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Foxes, Wolves, and Wild Dogs of the World (Of the World Series) Paperback – August, 1998

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The latest in the Of the World series (Whales of the World, etc.), this book's first five chapters describe the physiology, reproduction, and evolution of the Canid family, which includes wolves, foxes, and dogs. The narrative is scholarly but understandable. Each time an animal is mentioned by its popular name, the scientific name follows in parentheses. Measurements are given first in metric, then in British Imperial units. Chapters 6-9 describe individual species by area of territory: Holarctic, including North America and Europe; Africa and the Middle East; Southern Asia and Australia; and South America. The range of a species is illustrated on a map. The narrative then describes the animal's distribution and habits. The text is beautifully illustrated with color photographs, often two on a two-page spread. They are placed appropriately and captioned.

The small type and scientific vocabulary mean this book is not suitable for elementary school children. The photographs represent only half of the species mentioned in the text. There should have been one photograph of each species described. A few of the pictures are blurry. This American edition keeps the original British spelling. There are no charts. Since the authors mention endangered species, conservation, and the CITES Treaty, charts of populations and changes would have been useful. But on the whole, this is an excellent volume and should be considered for purchase by most libraries, though for the circulating collection, rather than reference. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The distribution of the existing thirty-plus species of canidae is considered and examined in a science title which explores the form and lifestyles of the wild canids. Fine color photos especially taken for this book accompany excellent natural history facts and insights. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Of the World Series
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Blandford (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713727535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713727531
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.8 x 3.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Was a very good book on wild canids from all over the world. Tells where wild dogs live, what they eat, their breeding habits, if the species is under threat and why, and lists alot of species I've never even heard of.
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