Download E-books Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend, and Lives PDF

By Barbara Holland

What's relatively happening in the back of these luminous tom cat eyes?

Affectionate but aloof, clever and inquisitive but dangerously careless, the more-or-less domesticated condominium cat intrigues us as no different animal can. Now Barbara Holland bargains cat fanatics a desirable, humorous, and refreshingly candid examine their pussycat partners: their historical past, lore, and secrets and techniques, and their complex relatives with humans and with each one other.

Secrets of the Cat is a full of life appreciation of cats as we all know and love them, with witty research and clean observations approximately tom cats either low and high. listed below are Winston Churchill’s ginger tom, who attended cupboard conferences; Teddy Roosevelt’s cat, Slippers, who got here to dinner; or even the author’s personal George II, who was once bitten through a mouse and followed through a blue jay. Barbara Holland’s hot, vibrant speculations on cats’ lives and times—on their social, psychic, and mythological legacy, and their impenetrable mysteries—will provide readers a pleasant cat’s-eye view of the world.

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Download E-books A Critical Companion to Zoosemiotics:: People, Paths, Ideas (Biosemiotics) PDF

By Dario Martinelli

A serious better half of zoosemiotics is the 1st try and systematise the research of animal communique and signification via its most vital and/or troublesome phrases and ideas, and its so much consultant students. it's a significant other, in that it makes an attempt to hide the total variety of keyword phrases within the box, and it is important, in that it goals not just to explain, but in addition to debate, problematise and, every so often, get to the bottom of, those phrases.

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Download E-books Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time—A True Story about Birdwatching PDF

As a self-proclaimed twitcher—a birdwatching extremist who travels round the kingdom attempting to capture a glimpse of as many species of birds as possible—the writer took a 12 months off in 2002 with the aim of seeing seven hundred birds and thereby breaking the nationwide checklist for many birds obvious in a single yr. during this a laugh memoir, he recounts his quest, together with how he spent all of his inheritance from the premature loss of life of his mom and dad to make his dream a truth. Populated via strange characters and engaging species of birds, this half confessional–part travelogue for either chook nerds and the final inhabitants follows the writer as he works out what it potential to be common regardless of his surprisingly avid compulsion towards twitching.

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Download E-books Cow: A Bovine Biography PDF

By Doris Ecker

She is far and wide: as a car for either farmers and advertisers, a topic for study scientists and poets, and ever-present within the kind of fortunate charms, kid's toys, or just as a delectable sandwich-filler. the feminine of the bovine species is respected as sacred or reviled as silly, yet something she by no means conjures up is indifference. After greater than 10000 years residing along us, she continues to be a beguiling secret. Combining a myriad of richly unique anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Florian Werner offers the curious cultural heritage of that the majority interesting of animals: the cow.

Since evolving from the aurochs, an ungulate that grazed the Persian grasslands, the cow has embedded itself into almost all points of our lives. Cow is the 1st booklet to examine the animal in its numerous manifestations in cultures worldwide. Werner examines cows' function in trade as an early type of foreign money and their position on our plates and in our stomachs within the kind of meat and dairy items. Florian Werner examines how cows are worshipped in a few circles, corresponding to in Hindu mythology, and abhorred in others, at the present time being vilified as an agent of weather switch. And he waxes philosophic concerning the importance of the cow's rumination and cud chewing, in addition to her basic yet significant moo.

Combining thorough examine with an available writing kind, Florian Werner deals readers an eye-opening standpoint in this commodified animal, whose lifestyles is inextricably intertwined with ours and which we too usually take for granted.

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Download E-books The Twyning PDF

By Terence Blacker

In a harsh and unsafe global, a rat and a boy needs to each one decide upon their approach as their fates develop into inextricably linked.

Efren is a tender rat, neglected and timid one of the country of rats residing within the London sewers. while the king dies, leaving the dominion in upheaval, purely Efren dares to trip into the human global, the place he discovers a human doctor’s plan to smash London’s complete rat inhabitants. in the meantime, Peter, differently referred to as Dogboy, does atypical jobs for either the scheming health practitioner and town ratcatcher. yet his present for knowing animals — even rats — forces him to make a decision the place his allegiances actually lie. Dogboy and Efren, in addition to the waifish lady Caz and her puppy rat, Malaika, got down to try the strengths of friendship and loyalty opposed to the gut-wrenching cruelties of the area.

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Download E-books The Galápagos: A Natural History PDF

By Henry Nicholls

Charles Darwin referred to as it “a little international inside of itself.” Sailors talked about it as “Las Encantadas”— the enchanted islands. mendacity within the japanese Pacific Ocean, straddling the equator off the west coast of South the United States, the Galápagos is the main pristine archipelago to be came across wherever within the tropics. it's so distant, so untouched, that the act of wading ashore could make you are feeling such as you are the 1st to do so.

Yet the Galápagos is way greater than a wild paradise on earth—it is likely one of the most vital websites within the heritage of technological know-how. domestic to over 4,000 species local to its beaches, round forty percentage of them endemic, the islands have usually been known as a “laboratory of evolution.” The finches amassed at the Galápagos encouraged Darwin’s innovative idea of common selection.

In The Galápagos, technology author Henry Nicholls bargains a full of life usual and human background of the archipelago, charting its direction from abandoned barren region to organic trying out flooring and international ecotourism sizzling spot. Describing the island chain’s fiery geological origins in addition to our species’ lengthy historical past of interplay with the islands, he attracts brilliant photographs of the lifestyles kinds present in the Galápagos, taking pictures its awe-inspiring landscapes, understated plants, and wonderful natural world. Nicholls additionally unearths the titanic demanding situations dealing with the islands, which needs to always stability conservation and everencroaching development.

Beautifully weaving jointly common background, evolutionary idea, and his personal adventure at the islands, Nicholls exhibits that the tale of the Galápagos isn't really in basic terms an remoted drawback, yet displays the way forward for our species’ dating with nature—and the destiny of our planet.

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Download E-books Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas PDF

By Jim Ottaviani

Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the 3 maximum primatologists of the final century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. those 3 ground-breaking researchers have been all scholars of the good Louis Leakey, and every made profound contributions to primatology―and to our personal realizing of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in flip, and masking the highlights in their respective careers, Primates is an obtainable, exciting, and informative examine the sphere of primatology and on the lives of 3 of the main outstanding ladies scientists of the 20 th century. due to the fascinating and welcoming illustrations through Maris Wicks, this can be a nonfiction photo novel with huge appeal.

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Download E-books The Underneath PDF

By Kathi Appelt

there's not anything lonelier than a cat who has been enjoyed, no less than for your time, after which deserted at the facet of the line.

A calico cat, approximately to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep within the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to discover him within the wooded area, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this tom cat, this creature he's speculated to hate. they're an not going pair, approximately to turn into an not going relatives. Ranger urges the cat to conceal beneath the porch, to elevate her kittens there simply because Gar-Face, the guy residing contained in the apartment, would certainly use them as alligator bait may still he locate them. yet they're secure within the lengthy as they remain within the beneath.

Kittens, in spite of the fact that, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten's one second of interest units off a series of occasions that's staggering, extraordinary, and large in its that means. for everybody who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everybody who loves the haunting fantastic thing about writers comparable to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing but keenly candy story concerning the strength of affection -- and its contrary, hate -- the fragility of happiness and the significance of creating stable in your delivers.

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Download E-books Fillets of Plaice PDF

By Gerald Durrell

Durrell's hilarious and hot My relatives and different Animals (1957) started a trio of memories of his existence growing to be up with a marginally dotty kinfolk the overbearing and omniscient Larry; the affectionate and loving siblings, Margot and Leslie; and, after all, the overburdened and sufferer mom at the island of Corfu within the Thirties, while a pound may perhaps purchase a villa and existence used to be performed as a sequence of riotously excessive (and occasionally low) adventures. yet what shines via those 5 vignettes is the author's engagement with and vast affection for animals in all their varieties. From fish to chicken, from lizards to little water fleas (daphnia), Durrell's eye is acute and his prose is tart. you could learn this publication for the humor on my own (for he did understand his relatives as a few infrequent and rarefied species), yet among the traces you could figure the makings of a world-class naturalist and a cultivated and interesting author.

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