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Meerkat Manor: Flower of the Kalahari Paperback – May 6, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416587675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416587675
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Wier on October 6, 2008
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A feast for Flower lovers or anyone who can't get enough of Meerkat Manor! Substantial weight "slick" paper (used for entire book) gave each picture a "hi-def" look, and there are plenty of them.
Aside from more detailed insider information (written by Cambridge
Professor Tim Clutton-Brock) there are maps of the Manor divided into
the territories held by the major meerkat clans, a chronology of Flower's life, geneological notes on Flower's children, and full-color pictures on nearly every page. Prof. Clutton-Brock has been
studying the meerkats of this area since 1993 and has done a marvelous
job of organizing and delivering a thorough and enjoyable discussion
of all things meerkat, and of Flower in particular.
I highly recommend this book for all meerkat lovers. It is worth every
penny. I know you won't be disappointed.
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Gives details of the Meerkat project that are sometimes only touched briefly in the Animal Planet TV series. There is heavy emphasis on reproductive strategies such as male roving and the frequent practice of infanticide of sibling's pups by pregnant females. Definitely for the reader who wants a deeper understanding of the sociobiology of another mammalian species not for someone who expects a gushing anthropomorphic indulgence. For that, view the movie!
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The book is full of beautiful photography and offers insight and additional detail to events that were softly touched on by the Animal Planet series of the same name - I find that the chart of all of Flower's pups in the back of the book to be particularly helpful.

Overall, it is well-written and easy to read - anyone who is interested in animals, Meerkat Manor, or Meerkats in general will enjoy this book.
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There's was a whole lot of death and destruction that happened during the period of filming Meercat Manor. This book follows how meercats really live. While the series is basically a soap opera that anthropomorphizes these mammals, in real life, they kill their young regularly, drive their sisters out of the gang to die, and generally are not as cute and cuddly as the series depicts. This is a book you really can't put down.
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The lives of meerkats are extraordinarily interesting and this book and the subsequent movies and tv series capture their important and fascinating stories. These bright creatures are interesting, entertaining, caring, and loving of their families. They are also rough, ruthless and determined. All of it makes for an engaging book and what has followed.
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Good size and quality. Lots of very excellent pictures. Wonderful reminder of what a unique creature Flower was prior to her brave untimely death protecting her young on Animal Kingdom. Even after a number of years I still think about her and the impact she had on many thousands of viewers worldwide. Highly recommend.
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Being a fan of Meerkat Manor, I really appreciate the information and great photos in this book. For anyone who enjoys the TV show or likes the study of animal societies, this book is for you.
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I loved this book!!! It filled in so many details that the series didn't include. The photographs are wonderful and I use it for a picture book for my grandaughter. Anyone with an intrest in societies and how they work would also find the book informative
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