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Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Conservation of the environment > Conservation of wildlife & habitats > General

The Biology of Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems (Hardcover): Karen J. Esler, Anna L. Jacobsen, R. Brandon Pratt The Biology of Mediterranean-Type Ecosystems (Hardcover)
Karen J. Esler, Anna L. Jacobsen, R. Brandon Pratt
R1,944 Discovery Miles 19 440 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The world's mediterranean-type climate regions (including areas within the Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia, California, and Chile) have long been of interest to biologists by virtue of their extraordinary biodiversity and the appearance of evolutionary convergence between these disparate regions. These regions contain many rare and endemic species. Their mild climate makes them appealing places to live and visit and this has resulted in numerous threats to the species and communities that occupy them. Threats include a wide range of factors such as habitat loss due to development and agriculture, disturbance, invasive species, and climate change. As a result, they continue to attract far more attention than their limited geographic area might suggest. This book provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to mediterranean-type ecosystems. It is an accessible text which provides an authoritative overview of the topic. As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate these regions although their management, conservation, and restoration are also considered.

Conservation Agriculture - Global Prospects and Challenges (Hardcover): Ram A. Jat, Kanwar Lal. Sahrawat, Amir H Kassam Conservation Agriculture - Global Prospects and Challenges (Hardcover)
Ram A. Jat, Kanwar Lal. Sahrawat, Amir H Kassam; Contributions by Amir Kassam
R3,041 Discovery Miles 30 410 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The book covers the spread of conservation agriculture (CA) to regions including Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Australia, Europe and emerging CA destinations in Asia and Africa. Topics covered include the various components of CA, and how their individual and combined implementation influence productivity, soil health and environmental quality under diverse edaphic and climatic conditions. The book will be useful to teachers, researchers, extensionists, farmers, and students interested in environmental quality.

Over the Top - Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Over the Top - Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Ott - Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Ott - Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Wetland Techniques - Volume 1: Foundations (Paperback, 2013 ed.): James T. Anderson, Craig A. Davis Wetland Techniques - Volume 1: Foundations (Paperback, 2013 ed.)
James T. Anderson, Craig A. Davis
R3,091 R2,444 Discovery Miles 24 440 Save R647 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Wetlands serve many important functions and provide numerous ecological services such as clean water, wildlife habitat, nutrient reduction, and flood control. Wetland science is a relatively young discipline but is a rapidly growing field due to an enhanced understanding of the importance of wetlands and the numerous laws and policies that have been developed to protect these areas. This growth is demonstrated by the creation and growth of the Society of Wetland Scientists which was formed in 1980 and now has a membership of 3,500 people. It is also illustrated by the existence of 2 journals ("Wetlands" and "Wetlands Ecology and Management") devoted entirely to wetlands.

To date there has been no practical, comprehensive techniques book centered on wetlands, and written for wetland researchers, students, and managers. This techniques book aims to fill that gap. It is designed to provide an overview of the various methods that have been used or developed by researchers and practitioners to study, monitor, manage, or create wetlands. Including many methods usually found only in the peer-reviewed or gray literature, this 3-volume set fills a major niche for all professionals dealing with wetlands."

Orison for a Curlew - In Search of a Bird on the Edge of Extinction (Paperback): Horatio Clare Orison for a Curlew - In Search of a Bird on the Edge of Extinction (Paperback)
Horatio Clare
R231 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R13 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Slender-billed Curlew, Numenius tenuirostris, 'the slim beak of the new moon', is one of the world's rarest birds. It once bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and Central Asia. Today the Slender-billed Curlew exists as a rumour, a ghost species surrounded by unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certainty is that it now stands on the brink of extinction. Birds are key environmental indicators. Their health or hardship has a message for us about the planet, and our future. What does the fate of the Slender-billed Curlew mean for us, and for the natural world? What happened to it, and why? In Orison for a Curlew Horatio Clare journeys through a fractured Europe in search of the Slender-billed Curlew, following the bird's migratory path on an odyssey that takes us into the lives of the men and women who have fought to save the landscapes to which the bird belongs. This is a story of beauty, triumph, and the struggles of conservation. It is a homage to a bird which may never be seen again.

Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation - Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (Hardcover): Philip J.... Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation - Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes (Hardcover)
Philip J. Nyhus; Volume editing by Laurie Marker, Lorraine K. Boast, Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel
R2,174 R1,697 Discovery Miles 16 970 Save R477 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation reports on the science and conservation of the cheetah. This volume demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of research and conservation efforts to study and protect the cheetah. The book begins with chapters on the evolution, genetics, physiology, ecology and behavior of the species, as well as distribution reports from range countries. These introductory chapters lead into discussions of the challenges facing cheetah survival, including habitat loss, declining prey base, human-wildlife conflict, illegal trade, and newly-emerging threats, notably climate change. This book also focuses on conservation strategies and solutions, including environmental education and alternative livelihoods. Chapters on the role of captive cheetahs to conservation and the long-term research of the species are included, as are a brief discussion of the methods and analyses used to study the cheetah. The book concludes with the conservation status and future outlook of the species. Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation is a valuable resource for the regional and global communities of cheetah conservationists, researchers, and academics. Although cheetah focussed the book provides information relevant to the study of broader topics such as wildlife conservation, captive breeding, habitat management, conservation biology and animal behaviour. Cover photograph by Angela Scott

Biking and Kayaking Through Tribal Florida (Paperback): Richard Craig Hughes Biking and Kayaking Through Tribal Florida (Paperback)
Richard Craig Hughes
R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests (Paperback): John G. Robinson, Elizabeth Bennett, Elizabeth Boundas' Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests (Paperback)
John G. Robinson, Elizabeth Bennett, Elizabeth Boundas'
R986 R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Save R228 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Throughout the world people are concerned about the demise of tropical forests and their wildlife. Hunting by forest-dwelling people has a dramatic effect on wildlife in many tropical forests, frequently driving species to local extinction, with devastating implications for other species and the health of the forests themselves. But wildlife is an important source of protein and cash for rural peoples. Can hunting be managed to conserve biological communities while meeting human needs? Are hunting rates as practiced by tropical forest peoples sustainable? If not, what are the biological, social, and cultural implications of this failure? Answering these questions is ever more important as national and international agencies seek to integrate the development of local peoples with the conservation of tropical forest systems and species.

This book presents a wide array of studies that examine the sustainability of hunting as practiced by rural peoples. Comprising work by both biological and social scientists, "Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests" provides a balanced viewpoint on the ecological and human aspects of this hunting. The first section examines the effects of hunting on wildlife in tropical forests throughout the world. The next section looks at the importance of hunting to local communities. The third section looks at institutional challenges of resource management, while the fourth draws on economic perspectives to understand both hunting and sustainability. A final section provides synthesis and summary of the factors that influence sustainability and the implications for management.

Drawing on examples from Ecuador to Congo-Zaire to Sulawesi, "Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests" will be a valuable resource to policymakers, conservation organizations, and students and scholars of biology, ecology, and anthropology.

A Different Nature - The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future (Paperback, New Ed): David Hancocks A Different Nature - The Paradoxical World of Zoos and Their Uncertain Future (Paperback, New Ed)
David Hancocks
R642 R505 Discovery Miles 5 050 Save R137 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"A well-written and provocative, opinion-rich account of zoos, their history, and their goals and purposes. Hancocks has earned the right to speak authoritatively about these subjects, thanks to his tenure as director of two leading U. S. zoos. This book will appeal to general readers and to all persons interested in zoos and their role in conservation and education."--John Alcock, author of "Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach"

"Giraffes, elephants, gorillas, snakes, and toucans respond poorly to the usual conventions of human architecture. Zoo architects usually respond no less poorly to the needs of animals. David Hancocks draws on a lifetime's experience working as a zoo director and zoo architect to explore this dilemma, and offers a compelling vision for the future. This is an important book for those interested in conservation as well as for zoo and museum buffs."--William Conway, former President and General Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo

"For over two decades David Hancocks has fervently tried to reform the fundamental character and mission of zoos. This book is his most thorough analysis of what is wrong with them and his most detailed and compelling plea for improvement. Every conscientious zoo administrator, curator, and keeper should read it from cover to cover with an open mind. Professionals in botanical gardens, museums, and nature parks should also consider this treatise because Hancocks advocates that a fusion of all of these institutions into a new entity better positioned to interpret the entire biosphere."-Mark A. Dimmitt, Director of Natural History, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Everglades Patrol (Paperback): Tom Shirley Everglades Patrol (Paperback)
Tom Shirley
R390 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R58 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As law enforcement officer and game manager for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Lt. Tom Shirley was the law in one of the last true frontiers in the nation?the Florida Everglades. In Everglades Patrol, Shirley shares the stories from his beat?an ecosystem larger than the state of Rhode Island. His vivid narrative includes dangerous tales of hunting down rogue gladesmen and gators and airboat chases through the wetlands in search of illegal hunters and moonshiners. During his thirty-year career (1955-1985), Shirley saw the Glades go from frontier wilderness to ""ruination"" at the hands of the Army Corps of Engineers. He watched as dikes cut off the water flow and controlled floods submerged islands that had supported man and animals for 3,000 years, killing much of the wildlife he was sworn to protect.

Conservation Biology - Foundations, Concepts, Applications (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2008): Fred Van Dyke Conservation Biology - Foundations, Concepts, Applications (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2008)
Fred Van Dyke
R1,731 R1,620 Discovery Miles 16 200 Save R111 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Fred Van Dyke's new textbook, Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications, 2nd Edition represents a major new text for anyone interested in conservation. Drawing on his experience as a conservation biologist, college teacher, and successful textbook author, Van Dyke's organizational clarity and readable style make this book an invaluable resource for students in conservation around the globe.Presenting key information and well-selected examples, this student-friendly volume carefully integrates the science of conservation biology with its implications for ethics, law, policy and economics.

A Sea Monster's Tale - In Search of the Basking Shark (Hardcover): Colin Speedie A Sea Monster's Tale - In Search of the Basking Shark (Hardcover)
Colin Speedie
R524 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R75 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Colin Speedie's new book takes us from swashbuckling hunts of giant sharks by reckless individuals with makeshift harpoons, through an age of mass slaughter, to the author's personal shark-tracking adventures in the name of conservation.There are few marine creatures as spectacular as the Basking Shark. At up to 11 metres in length and seven tonnes in weight, this colossal, plankton-feeding fish is one of the largest in the world, second only to the whale shark. Historically, Basking Sharks were a familiar sight in the northern hemisphere - off the coasts of Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the USA, for example. In an 18th Century world without electricity, they became the focus of active hunting for their huge livers containing large amounts of valuable oil, primarily used in lamps.Catch numbers were small enough to leave populations largely intact, but during the 20th Century a new breed of hunter joined the fray, some driven as much by a need for adventure as for financial gain. With improved equipment and experience, they exploited the shark on an industrial scale that drastically reduced numbers, leading to localised near-extinction in some areas.From the 1970's onward a new generation took to the seas, this time with conservation in mind to identify where the shark might still be found in the waters around the British Isles, employing new technologies to solve long-standing mysteries about the behaviour of this elusive creature. Using the best of both old and new research techniques, the case was built to justify the species becoming one of the most protected sharks in the oceans.Today, the Basking Shark is a much-loved cornerstone of our natural heritage. There are positive signs that the population has stabilised and may even be slowly recovering from the damage of the past, proving that timely conservation measures can be effective.Join us on a journey amidst wild seas, places, people and conservation history in the battle to protect this iconic creature - a true sea monster's tale.

Wolf Eyes Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Wolf Eyes Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Winter Snow Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Winter Snow Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Elephants Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Elephants Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Ice Lake Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Ice Lake Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
2018 - 2019 Academic Planner - 2018 - 2019 Two Year Planner - Daily Weekly and Monthly Calendar - Agenda Schedule Organizer... 2018 - 2019 Academic Planner - 2018 - 2019 Two Year Planner - Daily Weekly and Monthly Calendar - Agenda Schedule Organizer Logbook and Journal Notebook (Paperback)
Nicole Planner
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Mike Myers Art Adult Coloring Book - Austin Powers and Dr. Evil Actor, Legendary Comedian and Stand-Up Legend Inspired Adult... Mike Myers Art Adult Coloring Book - Austin Powers and Dr. Evil Actor, Legendary Comedian and Stand-Up Legend Inspired Adult Coloring Book (Paperback)
Madeleine Smith
R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
2018 - 2019 Academic Planner - 2018 - 2019 Two Year Planner - Daily Weekly and Monthly Calendar - Agenda Schedule Organizer... 2018 - 2019 Academic Planner - 2018 - 2019 Two Year Planner - Daily Weekly and Monthly Calendar - Agenda Schedule Organizer Logbook and Journal Notebook (Paperback)
Nicole Planner
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Bird Ecology and Conservation - A Handbook of Techniques (Paperback, New): William J. Sutherland, Ian Newton, Rhys Green Bird Ecology and Conservation - A Handbook of Techniques (Paperback, New)
William J. Sutherland, Ian Newton, Rhys Green
R1,010 Discovery Miles 10 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this intensely practical handbook, a team of leading ornithologists describe a wide range of standard methods that can be applied to the study of avian ecology and conservation. Topics covered range from surveys and tracking and handling to breeding biology, foraging behavior, and migration. Chapters on conservation techniques describe how to assess species over-exploitation, the methods available for the intensive conservation of endangered species, and the principles involved in the maintenance and restoration of habitats. This comprehensive synthesis will be essential reading for graduate students and researchers as well as a valuable resource for environmental consultants and professional conservationists worldwide.
Bird Ecology and Evolution is the first title in a new series of practical handbooks which include titles focusing on specific taxonomic groups as well as those describing broader themes and subjects. William J. Sutherland is the series editor.

Ice Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Glossy Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Ice Notebook - 150 Lined Pages, Glossy Softcover, 6 X 9 (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Bird Watching Book - Wild Birds, Migratory Birds Birdwatching Log Book for Birds Lover (Paperback): Passionate Book Publishing Bird Watching Book - Wild Birds, Migratory Birds Birdwatching Log Book for Birds Lover (Paperback)
Passionate Book Publishing
R119 Discovery Miles 1 190 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Saving the Tasmanian Devil - Recovery through Science-based Management (Hardcover): Carolyn Hogg, Samantha Fox, David... Saving the Tasmanian Devil - Recovery through Science-based Management (Hardcover)
Carolyn Hogg, Samantha Fox, David Pemberton, Katherine Belov
R2,374 R2,044 Discovery Miles 20 440 Save R330 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Tasmanian devil is threatened by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a transmissible form of cancer that has reduced the population by over 80%. Hunting, extreme climate events, vehicle collision and habitat destruction also put pressure on this endangered species. The recovery effort to save the Tasmanian devil commenced over 15 years ago as a collaborative initiative between the Tasmanian government, the Australian government, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia, and many research institutions. Saving the Tasmanian Devil documents the journey taken by partner organisations in discovering what DFTD is, the effect it has on wild devil populations, and the outcomes achieved through research and management actions. Chapters describe all aspects of devil conservation, including the captive devil populations, applied pathology, immunology and genetic research findings, adaptive management, and the importance of advocacy and partnerships. This book will provide management practitioners and conservation scientists with insight into the complexities of undertaking a program of this scale, and will also be of value to researchers, students and others interested in conservation.

Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering - The Complete Guide (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Peter Lynch Wildlife & Conservation Volunteering - The Complete Guide (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Peter Lynch 1
R290 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R60 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

A unique feature of this guide is its dedicated focus on wildlife and environmental conservation volunteering. It is aimed at all three sectors of the age and career spectrum: young people such as gap year students and backpackers; the larger market of vacation conservation volunteers; and the early retired. Peter Lynch investigates rather than lists different types of organisations including charities, clearinghouses, eco-tour operators and travel agents. He audits, analyses and deconstructs them according to a range of verifiable criteria, including their scientific validity. This second edition had been completely updated and expanded, including more organizations, updated assessments, more volunteer stories and more field adventures. There is also a new chapter on great wildlife migration events - how, when and where to see them, with more great photographs. The guide includes long- and short-term opportunities from roughing it in tents, through simple permanent accommodation to quasi-luxury. The extensive range of expedition opportunities include working with antelope, big cats, birds, coral reefs, dolphins, elephants, fish, hippos, monkeys, orang-utans, turtles, whales, zebras, injured wildlife and people - in every type of habitat - all over the globe. First-hand accounts by volunteers reveal the day-to-day life of being a volunteer.

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