The Wild Cat Book

The Wild Cat Book

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From the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, to the prophet Muhammada€™s favorite cat, Muezza, and our contemporary obsession with online cat videos, felines have long held a place of honor in their human counterpartsa€™ homes and cultures. But the domestic cat is just one of many feline species, and in The Wild Cat Book cat experts Fiona and Mel Sunquist introduce us to the full panoply of the purring, roaring feline tribe. Illustrated throughout with Terry Whittakera€™s spectacular color photographs as well as unique photos from biologists in the fielda€”some the highest quality images ever captured of exceptionally rare speciesa€”The Wild Cat Book not only tantalizes with the beauty of cats, but also serves as a valuable and accessible reference on cat behavior and conservation. Comprehensive entries for each of the thirty-seven cat species include color distribution maps and up-to-date information related to the speciesa€™ IUCN conservation and management statuses, while informative sidebars reveal why male lions have manes (and why dark manes are sexiest), how cats see with their whiskers, the truth behind our obsession with white lions and tigers, and why cats cana€™t be vegetarians. The Wild Cat Book also highlights the grave threats faced by the worlda€™s wild catsa€”from habitat destruction to human persecution. From the extraordinary acrobatics of the arboreal margaya€”able to cling to a tree branch by a single paw thanks to its unusually flexible anklesa€”to modern declines in African lion populations, The Wild Cat Book is an instructive and revealing ode to felines of every size and color. Combining science, behavioral observations, and stunning photography, this book will captivate cat fanciers the world over.One of the most striking differences between ocelots and margays is their fur texture. ... These characteristics, combined with the fact that females usually give birth to only one young at a time, make this cat a potentially vulnerable species.

Title:The Wild Cat Book
Author:Fiona Sunquist, Mel Sunquist
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2014-10-02


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