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By Charles Micucci. 1995
Covers the life cycle of the honeybee, introducing the three types of bees and their specific jobs within the colony.…Also explains how they make honey, shows how beekeepers help in the production, and discusses the various types of honey. Includes a history of bees beginning in the age of dinosaurs. For grades 2-4 and older readers
By T. J. Pandian. 2022
This book represents the first attempt to quantify environmental factors and life history traits that accelerate or decelerate species diversity…in animals. About 15%, 8% and 77% of species are distributed in marine (70% of earth’s surface), freshwater (terra firma fosters more diversity. The harsh hadal, desert and elevated montane habitats restrict diversity to 0.5-4.2%. Costing more time and energy, osmotrophic and suspension modes of food acquisition limit diversity to Selfing hermaphrodites (0.9%), parthenogens ( Incidence of heterogamety is four-times more in males than in females. Hence, evolution is more a male-driven process. Egg size is determined by environmental factors, but lecithality is genetically fixed. In poikilotherms, sex is also determined by gene(s), but differentiation by environmental factors. The extra-ovarian vitellogenesis (> 96%), spermatozoan (81%) rather than spermatophore mechanism of sperm transfer, promiscuity and polygamy over monogamy, iteroparity (99.6%) over semelparity and internal fertilization (84%) are preferred, as they accelerate diversity. Body size and egg size determine fecundity. Indirect life cycle (82%) and incorporation of feeding larval stages accelerate diversity. Brooding and viviparity (6.4%) decelerate it. Parasitism extends life span and liberates fecundity from eutelism. Evolution is an ongoing process, and speciation and extinction are its unavoidable by-products. The in-built conservation mechanism of reviving life after a sleeping duration has been reduced from a few million years in microbial spores to a few thousand years in plant seeds and a few hundred years in dormant eggs in animals. Hence, animal conservation requires priority. The existence of temperature-resistant/insensitive individuals, strains and species shall flourish during the ongoing global warming and earth shall continue with such burgeoning species, hopefully inclusive of man.
By Eric Carle. 1997
The author/illustrator of such books as The Very Hungry Caterpillar (DB 24609) tells about animals and insects, friends and relatives,…and himself in Germany during his childhood and World War II; also brief sketches of life after his arrival in the United States. For grades 4-7
By Graham Lord, Russell Lord. 1997
Offers a glimpse into the life of Alf Wight, known as James Herriot. Moves from his childhood through his veterinary…school years and provides more fact about Wight's life as a vet than the somewhat fictionalized pieces seen in his books, such as All Creatures Great and Small (RC 06096)
By James K Wangberg, James K. Wangberg, Ellen Parker. 1997
An entomologist answers 210 questions about insects asked by school children. The queries cover topics such as abundance and existence,…body parts and functions, homes and habitats, food for insects and insects as food, and health and safety. Sections on supervised projects are included. For grades 4-7
By Ian Tattersall. 1998
Examines the evolutionary process evident in fossils and other archaeological records to trace human development. Considers distinguishing characteristics of Homo…sapiens--creative ability, cognitive power, and the potential for abstract and symbolic thought. Questions why scientists still cannot pinpoint how, when, where, or why the extraordinary human consciousness was acquired
By Daniel Cohen. 1995
Discusses the concept of captive breeding in zoos to prevent wildlife from becoming extinct. Describes programs working with the red…wolf, the condor, the peregrine falcon, the cheetah, and the panda to illustrate success in preventing the disappearance of species. For grades 4-7
By Leyi Wang. 2022
This detailed new edition compiles fully updated practical methodologies and approaches for diagnosticians and researchers working toward a better understanding…of animal coronaviruses. The book explores vital techniques in virus isolation, diagnostic approaches via the detection of viral nucleic acids or proteins, serology, disease-targeted animal species models, and next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. Written for the invaluable Springer Protocols Handbooks series, chapters contain readily reproducible laboratory protocols as well as expert tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Thorough and hands-on, Animal Coronaviruses, Second Edition will help readers design and carry out their increasingly important projects in clinical research, diagnostics, disease surveillance, and epidemiological study involving this family of viruses.
Companion Animal Behaviour Problems: Prevention and Management of Behaviour Problems in Veterinary Practice
By David Ryan, Jon Bowen, Emma Lightfoot, Dr Anne McBride, Clare Wilson, Caroline Bower, Francesca Riccomini, Claire Hargrave, David Appleby, Emily Blackwell, Julie Bedford, Caroline Warnes, Trudi Atkinson, Emma Brown, Amanda Roshier, Stephanie Hedges. 2022
Behaviour problems are a significant cause of companion animal relinquishment and euthanasia. This book provides up to date information about…animal behaviour as well as practical advice on how veterinary practice professionals can manage undesirable animal behaviour and give down to earth, appropriate and trusted advice to owners. This book: · Covers the important aspects of behaviour in dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents, parrots and birds, as well as how this behaviour has adapted to the domestic environment. · Discusses the role of the veterinary practice in improving the emotional experience of animals attending the veterinary practice, including practice design, socialisation classes for young animals and effective communication with owners. · Covers the clinical decision-making process in managing the signs of undesirable behaviour, appropriately handling pets in the practice to minimise distress, as well as: behavioural first aid, referral to a specialist, medical influences on behaviour and decisions about euthanasia. This practical and accessible book gives all the essential information needed by veterinary professionals in order to advise clients on the behaviour and well-being of animals in their care.
By W. Puck Brecher. 2022
This volume provides an historical overview of Japan's relationship with animals from ancient times to the 1950s. Its analysis serves…as a lens through which to scrutinize Japanese tradition and interrogate ahistorical claims about Japan’s culturally endemic empathy for the natural world. Departing from existing scholarship on the subject, the book also connects Japan’s much-maligned record of animal exploitation with its strong adherence to contextual, needs-based moral memory.
By Anna Claybourne. 2022
Extinction Planet offers young readers a clear, insightful look at Earth's wildlife extinction crisisIt is estimated that out of around…eight million species on Earth, at least one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and that the current rate of extinction is up to 100 times higher than in any previous mass extinction. And it's human activity that's largely responsible for this frightening decline.Extinction Planet takes a non-alarmist, but truthful, look at Earth's extinction crisis, explaining what a mass extinction is, how they occur and what their repercussions can be. It explores how, as humankind has caused this latest biodiversity crisis, we also have the solutions to slow or stop its damage, from reining in overconsumption, rewilding natural places, making farming more planet-friendly, preventing overfishing and seriously tackling climate change. It also suggests ways we can all live in a more planet-friendly way, from global changes such as investing in renewable energy sources, to individual actions such as buying sustainable products and eating less meat and fish.Following on from Plastic Planet, Hot Planet, Recycled Planet and Sustainable Planet, Extinction Planet features the same blend of illustrations and photos and a striking cover, and is written by the award-winning author Anna Claybourne.Aimed at readers aged 9 and up.
By Anna Claybourne. 2022
Sustainable Planet gives young readers a clear, insightful introduction to Earth's sustainability crisisSustainability is defined as 'development that meets the…needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. In the simplest terms, sustainability is about children and the world we will leave them.Earth is uniquely able to sustain life. Yet we are stripping it of its natural resources, polluting its land and waters and heating its atmosphere, with terrifying consequences. A more sustainable world is urgently needed - now.Sustainable Planet takes a non-alarmist, but truthful, look at the issue of sustainability and suggests ways we can all live in a more planet-friendly way, from global changes such as investing in renewable energy sources and carbon offsetting, to individual actions such as eating less meat and fish and avoiding plastic packaging that will empower young readers.Following on from the successful Plastic Planet, Hot Planet and Recycled Planet, Sustainable Planet is written by the award-winning science author Anna Claybourne.
By Jane Goodall. 1994
From almost 40 years of observing chimpanzees in the wild, Goodall presents ten incidents she witnessed. She describes the adoption…of a 3-year-old orphan by an unrelated adult male; a big sister rescuing her little brother from a snake; and a daughter picking fruit for her mother, who has a paralyzed arm. Contains information on the plight of chimpanzees and how to help them. Grades 3-6. 1998, c1994.
By Vicki Croke. 1997
Examines the changing nature of zoos in the United States. Contrasts the traditional model of concrete cells with the "new…zoo" that provides a more natural habitat. Discusses the modern goals of educating visitors, conducting research, protecting endangered species, and preserving genetic diversity
By Sarah L Thomson. 2022
Elephants have roamed and trumpeted their ways into kids' hearts. With this audiobook, listeners can become elephant experts and learn…how to save the animals they love. Featuring an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Did you know that elephants can't jump? How about that no two elephants have ears that are exactly alike? Or that elephants all walk on tiptoe? Perfect for all animal lovers—and elephant fans in particular—this audiobook is filled with information that young listenerswill love to learn. From where elephant habitats are found to what it's like to be an elephant to why elephants are endangered and who has been working hard to save them, this audiobook gives listeners all the facts they know to become elephant experts. Complete with a list of fun elephant facts and things that kids can do right this very moment to help save elephants from extinction, this audiobook, with an introduction by animal advocate Chelsea Clinton, is a must for every family, school, and community library
By Christine Taylor-Butler. 2022
Tigers have roared and pounced their ways into kids' hearts. With this audiobook, listeners can become tiger experts and learn…how to save the animals they love. Featuring an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Did you know that a tiger roar can be heard from two miles away? Or that tiger saliva prevents infection? Or how about that a tiger's urine smells like buttered popcorn? Perfect for all animal lovers—and tiger fans in particular—this audiobook is filled with information that young listeners will love to learn. From where tiger habitats are found to what it's like to be a tiger to why tigers are endangered and who has been working hard to save them, this audiobook gives listeners all the facts they know to become tiger experts. Complete with a list of fun tiger facts and things that kids can do right this very moment to help save tigers from extinction, this audiobook, with an introduction by animal advocate Chelsea Clinton, is a must for every family, school, and community library
By Anita Sanchez. 2022
Whale sharks have swum and chomped their ways into kids' hearts. With this audiobook, listeners can become whale shark experts…and learn how to save the animals they love. Featuring an introduction from Chelsea Clinton! Did you know that whale sharks are sometimes called domino fish because of the spots on their backs? How about that the smallest recorded whale shark was only fifteen inches long? Or that whale sharks have teeth on their eyes? Perfect for all animal lovers—and whale shark fans in particular—this audiobook is filled with information that young listeners will love to learn. From where whale shark habitats are found to what it's like to be a whale shark to why whale sharks are endangered and who has been working hard to save them, this audiobook gives listenersall the facts they know to become whale shark experts. Complete with a list of fun whale shark facts and things that kids can do right this very moment to help save whale sharks from extinction, this audiobook, with an introduction by animal advocate Chelsea Clinton, is a must for every family, school, and community library
By E. B Bartels. 2022
An unexpected, poignant, and personal account of loving and losing pets, exploring the singular bonds we have with our companion…animals, and how to grieve them once they've passed. E.B. Bartels has had a lot of pets—dogs, birds, fish, tortoises. As varied a bunch as they are, they've taught her one universal truth: to own a pet is to love a pet, and to own a pet is also—with rare exception—to lose that pet in time. But while we have codified traditions to mark the passing of our fellow humans, most cultures don't have the same for pets. Bartels takes us from Massachusetts to Japan, from ancient Egypt to the modern era, in search of the good pet death. We meet veterinarians, archaeologists, ministers, and more, offering an idiosyncratic, inspiring array of rituals—from the traditional (scattering ashes, commissioning a portrait), to the grand (funereal processions, mausoleums), to the unexpected (taxidermy, cloning). The central lesson: there is no best practice when it comes to mourning your pet, except to care for them in death as you did in life, and find the space to participate in their end as fully as you can. Punctuated by wry, bighearted accounts of Bartels's own pets and their deaths, Good Grief is a cathartic companion through loving and losing our animal family. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook
By Cj Rose. 2022
Have you ever wondered what your feathered friends are really thinking?For the last time, Paul, we are not going to…fly in a "P" formation.Is that cat seriously trying to sneak up on me again?Wanna go circle over some humans and freak them out?They may look innocent enough, perched on a branch or splashing in a birdbath, but don't be fooled by their unassuming ways. In The Secret Thoughts of Birds, you will finally learn what is really going on inside the devious minds of these little aviators. Prepare to laugh out loud as you discover their true fowl nature.
By Alexandra Horowitz. 2022
What is it like to be a puppy? Author of the classic Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz tries to…find out, spending a year scrutinizing her puppy&’s daily existence and poring over the science of early dog developmentFew of us meet our dogs at Day One. The dog who will, eventually, become an integral part of our family, our constant companion and best friend, is born without us into a family of her own. A puppy's critical early development into the dog we come to know is usually missed entirely. Dog researcher Alexandra Horowitz aimed to change that with her family's new pup, Quiddity (Quid). In this scientific memoir, she charts Quid's growth from wee grub to boisterous sprite, from her birth to her first birthday. Horowitz follows Quid's first weeks with her mother and ten roly-poly littermates, and then each week after the puppy joins her household of three humans, two large dogs, and a wary cat. She documents the social and cognitive milestones that so many of us miss in our puppies' lives, when caught up in the housetraining and behavioral training that easily overwhelms the first months of a dog's life with a new family. In focusing on training a dog to behave, we mostly miss the radical development of a puppy into themselves—through the equivalent of infancy, childhood, young adolescence, and teenager-hood. By slowing down to observe Quid from week to week, The Year of the Puppy makes new sense of a dog's behavior in a way that is missed when the focus is only on training. Horowitz keeps a lens on the puppy's point of view—how they (begin to) see and smell the world, make meaning of it, and become an individual personality. She's there when the puppies first open their eyes, first start to recognize one another and learn about cats, sheep, and people; she sees them from their first play bows to puberty. Horowitz also draws from the ample research in the fields of dog and human development to draw analogies between a dog's first year and the growing child—and to note where they diverge. The Year of the Puppy is indispensable for anyone navigating their way through the frustrating, amusing, and ultimately delightful first year of a puppy&’s life.