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Mammals of Wisconsin Field Guide
Mammals of Wisconsin Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1591931126

Identifying Wisconsin's mammals is now easy and enjoyable

With Stan Tekiela's famous field guide, mammal identification is simpler, more informative and productive. This book includes all 71 species of Wisconsin's mammals, from mice to moose. Detailed photographs and fact-filled information, including a compare feature, range maps, track patterns and scat photos, help to ensure that you positively identify the mammals that you see. Plus, with Stan's naturalist insights and gee-whiz facts, you'll become an expert on Wisconsin's mammals in no time

Bear Portraits
Bear Portraits
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0316031887

A top celebrity portrait photographer, Jill Greenberg has a unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her subjects - whether human or animal. Her portraits of bears, collected here for the first time, surprise and engage. We encounter cubs as cute as a child's Teddy, grizzlies that look like they might swallow you whole, and Polar bears seated in Sphinx-like tranquility. Full-grown brown bears, grizzlies, black bears, Polar bears, and bear cubs are photographed on location against a portrait backdrop. The poses and facial expressions are at turns oddly comedic, pensive, terrifying, and sometimes unexpectedly human. Alive with Greenberg's signature lighting and seen through the unique perspective of her lens, these startling bear portraits bring us face to face with our fears and fantasies.

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
Modoc
The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived
Paperback      ISBN: 0060929510

A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most remarkable true stories ever told, perfect for fans of The Zookeeper's Wife or Water for Elephants.

Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again: through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. As the African Sun-Times put it, Modoc is heartwarming...probably the greatest love story ever told.

Once I started this incomparable story, I couldn't put it down, and I cannot get it out of my mind--nor will I ever. The message of what can be accomplished by training through affection and joy will thrill all animal lovers. -- Betty White

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Animals in Translation
Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Paperback      ISBN: 0156031442
I don't know if people will ever be able to talk to animals the way Doctor Doolittle could, or whether animals will be able to talk back. Maybe science will have something to say about that. But I do know people can learn to talk to animals, and to hear what animals have to say, better than they do now. --From Animals in Translation

Why would a cow lick a tractor? Why are collies getting dumber? Why do dolphins sometimes kill for fun? How can a parrot learn to spell? How did wolves teach man to evolve? Temple Grandin draws upon a long, distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experiences with autism to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals act, think, and feel. She has a perspective like that of no other expert in the field, which allows her to offer unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas.

People with autism can often think the way animals think, putting them in the perfect position to translate animal talk. Grandin is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense and will forever change the way we think about animals.

*includes a Behavior and Training Troubleshooting Guide

Among its provocative ideas, the book:
argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness--and that animals do have consciousness applies the autism theory of hyper-specificity to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they can't see the forest for the trees--a talent as well as a deficit explores the interpreter in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them--a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearlyexplains how animals have superhuman skills: animals have animal geniuscompares animals to autistic savants, declaring that animals may in fact be autistic savants, with special forms of genius that normal people do not possess and sometimes cannot even see examines how humans and animals use their emotions to think, to decide, and even to predict the future reveals the remarkable abilities of handicapped people and animals maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
When Elephants Weep
The Emotional Lives of Animals
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385314256

Offers proof of the reality of emotions throughout the animal kingdom and evaluates humans' treatment of animals--from hunting to eating them--in light of this discovery

Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
Animals Make Us Human
Creating the Best Life for Animals
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0151014892

The best-selling animal advocate Temple Grandin offers the most exciting exploration of how animals feel since The Hidden Life of Dogs.
In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life--on their terms, not ours.
It's usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it's how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.
Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.
This is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Kinship With the Wolf: The Amazing Story of the Woman Who Lives With Wolves
Kinship With the Wolf
The Amazing Story of the Woman Who Lives With Wolves
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771308

A lavishly illustrated, heartfelt examination of the wolf as a spiritual and ecological role model

- Dispels the myths of the wolf as a "blood-thirsty predator"

- Shows the spiritual importance of connecting to the creatures of the natural world

- Tells the story of the author's 8 years of living with wolves at the L neburger Heide Wildlife Preserve in Germany

In the past, animals had worth to people only if they were edible, could carry heavy loads obediently, or had some other practical use. Recently, however, we have started to realize what we have lost through the extinction of so many wild creatures. Every step we take away from nature we pay for with a loss of understanding and wisdom. What we persecute and exterminate in the outer world we also eradicate in our souls. The highly stigmatized wolf, brought nearly to extinction by humans, is one part of our natural world whose value and wisdom we are just beginning to understand.

In Kinship with the Wolf, Tanja Askani reveals a new facet of relating to wolves and to the world as a whole. Unlike other wolf researchers who strive to dominate these "vicious predators" and who measure their success by how much the wolf pack obeys them, Askani bases her wolf relationships on broad respect and knowledge as well as extraordinary empathy and love. She reveals a new picture of the wolf as a highly intelligent, social, sensitive creature that brings inestimable value to healthy natural systems. Her respect for the pack's autonomous rules and her sensitivity to the wolves' changing feelings and moods clearly distinguishes her from others who work with wolves. Her ability to communicate with and relate to wolves is a model of how we can respond to the intelligent complexity of life with care, respect, and wisdom and how we can maintain an intensive connection to the natural world without exercising human dominance.
The Animal World of Albert Schweitzer: Jungle Insights into Reverence for Life
The Animal World of Albert Schweitzer
Jungle Insights into Reverence for Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0880014709

Albert Schweitzer was a man whose reverence for life extended even to the lowliest of insects. Long before the environment became a major political issue, Schweitzer criticized a Western philosophical tradition that restricted the realm of ethics to relationships between human beings. He passionately strove to define a morality that would encompass all of God's creation.
In The Animal World of Albert Schweitzer, the man remembered as the "jungle doctor" for his medical missionary service in central Africa reveals his personal and particular affection for a world where animals still ruled the landscape and humans moved among them at their peril. Here, among charming stories about the large and changing menagerie of injured and orphaned animals he cared for, are accounts of attacks on humans by leopards, crocodiles, hippos, pythons and other creatures - relayed by a doctor acutely aware of the suffering of both man and beast.
These anecdotes culminate in a group of brief, moving essays and meditations in which Schweitzer seeks to place humanity's legitimate self-interest within the larger context of a natural world in which all life is sacred. In this time of heated animal rights activism and heightened environmental awareness, Albert Schweitzer's observations reveal him to be a man of concrete moral intelligence - and thoroughly contemporary in his concerns.

Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels
Outwitting Squirrels
101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1556523025

Illustrates and explains a series of strategems to keep squirrels from eating and ruining yards and gardens when more traditional tactics fail.

Monkeys on the Interstate: And Other Tales from America's Favorite Zookeeper
Monkeys on the Interstate
And Other Tales from America's Favorite Zookeeper
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385247311