

Ecosystem Management for Parks and Wilderness


Author: James K Agee,James K. Agee,Darryll R. Johnson
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295968179
Category: Nature
Page: 237
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The need for cooperation among government agencies as well as an interdisciplinary approach to the increasingly challenging and complicated problem of managing park and wilderness areas prompted the University of Washington College of Forest Resources, the National Park Service, and the Forest Service to sponsor an ecosystem management workshop for scientists, planners, and managers. To develop an improved conceptual approach to managing change in ecosystems crossing natural and political boundaries, the workshop focused on defining terms, uncovering areas of misunderstanding and barriers to cooperation, and developing methods to determine the most important problems and issues. Three needs emerged from the prioritization process: a precise definition of the management objectives for park and wilderness lands and how to integrate them with objectives for surrounding lands, nationally as well as site-specific; more information about physical, biological, and social components of park and wilderness ecosystems from both sides of political boundaries; and key indicators of ecosystem condition as well as methods for evaluating management effectiveness. All of these common themes point to a need for more precise direction in management goal setting and more accurate assessment of progress toward goals. The book includes an introductory chapter by the editors and summary in which they outline a direction for ecosystem management in the next critical decades. The other chapters by individual contributors include studies on laws governing park and wilderness lands, paleoecological records that reveal the historic effects of climatic variations on vegetation change, succession and natural disturbance in relation to the problems of what can and should be preserved, managing ecosystems for large populations of vertebrates, the management of large carnivores, effects of air pollution, lake acidification, human ecology and environmental management, the role of economics, cooperation in ecosystem management, and management challenges in Yellowstone National Park.

Large Carnivores and the Conservation of Biodiversity


Author: Justina Ray,Kent H. Redford,Robert Steneck,Joel Berger
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781597266093
Category: Nature
Page: 526
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Large Carnivores and the Conservation of Biodiversity brings together more than thirty leading scientists and conservation practitioners to consider a key question in environmental conservation: Is the conservation of large carnivores in ecosystems that evolved with their presence equivalent to the conservation of biological diversity within those systems? Building their discussions from empirical, long-term data sets, contributors including James A. Estes, David S. Maehr, Tim McClanahan, AndrFs J. Novaro, John Terborgh, and Rosie Woodroffe explore a variety of issues surrounding the link between predation and biodiversity: What is the evidence for or against the link? Is it stronger in marine systems? What are the implications for conservation strategies? Large Carnivores and the Conservation of Biodiversity is the first detailed, broad-scale examination of the empirical evidence regarding the role of large carnivores in biodiversity conservation in both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. It contributes to a much more precise and global understanding of when, where, and whether protecting and restoring top predators will directly contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. Everyone concerned with ecology, biodiversity, or large carnivores will find this volume a unique and thought-provoking analysis and synthesis.

Meat-Eating and Human Evolution


Author: Craig B. Stanford,Henry T. Bunn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195351293
Category: Social Science
Page: 384
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When, why, and how early humans began to eat meat are three of the most fundamental unresolved questions in the study of human origins. Before 2.5 million years ago the presence and importance of meat in the hominid diet is unknown. After stone tools appear in the fossil record it seems clear that meat was eaten in increasing quantities, but whether it was obtained through hunting or scavenging remains a topic of intense debate. This book takes a novel and strongly interdisciplinary approach to the role of meat in the early hominid diet, inviting well-known researchers who study the human fossil record, modern hunter-gatherers, and nonhuman primates to contribute chapters to a volume that integrates these three perspectives. Stanford's research has been on the ecology of hunting by wild chimpanzees. Bunn is an archaeologist who has worked on both the fossil record and modern foraging people. This will be a reconsideration of the role of hunting, scavenging, and the uses of meat in light of recent data and modern evolutionary theory. There is currently no other book, nor has there ever been, that occupies the niche this book will create for itself.

Diseases of Man Acquired from His Pets


Author: B. Bisseru
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 1483225542
Category: Medical
Page: 496
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Diseases of Man Acquired from his Pets provides guideline of the diseases that man may acquire from animals. This book is composed of nine chapters. The chapters are divided broadly into the types of animals kept as pets. This book begins with a general introduction to animal pets. The subsequent chapters deal with diseases acquired from carnivores, birds, and rodents, with a particular emphasis on leptospirosis, which affects rodents, carnivores, farm animals, man and, to a limited extent, birds. These chapters discuss the epidemiology, clinical signs, symptoms and treatment of this infection. These topics are followed by a chapter on Ungulates, which includes farm animals, the occupational hazards of handling large numbers of animals since livestock are in very close contact with the farmer and farm workers. Similarly, the occupational hazards from birds (factory farming) through Newcastle disease, which sometimes affects pet birds (parrots), and other diseases are explored. The remaining chapters concern certain infectious diseases acquired from reptiles, amphibians, fish, and arthropods. This book is of value to practitioners and students, both of human and veterinary medicine, and those interested in animal care.

The Biology of the Muscidae of the World


Author: Peter Skidmore
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789061931393
Category: Science
Page: 550
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Carnivores of Light and Darkness


Author: Alan Dean Foster
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0759520453
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Bound by honor, Ehomba has traveled through many exotic and perilous lands on a quest to save a beautiful princess he has never met from the hands of the evil Hymneth the Possessed. Through all their travels Ehomba has ignored the warnings he has heard from seers and psychics, foretelling of disaster and death if the quest was completed. Now that Ehomba and his traveling party have finally reached the destination of their epic journey, the kingdom ruled by Hymneth, will they be able to defend themselves against Hymneth's powerful and evil magic? Will they be able to rescue the princess and bring her safely home with their lives intact?

Endangered Wildlife and Plants of the World


Author: N.A
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9780761472063
Category: Reference
Page: 1872
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A reference encyclopedia containing 13 volumes providing information on endangered wildlife and plants throughout the world.