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Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation Hardcover – September 21, 2006

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Stunning images and new research findings depicts the daily lives and struggles of Africa's entire cat family.

(Cat Fancy 2006-01-00)

Sublime images... Readers have the most current research and findings at their fingertips in a comprehensive volume.

(Wildlife Conservation 2006-01-00)

I recommend this book to anyone interested in African wildlife, in the interactions between predators and prey, and in the whole topic of wildlife conservation. It informs at all levels, and should certainly be required reading for those who would prefer to see African cats along the barrel of a gun.

(Alan Turner Journal of Mammalian Evolution 2007-01-00)

Although the writing in this book is well done and will be easily understood by the educated lay person and undergraduate students, the real story is in the full-color photographs found within this volume... Once this book is opened it is difficult to put down. This work is appropriate for university and college collections with ecology and zoology collections.

(Shannon Graff Hysell American Reference Books Annual 2008-01-00)

A pleasant coffee-table book.

(Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet Mammalia 2008-01-00)

About the Author

Luke Hunter is a conservation biologist with the New York–based Wildlife Conservation Society, where he heads the Global Carnivore Program. Hunter, the author of Cheetah, has conducted fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992, focusing on efforts to restore species to areas of their former range. Gerald Hinde spent thirty years running a family motor business before shedding his business cares in 1989 for his first love—life in the African bush. He has won numerous photographic awards including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, and was the AFGA Wildlife Awards Overall Winner in 2000. His photographs have been published widely in national and international magazines and appear on postcards, on calendars, and in the books Africa's Big Five, Leopard, and An African Experience.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801884829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801884825
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 10 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Luke Hunter is an Australian biologist and is the President of Panthera (, 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 for more than two decades. 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 135 scientific papers and popular articles, and has published seven books that are available on Amazon, including Field Guide to Carnivores of the World (2011), Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (2006) and Cheetah, (2003). His most recent book, Wild Cats of the World, was released in 2015. He lives in New York state with his wife Sophie and a menagerie of rescued domestic carnivores.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Africa holds some of the most amazing cats on Earth but rarely are these given full-page embellishment and in-depth discussion as they are in Cats of Africa: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. The oversize stature makes CATS OF AFRICA look like a coffee table guide but the abundance of text and natural history promises both general-interest and college-level libraries a satisfying blend of color and fact. From feline anatomy and evolution to populations, social systems, threats and cooperative hunting patterns, CATS OF AFRICA is a 'must' for any collection serious about representing African natural history - and will find its home on many general-interest library shelves as a fascinating addition for the general public as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Doege on December 1, 2009
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I am a huge fan of Luke Hunter and his work, and because of his research and Gerald Hindes beautiful photography, this is my favourite book. It's well written and easy to understand, yet still depicts enough detail for my university papers. Not only does it contain information on the well known cats of Africa (lions, Leopards etc) but it also includes information on the little known cats of Africa (golden cats, black footed cats etc). I would definately recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Africas facinating cats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Monroe on November 5, 2006
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This book has alot of information on the cats of Africa and the pictures are awesome. I recommend this book for studys on the cats in Africa.
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