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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691152284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691152288
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I was consistently impressed with the style, editing, content, quality and up-to-dateness of the book. It is a world first and a truly impressive, comprehensive and highly attractive volume. Everybody interested in carnivorans will want to obtain a copy and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Outstanding."--Darren Naish, Tetrapod Zoology blog at Scientific American

"Carnivores of the World is a comprehensive field guide to all 245 species of terrestrial carnivores--everything from tiny least weasels to gigantic polar bears. Though few will use this book as an actual field guide, it is packed with the natural history of each species. You'll learn of carnivores you've never heard of (servals, caracals and genets) as well as those that are more familiar (lions, tigers and bears). And each species account is filled with details including information on diet, behavior and reproduction."--Scott Shalaway, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The thing that makes this book a 'must' is . . . its two-page/subject organization. Choose your carnivore and then turn to that page--the data is on your left and the image is on the right. It's just that simple. So, who would want a book like this? Well, certainly sportsman. . . . Kids would love it too. (What youngster wouldn't get a kick out of looking up the Palawan Stink Badger or studying a Grizzly skull?) It would make for an ideal field guide for birders, lepidopterists, guides, campers, backyard birders ('What on earth was that thing?') fresh water fishermen, farmers."--Alan Speakman, Ebirdseed.com

"One of the coolest books I've ever seen."--Greg Laden's Science Blog

"A huge undertaking designed to present the current state of knowledge about each of these species, including some exceedingly rare ones."--Library Journal

"Spectacular full-color illustrations by Barrett (Mammals of Europe), sometimes showing customary behaviors or including depictions of cubs, accompany each entry and beautifully clarify textual descriptions. . . . Currently the most up-to-date subject guide available."--Library Journal

"This title could easily be used as a standalone reference for specialists and academics in the fields of biology and conservation. General audiences and students will also enjoy it for its beautiful illustrations and accessible species accounts."--Charles Leck, American Reference Books Annual

"Biologist Hunter has produced a beautifully illustrated, concise guide to all 245 terrestrial carnivores."--Choice

"The book is packed with information about carnivores and is a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended!"--Timothy McDougald, Afarensis blog

"Whether its user is a scientist doing field research, a traveler studying wildlife in various lands, a biology teacher preparing a lesson, a student doing a project, or just a person interested in carnivores, this book is an outstanding resource. Going well beyond what most would expect in a field guide, it has a depth of information that one might expect to find only after examining numerous sources. Having it all in one concise, one-stop volume gives it a broad appeal."--Richard Lord, American Biology Teacher

"Most people know what a cheetah, wild dog, or puma looks like, but what about a Malay weasel, lesser grison, cacomistle, or Owston's civet? Look here for carefully drawn plates, drawings of skulls and tracks, and succinct, helpful species accounts."--Conservation Biology

"This is a book that belongs on the shelves of scientists, students, and naturalists as well as being something anyone interested in nature would enjoy paging through to learn about these highly adapted creatures."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

"This book would make an essential reference book in all college and university libraries as well as a great book to be owned by individuals and used."--Divya Mudappa, Small Carnivore Conservation

"The promotional material claims this is the first field guide of its kind, and I can think of nothing else that comes close. All in all, a great buy for all levels of reader, and an inspiring starting point for young naturalists."--Christine Adkins, Discovery

"Some conservationists have been promoting 'mammal watching' as a means to help stimulate ecotourism in much the same way that birding has. Hunter's splendid Carnivores of the World just might help spark interest in 'twitching' this most charismatic group of species."--Michael Hoffmann, Quarterly Review of Biological Books

"This is truly an authoritative, well-researched and richly-illustrated book on the world's carnivores, and we commend the author Luke Hunter and the illustrator Priscilla Barrett for their work in compiling the material and presenting it so well in this outstanding book."--Paiso Jamakar, Biz India

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"I don't know of a concise global summary of carnivores like this. The illustrations cover a wide range of forms from all over the world, including many that are rarely photographed or preserved in museums."--Roland W. Kays, coauthor of Mammals of North America

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Dr. Luke Hunter is an Australian biologist and is the President of Panthera (www.panthera.org), a New York-based conservation nonprofit he helped to create in 2006, which is dedicated to the range-wide conservation of the world's wild cat species. Before joining Panthera, Hunter headed the Wildlife Conservation Society's Great Cats Program and taught wildlife ecology at several universities in Australia and South Africa.

Hunter has worked on the ecology and conservation of carnivores since 1992. His doctorate and post-doctoral research developed methods to re-establish populations of large cats in areas where they had been extirpated from Southern Africa. His current projects include developing conservation strategies for lions across their African range, assessing the effects of sport hunting on leopards and lions, working with teams in the Brazilian Pantanal to reduce the conflict between ranchers and jaguars, and the first intensive study of Persian leopards and the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. Hunter supervises graduate students working on carnivores around the world including the first comprehensive studies on some little-known species such as African golden cats and Sunda clouded leopards.

Luke Hunter has contributed to over 100 scientific papers and popular articles, and has published six books that are available on Amazon, including Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Cheetah, Watching Wildlife: Southern Africa, Cheetahs, and Watching Wildlife: Central America. His sixth and current book, A Field Guide to Carnivores of the World, was released in 2011. He lives in New York state with his wife Sophie and a menagerie of rescued domestic carnivores.

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Get this book if you love carnivores!
David L.
This book is an excellent presentation of the world's carnivores, with fine color drawings, and concise and very detailed text on each species.
Tom Kogut
All in all a great acquisition and one of my favorite wildlife books in my collection.
Vlad Fischert

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Kogut on January 7, 2012
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This book is an excellent presentation of the world's carnivores, with fine color drawings, and concise and very detailed text on each species. The only quibble I have is the editorial decision to include skull and track diagrams at the end but not range maps, which would be more useful for the typical reader instead of the distribution descriptions in the text. The range maps for the book are readily available online at the Panthera website, but this is obviously not as convenient as having them in the book itself. The rationale is the continual and frequent expansion/contraction of carnivore species distribution based on updated survey data, and the easy ability to update online distribution maps. I still do not hesitate to rate this book "five stars" despite the absence of the maps; its an admirable achievement and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the world's carnivores.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Pike on January 11, 2012
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I was so excited when I saw this book had come out that I just had to buy it right away! The plates are beautiful and many species have multiple illustrations showing different subspecies and variant forms. I really appreciated the coverage of poorly-known species, and I liked the inclusion of the skull and track illustrations in the back on the book (I think the tracks may come in handy for field identification in the future).

Overall I found this book just delightful. A must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty and diversity of little-known terrestrial mammals!

I sincerely hope that there are more books like this one in the works covering the other groups of mammals!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ferro on March 25, 2012
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An informative, multi-purpose coffee-table book X field guide. As you can see from the photo I've uploaded, it has lovely illustrations. The text presents a host of interesting facts and introduces you to fascinating and little-known species. It could have been improved, however, by the addition of range maps, although distribution is given in general terms.

This book will appeal to a variety of readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty Ann on January 7, 2012
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I bought this for my son at his request. He feels this is an excellent reference and he has many books on this topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edouard Paiva on April 5, 2014
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It is a good book with information on all carnivore species you find today, what I really don't like is the information it has about the maximun size of African Lions, Tigers and Jaguars, it says that the maximun head and body length of African Lions is 250 cm when the truth is that they grow up to 210 cm long the only felines that were so huge were the largest of all cats the extints males of Panthera Atrox, it says that the largest Tigers have a head and body length of 300 cm that size is larger than the largest Bears (Polar Bears and kodiak bears) when the truth is that the largest ones grow up to 220 cm long and it says that the largest Jaguars have a head and body length up to 219 cm when the truth is that the largest of them all measured 182 cm long. Dr. Luke Hunter is the President of Panthera he has contact with many Biologist working with him all over the world that could give him better information of this cats, that is what I was expecting in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. J. The Great Pumpkin on January 25, 2013
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This is a really cool book. It has many land carnivores in it. The format of the book is encyclopedia style, but with much more information on each species. I love cats, and this book has them all. The other carnivores, bears, wolves, and such are also included. I really like this book. It was a gift to me from my sister.

Carnivores of the World is a wonderful book listing very cool animals in an easy to use format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vlad Fischert on November 6, 2012
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This is an incredibly useful book, I bought it mainly as a reference for the rarest species of mongooses and weasels, and I'm pretty happy with it. It's composed mainly by one illustration per species, besides data on behaviour, size, habitat, diet, etc. for each; but some of the better known species have up to 5 or 6 illustrations (both color and black and white), which deal with color variations and characteristic behaviours (although some, like how leopards cache food in trees are strangely missing). There is a section for skulls and other for the pug marks/footprints with measurements. Some might complain about the limited information but you have to remember that this is a field guide and that some of the species are barely studied.
All in all a great acquisition and one of my favorite wildlife books in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David L. on December 30, 2011
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This is one of the most handiest books I have around. It contains all carnivorous mammalians in one book. It is easy to find any cat, dog or other carnivore and have precise and great information n the animal. It comes with stunning drawings done that are just great. Get this book if you love carnivores!

- David L.
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