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Great Cats (Majestic Creatures of the Wild)

by John Seidensticker

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An older book, but still rich in material with good photographs. It is very factual, not many anecdotes... still, I learned a lot. Explains the evolutionary history of cats... I was intrigued by the details on how saber-toothed cats' social structure and hunting methods were deduced by the wear and damage of their skeleton remains. There is a series of illustrated plates showing all six big cats, the medium-sized clouded leopard and snow leopard, and then some thirty smaller wild cats- including bobcats, lynxes, servals, ocelots and quite a few others I hadn't heard of before- oncilla, kodkod, Iriomote cat. Following chapters are dedicated individually to the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cheetah, snow leopard and pumas. Bobcats and lynxes are discussed in one same chapter, ocelots and servals together in the next. The rest of the wildcats are grouped in another chapter, mostly because little was known about them when this was published. Other parts of the book go into depth on wild feline communication, hunting methods and reproduction; conflicts with man and conservation efforts, and how big cats have featured in art and been revered in various cultures through history. All in all an impressive book. The contributing authors include thirty-eight biologists and scientists.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0878579656, Hardcover)

This visually compelling yet highly informative book explores the behavior of one of the earth's most majestic cretures--the great cat. A global look at all 37 species--including tigers, pumas, lions, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, snow leopards, and bobcats. The work of 40 experts from around the world, this knowledgeable text discusses how the cats live, socialize, breed, eat, and more. Over 200 color illustrations.

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A study of cats in the wild that includes well known as well as rare and elusive cats.

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