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Wild Cats of the World Hardcover – August 15, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0226779997 ISBN-10: 0226779998 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 462 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (August 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226779998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226779997
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An essential guide for felinophiles and a valuable handbook for conservation professionals.”
(New Scientist)

“Magnificent. . . . The book contains a lifetime of knowledge that has been carefully and logically documented to make the book user-friendly to a wide cross-section of readers. . . . A fascinating learning experience. . . . Put this one on the top of your list.”
(Cat Fancy)

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Did you know that European royalty once used cheetahs to hunt deer, or that caracals can capture birds by leaping six and a half feet straight up into the air from a standing start? Have you ever wondered whether domestic cats really do always land on their feet when they fall, or how Canada lynx can stalk their prey in the winter without falling through the snow?

Wild Cats of the World is a treasure trove of answers to questions like these, and many others, for anyone who's interested in learning more about the world's felids, including the ones with whom we share our homes. Mel Sunquist and Fiona Sunquist have spent more than a decade gathering information about cats from every available source, many of them quite difficult to find. They draw on historical documents such as descriptions of hunts and observations by naturalists and travelers, as well as more recent information in scientific journals, archaeological research, reports from government agencies, and newsletters from a wide variety of organizations. Weaving information from these sources together with their own experiences observing wild cats around the world, the Sunquists have created the most comprehensive reference on felids available. Each of their accounts of the thirty-six species of cat contains a description of the cat, including human interactions with it, as well as detailed data on distribution, ecology and behavior, status in the wild, and conservation efforts. Many photographs, including more than forty in full color, illustrate these accounts.

From the two-pound black-footed cat to the five-hundred-pound tiger, and from the African serval with its satellite-dish ears to the web-footed fishing cat of Asia, Wild Cats of the World has information that will fascinate and educate felid fans of any stripe (or spot).

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This book is very educational.
Catherine Monroe
I highly recommend this book to any cat enthusiast or anyone interested in wild cats.
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It is a very information book giving black and white and color photos.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By MR DAVID J WITTS on November 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
One of the few recent books that has dared to take up the challenge of producing a good single volume (452 pages) on *all* cat species, there is an inevitability that this volume will be compared with the likes of Guggisberg's "Wild Cats of the World" (1975).
In approach, the Sunquists' have chosen to create a more "scientific" presentation than Guggisberg; focusing less upon anecdotes and narrative, and including much summary information from previously published researches, many of which are indeed difficult to obtain first-hand.
In many areas, of course, this shows how *little* we actually know about many felid species: the entry for the flat-headed cat, for example, is brief and contains little new information from the last 27 years.
For each species, we are given a color image (bound in two signatures), one or more black and white pictures as a chapter heading, followed by a more-or-less detailed species account which has a core format (description, distribution, ecology, behavior and status in the wild) to which is added various other information, as is available.
Given the number of sources available in many cases, these accounts are well written and fully referenced within each species' chapter; a major plus for further researches.
Further chapters on study and conservation, the introduction ("What is a Cat"?) and appendices on communication, reproduction, trade and status (IUCN/CITES) seem to be somewhat "tagged on".
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By MR DAVID J WITTS on November 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
One of the few recent books that has dared to take up the challenge of producing a good single volume (452 pages) on *all* cat species, there is an inevitability that this volume will be compared with the likes of Guggisberg's "Wild Cats of the World" (1975).
In approach, the Sunquists' have chosen to create a more "scientific" presentation than Guggisberg; focusing less upon anecdotes and narrative, and including much summary information from previously published researches, many of which are indeed difficult to obtain first-hand.
In many areas, of course, this shows how *little* we actually know about many felid species: the entry for the flat-headed cat, for example, is brief and contains little new information from the last 27 years.
For each species, we are given a color image (bound in two signatures), one or more black and white pictures as a chapter heading, followed by a more-or-less detailed species account which has a core format (description, distribution, ecology, behavior and status in the wild) to which is added various other information, as is available.
Given the number of sources available in many cases, these accounts are well written and fully referenced within each species' chapter; a major plus for further researches.
Further chapters on study and conservation, the introduction ("What is a Cat"?) and appendices on communication, reproduction, trade and status (IUCN/CITES) seem to be somewhat "tagged on".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this book to any who enjoys learning about felines or any members of Carnivora. The book offers a good base knowledge of Felidae, particularly of individual species. As a reference book, I find it invaluable, with all the basic facts I need. The text is easy to read and written in an organized fashion. The pictures add a very nice touch and every species seems to be included, from lions to Andean mountain cats.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Roberts on October 4, 2009
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I found this book to be a useful summary of the cat species. There are numerous citations that are useful, although not necessarily the most modern. I was a bit dismayed by the assertion that it has only been the last 25 years that we (the scientific community) has built our knowledge of cats. This is simply not true for most species. The authors also seem to brush over any of the consumptive use issues. Several common cat species are harvested sustainably and it would have been nice to see some discussion on this. For common species (ie bobcat, puma, Canada lynx), a great advancement in the last 40 years has been the shifting of paradigms from predator control to managing a sustainable resource. Sadly, there is little discussion about the role of sustainable use programs in restoring and propagating these species.
This is a decent encyclopedic reference for cat enthusiast. I suspect the biologist or researcher may find it lacking in rigor. If you do not desire or need this rigor, than this makes for an easier read.
All in all, I would recommend it as a quick reference and as a source to point you toward other literature.
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