By Janine M. Benyus
Unlock the secrets and techniques at the back of the habit of the world's so much attention-grabbing creatures? from the Adélie penguin to the plains zebra to the large panda?in this splendidly written, superbly illustrated book.
In The mystery Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us contained in the animal nation and exhibits us the whys and the hows in the back of the targeted habit of creatures nice and small of their usual environments.
Divided geographically into 5 sections?Africa, Asia, North the USA, the oceans, and the poles?the e-book examines and describes the habit, physique language, and styles of conversation of 20 various animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, better flamingo, Nile crocodile, substantial panda, peacock, Komodo video display, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, grey wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar undergo, and Adélie penguin.
For every one animal, Benyus describes and explains simple behaviors (locomotion, feeding, ingesting, bathing, grooming, sleeping), conversation habit (greeting, social play, crew protection, clash, aggression/submission, combating, courtship, copulation), and parenting habit (birth, care and feeding, educating, communal care).
The publication is illustrated all through with gentle but exact line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly catch every little thing from altering facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and competitive interactions. The textual content, too, is either intimate and informative, taking into consideration a deep reference to, and an exceptional admiration for, each of the animals.
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Extra resources for Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior
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