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Birds Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback): Lee Gutteridge Birds Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback)
Lee Gutteridge; Illustrated by Louis Liebenberg, Warren Cary, Mark Elbroch
R350 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R31 (9%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This book is a totally fresh approach to observing birds in southern Africa. It affords you the opportunity to gather previously inaccessible and indecipherable information in the form of tracks and signs left behind by our avifauna. The book explores the unique details of the spoor, or tracks, of many species of birds. This is done in multiple ways including by observing their droppings, examining their feeding behaviour as well as their general nesting structures.

It’s remarkable how tracks and signs in nature help you to enrich your knowledge of bird species, providing knowledge as straightforward as the shape of the individual nests of our various species of weaver, or the ability to recognise and understand the role of a drum-site in the life of a bearded woodpecker, or even being able to see the subtle signs of a cardinal woodpecker on the various acacia pods which host its larval food.

Louis Liebenberg has generously provided some sketches of spoor he has made for his own publications, making these clear schematics available to assist with identification. Skulls, feathers, beaks and egg shells are also occasionally encountered, and a few examples of these will be included, as they also tell a story of a bird which has passed by. This approach to southern Africa’s birdlife will add tremendously to how we experience our wonderful avifauna.

Zulu Bird Names And Bird Lore (Paperback): Adrian Koopman Zulu Bird Names And Bird Lore (Paperback)
Adrian Koopman
R560 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R79 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this book, Adrian Koopman describes the complex relationship between birds, the Zulu language and Zulu culture. A number of chapters look at the underlying meaning of bird names, and here we will find that the Zulu name of the Goliath Heron means ‘what gives birth to baby crocodiles’, the dikkop (umbangaqhwa) means ‘what causes frost’, and the African Hoopoe is a party-goer who wears a colourful blanket.

The book goes further than just Zulu names, exploring the underlying meanings of bird names from other South African languages and languages from Central and East Africa. Here we find birds with names that translate as ‘cool-porridge’, ‘kiss-banana-flower’ and ‘waiter-at-the-end-of-the furrow’.

A focus on Zulu traditional oral literature details the roles birds have played in Zulu praise poetry (including the praise poems of certain birds themselves) and in proverbs, riddles and children’s games. Also considered is traditional bird lore, examining the role played by various species as omens and portents, as indicators of bad luck and evil, as forecasters of rain and storm, and as harbingers of the seasons. Here we see that the Bateleur Eagle (ingqungqulu) is linked to war, the Southern Ground Hornbill (insingizi) to thunder and heavy rain, the Red-chested Cuckoo (uphezukokhono) to the start of the ploughing season, and the Jacobin Cuckoo (inkanku) to the start of summer.

Zulu Bird Names and Bird Lore discusses the Zulu Bird Name Project, a series of Zulu bird name workshops held between 2013 and 2017 with Zulu-speaking bird guides designed to confirm (or otherwise) all previously recorded Zulu names for birds, while at the same time devising new names for those without previously recorded names. The result has been a list of species-specific names for all birds in the Zulu-speaking region. Finally, the book turns to the role such new bird names can play in conservation education and in avi-tourism.

A Life On Our Planet - My Witness Statement And Vision For The Future (Paperback): David Attenborough A Life On Our Planet - My Witness Statement And Vision For The Future (Paperback)
David Attenborough
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future.

See the world. Then make it better.

I am 93. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.

As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day -- the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake -- and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right.

We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will do so.

Dance Of The Dung Beetles - Their Role In Our Changing World (Paperback): Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn Dance Of The Dung Beetles - Their Role In Our Changing World (Paperback)
Marcus Byrne, Helen Lunn
R350 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The humble and industrious dung beetle is a marvellous beast: the 6 000 species identified so far are intricately entwined with human history and scientific endeavour.

These night-soil collectors of the planet have been worshipped as gods, worn as jewellery, and painted by artists. More practically, they saved Hawaii from ecological blight, and rescued Australia from plagues of flies. They fertilise soil, cleanse pastures, steer by the stars, and have a unique relationship with the African elephant (along with many other ungulates). Above all, they are the ideal subject for biological study in an evolving world.

In this sweeping history of more than 3 000 years, beginning with Ancient Egypt, scientist Marcus Byrne and writer, Helen Lunn capture the diversity of dung beetles and their unique behaviour patterns. Dung beetles’ fortunes have followed the shifts from a world dominated by a religion that symbolically incorporated them into some of its key concepts of rebirth, to a world in which science has largely separated itself from religion and alchemy.

With over 6 000 species found throughout the world, these unassuming but remarkable creatures are fundamental to some of humanity’s most cherished beliefs and have been ever present in religion, art, literature, science and the environment. They are at the centre of current gene research, play an important role in keeping our planet healthy, and some nocturnal dung beetles have been found to navigate by the starry skies. Outlining the development of science from the point of view of the humble dung beetle is what makes this charming story of immense interest to general readers and entomologists alike. This entertaining outline of the development of science from the the beetle’s perspective will enchant general readers and entomologists alike.

The Social Instinct - How Cooperation Shaped The World (Paperback): Nichola Raihani The Social Instinct - How Cooperation Shaped The World (Paperback)
Nichola Raihani
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) In Stock

Exploring evolution, animal behaviour and human psychology, The Social Instinct reveals how and why cooperation has shaped and defined humankind - and what happens when it goes wrong. The first book by a brilliant evolutionary biologist, drawing on decades of research in the field.

The science of cooperation tells us not only how we got here, but also where we might end up. Cooperation explains how strands of DNA gave rise to modernday nation states. It defines our extraordinary ecological success as well as many of the most surprising features of what make us human: not only why we live in families, why we have grandmothers and why women experience the menopause, but also why we become paranoid and jealous, and why we cheat.

Nichola Raihani also introduces us to other species who, like us, live and work together. From the pied babblers of the Kalahari to the cleaner fish of the Great Barrier Reef, they happen to be some of the most fascinating and extraordinarily successful species on this planet. What do we have in common with these other species, and what is it that sets us apart?

Written at a time of global pandemic, when the challenges and importance of cooperation have never been greater, The Social Instinct is an exhilarating, farreaching and thought-provoking journey through all life on Earth, with profound insights into what makes us human and how our societies work.

Primates - Quick ID Guide to Africa's Great Apes, True Monkeys and Their Relatives (Paperback): Chris Stuart, Mathilde... Primates - Quick ID Guide to Africa's Great Apes, True Monkeys and Their Relatives (Paperback)
Chris Stuart, Mathilde Stuart
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Carnivores - Quick ID Guide to Africa's Predatory Mammals (Paperback): Chris Stuart, Mathilde Stuart Carnivores - Quick ID Guide to Africa's Predatory Mammals (Paperback)
Chris Stuart, Mathilde Stuart
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Birds, Beasts and Bedlam - Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species (Hardcover): Derek Gow Birds, Beasts and Bedlam - Turning My Farm into an Ark for Lost Species (Hardcover)
Derek Gow
R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Gow reinvents what it means to be a guardian of the countryside.'-Guardian 'Gow has a fire in his belly. We need more like him.'-BBC Wildlife magazine Birds, Beasts and Bedlam recounts the adventures of farmer-turned-rewilder Derek Gow, who is saving Britain's much-loved but dangerously threatened species, from the water vole to beaver, wildcat to white stork and tree frog to glow worm. Derek tells us all about the realities of rewilding; how he reared delicate roe deer and a sofa-loving wild boar piglet, moved a raging bison bull across the country, got bitten by a Scottish wildcat, returned honking skeins of graylag geese to the land and water that was once theirs, and restored the white stork to the Knepp Estate with Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree. Derek's first book, Bringing Back the Beaver, was a riotously funny and subversive account of his single-handed reintroduction of the beaver in Britain. Birds, Beasts and Bedlam, a natural successor to Gerald Durrell's A Zoo in My Luggage, tells the story of Derek's rewilding journey and his work to save many more species by transforming his Devon farm into a wildlife breeding centre. He now houses beavers, white storks, water voles, lynx, wildcats and harvest mice, with the aim of releasing them into the wild one day. Tearing down fences literally and metaphorically, Derek Gow is the one person with the character and strength of will to defy authority, bend the rules - and save our wildlife. 'The radical rewilder.'-The Times 'Derek Gow wants his farm to be a breeding colony, a seedbed for a denuded island.'-The New Yorker

A Life on Our Planet - My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future (Paperback): David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet - My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future (Paperback)
David Attenborough
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

With a new afterword, Why You Are Here: A speech on the opening of the COP26 climate summit As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet contains my witness statement, and my vision for the future - the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have the opportunity to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will do so.

Birds Of Southern Africa - The Complete Photographic Guide (Paperback): Burger Cillie, Niel Cillie, Phil Penlington, Trevor... Birds Of Southern Africa - The Complete Photographic Guide (Paperback)
Burger Cillie, Niel Cillie, Phil Penlington, Trevor Hardaker, Karen Wiesler
R695 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R235 (34%) Pre-order

VELD Birds of Southern Africa: The complete photographic guide incorporates the latest photographs of, and research and atlas information on, all species of birds recorded in southern Africa to date.

This comprehensive field guide contains almost 2 000 beautiful colour photographs, as well as:

  • the latest information on all 991 bird species in southern Africa
  • concise entries focusing on identification, behaviour, possible confusion and habitat, along with differences in sex, age, colour morphs and subspecies
  • at-a-glance information on each species’ size, food, status and sociality
  • brand-new, colour-coded distribution maps reflecting each bird’s status and abundance
  • full-length and quick indexes
  • an app providing bird calls and additional photographs of plumage variations.

An essential companion, whether you’re out in the field or on the couch at home.

Voels Van Suider-Afrika - Die Volledige Fotogids (Paperback): Burger Cillie, Niel Cillie, Phil Penlington, Trevor Hardaker,... Voels Van Suider-Afrika - Die Volledige Fotogids (Paperback)
Burger Cillie, Niel Cillie, Phil Penlington, Trevor Hardaker, Karen Wiesler
R695 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R235 (34%) Pre-order

VELD VoŽls van Suider-Afrika: Die volledige fotogids bring die heel nuutste foto’s, navorsing en verspreidingsdata oor alle voŽlspesies wat tot op hede in Suider-Afrika aangeteken is, byeen.

Hierdie omvattende veldgids bevat nagenoeg 2 000 pragtige kleurfoto’s, asook:

  • die nuutste inligting oor die 991 voŽlspesies in Suider-Afrika
  • bondige inskrywings wat fokus op identifikasie, moontlike verwarring, gedrag en habitat, asook verskille in geslag, ouderdom, kleurvariasies en subspesies
  • opsommende inligting oor elke voŽlspesie se grootte, kos, status en sosialiteit
  • bygewerkte, kleurgekodeerde verspreidingskaarte wat elke voŽl se status en digtheid aandui
  • ’n volledige en verkorte register
  • ’n toepassing (“app”) met voŽlroepe en addisionele foto’s van kleurvariasies.

Of jy buite in die veld of op die rusbank in jou huis is, is hierdie gids ’n onontbeerlike metgesel.

Living Planet - The Web of Life on Earth (Paperback): David Attenborough Living Planet - The Web of Life on Earth (Paperback)
David Attenborough
R246 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R27 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Sunday Times Bestseller A new, fully updated narrative edition of David Attenborough's seminal biography of our world, The Living Planet. Nowhere on our planet is devoid of life. Plants and animals thrive or survive within every extreme of climate and habitat that it offers. Single species, and often whole communities adapt to make the most of ice cap and tundra, forest and plain, desert, ocean and volcano. These adaptations can be truly extraordinary: fish that walk or lay eggs on leaves in mid-air; snakes that fly; flightless birds that graze like deer; and bears that grow hair on the soles of their feet. In The Living Planet, David Attenborough's searching eye, unfailing curiosity and infectious enthusiasm explain and illuminate the intricate lives of the these colonies, from the lonely heights of the Himalayas to the wild creatures that have established themselves in the most recent of environments, the city. By the end of this book it is difficult to say which is the more astonishing - the ingenuity with which individual species contrive a living, or the complexity of their interdependence on each other and on the habitations provided by our planet. In this new edition, the author, with the help of zoologist Matthew Cobb, has added all the most up-to-date discoveries of ecology and biology, as well as a full-colour 64-page photography section. He also addresses the urgent issues facing our living planet: climate change, pollution and mass extinction of species.

How to Read a Bird - A Smart Guide to What Birds Do and Why (Paperback, 2nd edition): Wenfei Tong How to Read a Bird - A Smart Guide to What Birds Do and Why (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Wenfei Tong; Foreword by Ben Sheldon
R364 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R26 (7%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Birds are intelligent, sociable creatures that exhibit a wide array of behaviours - from mobbing and mimicking to mating and joint nesting. Why do they behave as they do? Bringing to light the remarkable actions of birds through examples from species around the world, HOW TO READ A BIRD presents engaging vignettes about the private lives of birds, all explained in an evolutionary context. Richly illustrated, this book explores the increasing focus on how individual birds differ in personality and how big data and citizen scientists are helping to add to what we know about them.

The Mind of the Trout - A Cognitive Ecology for Biologists and Anglers (Paperback, New): Thomas C. Grubb The Mind of the Trout - A Cognitive Ecology for Biologists and Anglers (Paperback, New)
Thomas C. Grubb
R467 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R76 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For cognitive ecologists, fish biologists, animal behaviorists, and inquiring anglers. How and why do trout think? How do they decide where to eat and which food to eat? Why do they refuse to behave as predicted, stumping anglers by rejecting a larger fly for a smaller one or not responding at all to anything in an angler's box? How do trout know to bolt to one particular covered area after being hooked or flushed? Why can trout smell better than humans but not remember as well? Citing the most recent scientific findings in a readily understandable form, Thomas C. Grubb, Jr. addresses these questions and more in The Mind of the Trout. It is the first book to bring together many varied concepts of cognitive ecology as applied to trout and their salmonid relatives: char, salmon, grayling, and whitefish.

The Concept of the Animal and Modern Theories of Art (Paperback): The Concept of the Animal and Modern Theories of Art (Paperback)
R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines the importance of the animal in modern art theory, using classic texts of modern aesthetics and texts written by modern artists to explore the influence of the human-animal relationship on nineteenth and twentieth century artists and art theorists. The book is unique due to its focus on the concept of the animal, rather than on images of animals, and it aims towards a theoretical account of the connections between the notions of art and animality in the modern age. Roni Gren's book spans various disciplines, such as art theory, art history, animal studies, modernism, postmodernism, posthumanism, philosophy, and aesthetics.

Animal Nutrition (Paperback, 8th edition): Peter McDonald, J.F.D. Greenhalgh, Colin Morgan, R. Edwards, Liam Sinclair, Robert... Animal Nutrition (Paperback, 8th edition)
Peter McDonald, J.F.D. Greenhalgh, Colin Morgan, R. Edwards, Liam Sinclair, …
R1,439 Discovery Miles 14 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The latest edition of Animal Nutrition has been updated thoroughly to provide a clear and comprehensive introduction to the science and practice of animal nutrition. This classic, market-leading text is a trusted resource for undergraduates studying Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Biology and Biochemistry. It is supported by key experimental evidence throughout about modern advancements in animal food nourishment, composition of foods and feeding standards for dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, horses, and cats and dogs. It is split into six main sections covering: The components of food; The digestion and metabolism of nutrients; Quantifying the nutrient content of foods: digestibility, energy and protein values; The nutrient requirements of animals; The nutritional characteristics of foods; and Animal products and human nutrition. Quantitative aspects of the subject are clearly explained and illustrated by worked examples. Problems have been added to all chapters to aid student learning and the appendices include solutions to all chapter-end numeric questions. This edition includes nutritional topics related to molecular biology, the environment, and companion animals - dog and cat nutrition has been expanded. Under nutrient requirements of animals, usage of novel foods such as insects has also been added. Chapter-end summaries and questions allow students to recap and test their knowledge of the chapter topic.

Looking at edible insects from a food safety perspective - challenges and opportunities for the sector (Paperback): Food and... Looking at edible insects from a food safety perspective - challenges and opportunities for the sector (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization
R1,376 Discovery Miles 13 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

While insect consumption by humans or entomophagy has been traditionally practiced in various countries over generations and represents a common dietary component of various animal species (birds, fish, mammals), farming of insects for human food and animal feed is relatively recent. Production of this 'mini-livestock' brings with it several potential benefits and challenges. The objective of this document is to provide the reader with an overview of the various food safety issues that could be associated with edible insects. The intended audiences of this publication are food safety professionals, policymakers, researchers, insect producers as well as consumers. The regulatory frameworks that govern production, trade and consumption of insects in various regions are discussed. The document ends with elucidating some other major challenges, such as consumer acceptance and scaling up production, that the edible insect industry would need to overcome to have a more global reach

Bringing Back the Beaver - The Story of One Man's Quest to Rewild Britain's Waterways (Paperback): Derek Gow Bringing Back the Beaver - The Story of One Man's Quest to Rewild Britain's Waterways (Paperback)
Derek Gow; Foreword by Isabella Tree
R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Gow reinvents what it means to be a guardian of the countryside.'-Guardian 'This authentic, impassioned manifesto-cum-memoir will hopefully have a major impact on what is likely to be a long-running controversy.'-The Spectator 'Gow has a fire in his belly. We need more like him.'-BBC Wildlife Magazine A Waterstones Best Nature Writing Book of 2020 'Bringing Back the Beaver is a hilarious, eccentric and magnificent account of a struggle . . . to reintroduce a species crucial to the health of our ecosystems.'-George Monbiot Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow's inspirational and often riotously funny first-hand account of how the movement to rewild beavers into the British landscape became the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s - in the face of outright opposition from government, landowning elites and even some conservation professionals - Gow has imported, quarantined and assisted the reestablishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland. With a foreword by bestselling author of Wilding, Isabella Tree, Bringing Back the Beaver makes a passionate case as to why the return of one of nature's great problem solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for the UK's growing flooding problems, whilst ensuring the creation of essential landscapes that enable the broadest spectrum of Britain's wildlife to thrive. 'It is wonderful to see that beavers are now officially back on the list of native species, having been absent for so long . . . far too long!'-Dame Judi Dench

Aeglidae - Life History and Conservation Status of Unique Freshwater Anomuran Decapods (Paperback): Aeglidae - Life History and Conservation Status of Unique Freshwater Anomuran Decapods (Paperback)
R1,081 Discovery Miles 10 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Aeglidae focuses on these unique crustaceans who are endemic to South America. The book is the first to summarize the diverse aspects of the Aeglidae, whose taxonomic features and phylogenetic relationships, evolutionary history and biogeographical background, biological characteristics, and current conservation awareness make them stand out among all other decapods. Addresses the morphology, taxonomy, and phylogenetics that characterize the Aegla and their relationship to other decapod taxa Provides in-depth treatment of the evolutionary history, biogeography, reproduction, developmental biology, and the life cycle of the Aeglidae Discusses their physiology, ecology and behavior, including physiological mechanisms associated with freshwater adaptation, population dynamics, trophic ecology, agonistic and non-agonistic behavior Covers the current conservation status of all known species of aeglids, major threats to them, the use of aeglids as flagships or umbrella species, and conservation action planning Edited by internationally distinguished leaders in this field. This will be an important reference not only for carcinologists working with this family of decapods, but also readers interested in the evolution, biogeography, taxonomy, phylogenetics, physiology, and reproductive ecology.

Endless Forms - The Secret World of Wasps (Hardcover): Seirian Sumner Endless Forms - The Secret World of Wasps (Hardcover)
Seirian Sumner
R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'A funny and beautifully written welcome to the enigmatic, weird and wonderful world of wasps' DAVE GOULSON, author of SILENT EARTH There may be no insect with a worse reputation than the wasp, and none guarding so many undiscovered wonders. Where bees and ants have long been the darlings of the insect world, wasps are much older, cleverer and more diverse. They are the bee's evolutionary ancestors - flying 100 million years earlier - and today they are just as essential for the survival of our environment. A bee, ecologist Professor Seirian Sumner argues, is just a wasp that has forgotten how to hunt. For readers of Entangled Life, Other Minds and The Gospel of Eels, this is a book to upturn your expectations about one overlooked animal and the wider architecture of our natural world. With endless surprises, this book might teach you about the wasps that spend their entire lives sealed inside a fig, about stinging wasps, about parasitic wasps, about wasps that turn cockroaches into living zombies, about how wasps taught us to make paper. It offers up a maligned insect in all its diverse, unexpected splendour; as both predator and pollinator, the wasp is an essential pest controller worldwide. Inside their sophisticated social worlds is the best model we have for the earth's major evolutionary transitions. In their understudied biology are clues to progressing medicine, including a possible cure for cancer. The closer you look at these spurned, winged insects - both custodians and bouncers of our planet - the more you see. Their secrets have so far gone mostly untapped, but the potential of the wasp is endless.

The Good Boy's Guide to Being Good - Master Your Humans and Live Your Best Puppin' Life (Hardcover): Brussels Sprout The Good Boy's Guide to Being Good - Master Your Humans and Live Your Best Puppin' Life (Hardcover)
Brussels Sprout
R311 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R117 (38%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Good Boy's Guide to Being Good is an entertaining account of a dog trying to understand his human and live his best life. Written from the point of view of Sprout, an "Insta-famous" dog who pushes a tiny shopping cart amongst other tricks, it uses humorous real-life anecdotes to provide a light-hearted take on how to raise a well-behaved dog, brought to life with adorable and entertaining photos of Sprout in all walks of life. Sprout's 'wisdom' covers understanding and successfully living alongside humans, progresses to navigating the outside world and learning manners, and culminates with a few simple yet unique tricks. Each tip is accompanied by a human translation to break down the actual principle Sprout is describing so that dog owners can apply the wisdom to their own pets. A funny and fresh take on how to look after your dog, The Good Boy's Guide to Being Good is the perfect gift for any dog lover or owner, new or old, who wants a little insight into how to care for their canine companions.

Elephants - Birth, Death and Family in the Land of the Giants (Paperback): Hannah Mumby Elephants - Birth, Death and Family in the Land of the Giants (Paperback)
Hannah Mumby
R320 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R64 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Elephants are as unique as people. They can be clever and curious or headstrong and impulsive, shy or sociable. Learn to know them as individuals as well as a species in this evocative account of years spent studying elephant behaviour in the wild.

Watching a family out for a swim on a hot day, Dr Hannah Mumby notes grandmothers, mothers, sisters and children exchanging noisy greetings, a consistent stream of close-range vocalisations, intermittent touching, co-operative herding of babies and frequent stopping for snacks. A close and interconnected family. But in this family, the adults weigh several tons each and the babies wave trunks playfully at one another. This is a herd of elephants.

That elephants are intelligent, sentient beings is common knowledge, but so much about their day-to-day lives and abilities remains unknown. How do they communicate with one another over seemingly impossible distances? How do males spend their lives once they have left their mothers’ herds? And how much do they really remember?

In this lyrically written and deeply personal account of several years of field research, Mumby reverently describes her own elephant encounters, alongside an exploration of the most up-to-date discoveries about the lives of these gentle giants. Learn how elephants live, travel, mate, raise children and relate to one another, and reflect on how they think and feel. Understanding elephants as individuals closes the gap between human and animal and has powerful applications in the critical field of elephant conservation.

The Rise and Reign of the Mammals - A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us (Hardcover): Steve Brusatte The Rise and Reign of the Mammals - A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us (Hardcover)
Steve Brusatte
R499 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R79 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The passing of the age of the dinosaurs allowed mammals to become ascendant. But mammals have a much deeper history. They - or, more precisely, we - originated around the same time as the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago; mammal roots lie even further back, some 325 million years. Over these immense stretches of geological time, mammals developed their trademark features: hair, keen senses of smell and hearing, big brains and sharp intelligence, fast growth and warm-blooded metabolism, a distinctive line-up of teeth (canines, incisors, premolars, molars), mammary glands that mothers use to nourish their babies with milk, qualities that have underlain their success story. Out of this long and rich evolutionary history came the mammals of today, including our own species and our closest cousins. But today's 6,000 mammal species - the egg-laying monotremes including the platypus, marsupials such as kangaroos and koalas that raise their tiny babies in pouches, and placentals like us, who give birth to well-developed young - are simply the few survivors of a once verdant family tree, which has been pruned both by time and mass extinctions. In The Rise and Reign of the Mammals, palaeontologist Steve Brusatte weaves together the history and evolution of our mammal forebears with stories of the scientists whose fieldwork and discoveries underlie our knowledge, both of iconic mammals like the mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers of which we have all heard, and of fascinating species that few of us are aware of. For what we see today is but a very limited range of the mammals that have existed; in this fascinating and ground-breaking book, Steve Brusatte tells their - and our - story.

Bats - Their biology and behaviour (Paperback): Tony Hutson Bats - Their biology and behaviour (Paperback)
Tony Hutson
R376 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R42 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Tony Hutson illuminates the nocturnal world of bats and examines how they have adapted to habitats in every corner of the world. Beginning with the fossil record and what it reveals about their relationship to other mammals, Hutson discusses their unique aerodynamics and their extraordinary feats of echolocation. He discusses their life cycle, diet and foraging strategy, breeding, roosting, and migration patterns as well as their predators, parasites, and man-made threats to their ecosystem. Bats are long-lived mammals which can form enormous colonies containing tens of millions of creatures, a concentration of mammals paralleled only by human cities. Topically, the book looks at the viruses harboured and tolerated by bats and their impact on humans. The book also contains an appendix of bat families and subfamilies and gives details of the number of genera or species, distribution, size, roost habitat and diet.

Mammals Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback): Lee Gutteridge, Louis Liebenberg Mammals Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback)
Lee Gutteridge, Louis Liebenberg
R350 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Tracking is a much-loved, yet difficult, subject that attracts at least some of the attention of almost every bush-goer who ventures into the wild places of southern Africa. The ability to accurately read difficult, partial or little-seen signs left in the soil or sand is rare and largely the domain of professionals. However, by making use of a comprehensive guide, anyone who applies him- or herself can begin to decipher these natural hieroglyphs etched on the ground. In this volume, Louis Liebenberg's highly accurate sketches of animal tracks, showing all the details one would find in a perfect example of the spoor, are combined with a wide selection of extremely varied photographs that explain the difficult truth of the matter, and represent what you are most likely to actually see in the many different substrates where the animals walk. This field guide to mammal tracks and signs also serves as an ID guide to the mammals of southern Africa as full colour photographs of each animal are included.

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