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By Maurice Hulle, Philippe Vernon. 2021
The sub-Antarctic islands are remote and isolated environments with original flora and fauna composed of a few species that are…highly adapted to cold oceanic conditions. Their peculiar naturalness makes these ecosystems intrinsically fragile.This book focuses on terrestrial ecosystems and, in particular, on invertebrates - earthworms, mollusks, spiders and insects - that inhabit the French sub-Antarctic islands of the South Indian Ocean. All native and introduced species are presented in the form of individual fact sheets, which include the main identification criteria, geographical distribution and principal ecological traits. Numerous summary tables, distribution maps of introduced species, and a discussion on the originality and vulnerability of this fauna are also included.The Terrestrial Macroinvertebrates of the Sub-Antarctic Iles Kerguelen and Ile de la Possession is based on an expansive literature base, as well as on observations and photographs taken as part of a research program funded by the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV). The book also gives an important part to the history of the discoveries of the different species, as well as current conservation issues.
By Stephen Foster. 2008
Ollie was just about cured of his basketcase habits; the neurotic lurcher at last appeared to have his paws planted…firmly on the ground (well, almost). But did Stephen Foster take a well-earned rest? Not. He decided one thing was missing from Ollie's life, someone who could really understand him, a friend with whom he could have dog-to-dog chats. ? If you must get another dog get a girl, the experts told Foster. So he got a boy, a pure-bred Saluki lunatic called Dylan. As soon as the new puppy peered through the door, Ollie threw his master a look of contemptuous disbelief that said, ? I refuse to have anything whatsoever to do with this. You're on your own, pal. The riotously funny Along came Dylan takes up where Foster's bestselling Walking Ollie left off, but instead of one canine conundrum, he's got two: Dylan, the outlaw, proves to be virtually untrainable; Ollie, feeling threatened, becomes increasingly antisocial, and Foster is caught in the middle wondering why man's best friends can't just be friends.
By Catherine Raven. 2021
A solitary woman’s inspiring, moving, surprising, and often funny memoir about the transformative power of her unusual friendship with a…wild fox, a new window into the natural world, and the introduction of a remarkable literary talent.Catherine Raven left home at fifteen, fleeing an abusive, disdainful father and an indifferent mother. More comfortable in nature than among people, she worked as a National Park ranger, eventually earning a PhD in biology. She built a house on an isolated plot of land in Montana, teaching remotely and leading field classes. One day, she realized that the mangy-looking fox who had been appearing on her property was now showing up every day at 4:15 p.m. She had never had a regular visitor before. How do you even talk to a fox? So, she brought out her camping chair, sat as close to him as she dared, and began reading to him from The Little Prince. Her scientific training had taught her not to anthropomorphize animals, but as she grew to know him, his personality revealed itself—and he became her friend. But friends cannot always save each other from the uncontained forces of nature. Fox and I is a poignant and dramatic tale of friendship, transformation, and coping with inevitable loss—and of how that loss can become meaningful. It is also the introduction of an original, imaginative, stunning literary voice.
By Chris Pascoe. 2006
You can take a cat to water but you can't make it think. Last summer, Chris Pascoe decided to do…something monumentally stupid. He decided to stay at home with his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Maya and disaster-prone tabby Birmingham, Brum for short. And also with Brum's rather vicious live-in-partner-girl-cat Sammy, who he intended mainly not to wake. Let biting cats lie. Why he believed time with Brum would, with all the years of contrary evidence, be quality he's not at all sure . . .The result is a series of tales of death-defying feats. Paddling pools, gazebos, small birds and kitchens - all aspects of normal life can take a dangerous turn with the presence of Brum. Pascoe tries to train the tabby, restrain the tabby and even researches the stories of other danger cats in a bid to keep Brum alive a bit longer. And amazingly, despite the efforts of his exuberant two-year-old with a plastic mallet, he still is.
By Cesar Millan. 2008
For current dog owners or those thinking about getting a dog, this is the ultimate guidebook covering all of the…essentials and answering all of the most commonly asked questions about living with and caring for a healthy, happy dog. Including how to: - select the right breed, and more importantly, the right energy for your own unique needs- introduce your new dog to your family, especially children, and other pets- set the rules of the house- learn to fulfill your dog's needs, not just your own- understand what your dog is trying to tell you through his or her behaviour- learn to manage a dog with 'issues'- find the right vetand much more! Filled with photographs, clear instructions, and resources for every dilemma, this book will give families everything they need to build a long and satisfying life with their new best friend.
By Dr David Dosa. 2010
The extraordinary – and true – story of a cat with a remarkable giftIn the summer of 2007 Oscar the…cat made headlines around the world. Why? Because he knows when the patients in the Rhode Island hospice where he lives are going to die. Oscar curls up on their beds, keeps them company and enables the families to be with their loved ones at the end. Dr David Dosa's job is to respond to people's medical needs, treat them for their ailments and communicate with their families. Oscar takes care of the rest. He is a steady companion and, because of him, patients don't die alone. Can a cat really predict death? Is he smelling something or responding to behavioural clues? Is he helping guide souls to heaven? Oscar's warm and profound story is heartfelt, sometimes even funny, but always inspiring.
By Chrissie Manby. 2004
He's the King of the Swingers. But she's the Ice Queen.When Dr Jennifer Niederhauser becomes head of the chimpanzee project…at Prowdes Animal Sanctuary, the uptight young zoologist looks forward to making her mark in the conservation world. But the regime is ramshackle, the chimpanzees uncontrollable and her first meeting with head keeper Guy Gibson finds him naked and covered in baby oil.She decides never to work with animals or the childish again. But she may not have a job for much longer anyway - Prowdes is in big financial trouble.Hope comes in the form of a TV documentary. Prowdes needs the money and exposure but there's a problem. The show's presenter, chimpanzee expert Dr Timothy Lauder, is Jennifer's ex-boyfriend. Things could get hairy. . .Praise for Chrissie Manby'A fast-track, fun romance full of monkey business' - Daily Mail'A deliciously comical novel' - Heat
By Elaine Everest. 2009
Competing at dog shows is an excellent way for the family - both young and old alike - to enjoy…a hobby together. Many people enter this sport first with a family pet as a fun day out and then move on to more serious competition at championship level. The ultimate goal for most newcomers is to qualify for Crufts and perhaps even win the much coveted Best in Show award. This book takes you step by step through the process of what is required to enjoy showing a dog. It will tell you: - How to choose a good quality pedigree puppy and understand its health requirements - How to train and prepare from day one through to that first dog show - How to enter a show and what to expect - Where to go and when at the dog show, and what to do in the show ring - What clubs, committees and support are available for the novice exhibitor - How to qualify for Crufts and what to expect upon arriving at the World's Greatest Dog Show - What the next step is and whether to purchase another dog, breed a litter or even train to be a judge.Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Starting out; 2. Learning to Show 3. Grooming and Presentation; 4. Entering a Show; 5. Travelling with Dogs; 6. The Day of the Show; 7. Rules and Etiquette; 8. Awards and Prizes; 9. Major Champonship Shows; 10. What Next?; The Rainbow Bridge; Glossary; Useful Information; Index.
The phenomenal number one bestseller, which sold over twenty million copies and was made into a classic film starring Robert…Redford and Scarlett Johansson. This stunning 25th anniversary edition features exclusive new content from Nicholas Evans.'A love story, a gripping adventure and an emotionally charged tale of redemption and human strength' Cosmopolitan'Brilliance pervades this five-handkerchief weepie' The Times'Wild horses couldn't drag me from this . . . a tear-jerking page-turner' Daily Mail____________________When Grace Maclean and her beloved horse, Pilgrim, are hit by a truck one snow-covered morning, their destinies become inextricably bound to one another. Though both manage to survive the tragedy, the impact on their lives is devastating; both horse and girl are traumatised and profoundly changed. Beside herself with worry, Grace's mother, Annie Macean, hears about a man called Tom Brooker, a 'whisperer' said to possess the gift of healing troubled horses. He is her last hope and she decides to abandon her life in upstate New York, setting off across the continent with Grace and Pilgrim to find him. This journey, under the sweeping Montana sky, will change all their lives for ever . . .____________________What everyone's saying about The Horse Whisperer:'A book that couldn't have been written any better. Nicholas Evans spins a heart wrenching epic love story . . . Buy it, borrow it or steal it. But don't miss this gem for anything' Five stars, Goodreads reviewer'A beautiful story, beautifully told. If you've seen the movie, do yourself a favour and read the book. The reading experience will make the movie version even better' Five stars, Goodreads reviewer'Easily in my top 5 books I have ever read . . . Some parts of the story were devastating and some parts were magical. If you aren't scared to feel all of the feelings, read this. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out' Five stars, Goodreads reviewer'This has to be one of the best books I have ever read and it had me hooked from the first page . . . If you have seen the film then I beg you to read this book because the director truly hasn't done this amazing story justice!' Five stars, Amazon reviewer
By Elaine Everest. 2010
Every dog owner wants the best for their pet. Commercial dog foods and biscuits contain colourings, flavour enhancers and preservatives…that are just as unlikely to be good for our pets as they are for us. The only way we can know that our beloved dog is getting a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet is if we prepare their food ourselves. In this book, Elaine Everest provides over 100 tasty and nutritional recipes for every occasion, from main meals cooked with organic ingredients to kibble and mixer biscuit substitutes and delicious biscuits and treats to supplement their diet. There are even recipes for cakes that can be specially baked to celebrate birthdays and other fun occasions. Healthy treats that will keep dogs lean and fit. Easy to prepare daily meals, even for the non-cooks amongst us. Easy to make training titbits, plus recipes to cook and freeze Cooling snacks for hot days. Vegetarian meals, slimming meals and special diets for happy hounds. With this handy book you'll never again need to purchase mass produced treats for your dog - and you'll save money too.Contents: Acknowledgements; 1. Why Cook for Our Dogs?; 2. Biscuits and Everyday Treats 3. Cook and Freeze; 4. Daily Recipes; 5. Birthdays and Celebration Food; 6. Training Treats 7. Kibble and Mixer Biscuit; 8. Fundraising and Presents; 9. Hot Dog Coolers; 10. Weight Control and Other Diets; 11. Sauces and Gravies; 12. Foods that Are Dangerous for Dogs; Appendix 1: Oven Temperatures; Appendix 2: Recommended Retailers and Books; Index.
By Paul Peacock. 2009
"The Urban Hen" is the perfect companion for the city poultry keeper and shows you how to maintain a happy,…healthy garden or backyard flock in towns and cities. Paul Peacock shows you how to: find the best poultry for the small garden and house them properly, feed your birds, tune in to their daily needs and enjoy your own eggs; avoid annoying the neighbours by showing that it is possible to keep poultry without attracting unwelcome pests; recognise healthy happy birds and learn their daily routine; recognise poorly hens; treat them or get help; and, incubate and care for fertilised eggs and raise chicks.
By Dr Nick Trout. 2009
It's 2:47am when Dr Nick Trout, a British vet working in Boston, USA, is abruptly woken and called in to…the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital to see if he can save the life of Sage, a ten year-old German Shephard with a critical stomach condition. The case is severe, the outlook bleak, and Dr Trout is her only chance. So begins an intimate and exhilarating journey into a typical day in a far from typical job.TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS takes the reader to the heart of the trials and tribulations of life as a veterinary surgeon, a life filled with heartbreak, triumph, anxiety, and of course, cuddly pets and their variously crazy, desperate, and demanding owners. The day's events come alive with Trout's breezy and companionable narration, and while he illustrates many of the issues pertinent to 21st century pet medicine, at its heart, the book reminds us that while the technology may have moved on from James Herriot's day, the essential characters, humour, and humanity remain the same as ever.
By Simon Barnes. 2012
By Jane Urquhart. 2010
Solitary, nostalgic Liz Crane returns to her family's now-deserted farmhouse to study the migratory habits of the Monarch butterfly. A…rich family history - all the anecdotes and blarney of successful Irish immigrants - is now tainted with sadness. Her cousin Amanda, a gifted military strategist, has been killed in Afghanistan, a loss foreshadowed by the earlier disappearance of her charismatic father. Reflecting on the fragility and transcience of human life and relations - mirrored in the Monarchs' restless flight - Liz finds that love is there to be found where you least expect it.
Most people care about animals, but only a tiny fraction are vegan. The rest often think of veganism as an…extreme position. They certainly do not believe that they have a moral obligation to become vegan.Gary L. Francione—the leading and most provocative scholar of animal rights theory and law—demonstrates that veganism is a moral imperative and a matter of justice. He shows that there is a contradiction in thinking that animals matter morally if one is also not vegan, and he explains why this belief should logically lead all who hold it to veganism. Francione dismantles the conventional wisdom that it is acceptable to use and kill animals as long as we do so “humanely.” He argues that if animals matter morally, they must have the right not to be used as property. That means that we cannot eat them, wear them, use them, or otherwise treat them as resources or commodities.Why Veganism Matters presents the case for the personhood of nonhuman animals and for veganism in a clear and accessible way that does not require any philosophical or legal background. This book offers a persuasive and powerful argument for all readers who care about animals but are not sure whether they have a moral obligation to be vegan.
By Simon Barnes. 2012
Look out of the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. Congratulations. You are now a bad birdwatcher. Anyone who has…ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, inspiring, eye-opening book, Simon Barnes paints a riveting picture of how bird-watching has framed his life and can help us all to a better understanding of our place on this planet. How to be a bad birdwatcher shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.
By Sy Montgomery, Keith Ellenbogen. 2015
With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be…an alien, an inhabitant of another world. It's baggy, boneless body sprouts eight arms covered with thousands of suckers--suckers that can taste as well as feel. The octopus also has the powers of a superhero: it can shape-shift, change color, squirt ink, pour itself through the tiniest of openings, or jet away through the sea faster than a swimmer can follow. But most intriguing of all, octopuses--classed as mollusks, like clams--are remarkably intelligent with quirky personalities. This book, an inquiry into the mind of an intelligent invertebrate, is also a foray into our own unexplored planet. These thinking, feeling creatures can help readers experience and understand our world (and perhaps even life itself) in a new way.
By Jeremy Wade. 2011
A tale of obsession and very big fish from Jeremy Wade, the presenter of ITV's RIVER MONSTERS.Over ten feet long,…it weighs in at nearly a quarter of a ton. Covering its back are armoured plates made of bone. Five hundred stiletto-sharp teeth line its long crocodilian jaws. It's a prehistoric beast of staggering proportions; a fearsome creature from the time of the dinosaurs.But the Alligator Gar, an air-breathing survivor from the Cretaceous period is still with us today, patrolling inland rivers, hunting in murky waters shared by human communities.And for Jeremy Wade, described as the 'greatest angling explorer of his generation', the Gar and other outlandish freshwater predators have been an obsession for all his adult life. With names like Arapaima, Snakehead, Goonch, Goliath Tigerfish and Electric Eel, many of them have acquired an almost mythical status.In a quest that has taken him from the Amazon to the Congo, and from North America to the mountains of India, Wade has pursued the truth about these little known, often misunderstood animals. Along the way he's survived a plane crash, malaria and a fish-inflicted blow to the chest that, according to a later scan, caused permanent scarring to his heart.In RIVER MONSTERS, Wade delivers a sometimes jaw-dropping blend of adventure, natural history, legend and detective work. It reads like a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. But it's all true. These are fisherman's tales like you've never heard before. The stories of the ones that didn't get away ...
By Steve Backshall. 2011
Join DEADLY presenter Steve Backshall as he comes face to face with the world's deadliest animals, in a book packed…with fascinating facts, killer statistics and stunning photographs. Combined with his own incredible experiences with creatures, large and small, Steve reveals tricks of camouflage, feats of strength, endurance, teamwork and speed, as well as giving us a glimpse into the lives of extremeophiles and looking at some of our planet's endangered species.
By Elaine Everest. 2011
A new puppy in the family is an exciting time for young and old alike. The arrival of this cute…little bundle of fur and joy will capture your heart. But a puppy also brings with it responsibilities and some challenges. This book guides you through every aspect of choosing and owning your puppy and nurturing it into the obedient, loving, loyal, fully grown dog that will be a credit to you or your family: * How and where to find the best breeder. * Providing bedding, a sleeping area and safe toys. * Basic house training and play suggestions from day one. * Micro chipping and pet safety and health. * Supervising children and dogs. * Obedience training. * Showing your dog. * Coping with illness and bereavement. / With additional comments and advice from other dog owners, this book is a must for anyone considering buying - or just about to buy - a new puppy.