This is an exploration of the intriguing world of animals. The first section provides an overview of animal evolution, behaviour, biology, classification, adaptation, habitats and current conservation issues. The second section is an encyclopaedic survey of all the animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates. Special attention is paid to endangered and vulnerable species.
A comprehensive volume of more than one thousand animals introduces the entire animal kingdom, touring every corner of the planet and covering such topics as scientific and common names, conservation data, habitat, and behavior.
This stunning full-colour reference has been authorized by an international team of experts and is packed with up-to-the-minute information presented in a style and format that appeals to the whole family.
From big cats to great apes, from penguins to boa constrictors, and from giraffes to termites, The Encyclopedia of Animals is a celebration of the immense diversity of life on Earth, from all creatures great and small. Mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, and reptiles are all featured in this full-color encyclopedia. Profiling more than 400 of the world's most fascinating species, The Encyclopedia of Animals offers a comprehensive overview of creatures from every continent and climate, from the common seal to the leopard, from the field hamster to the duck-billed platypus, from the alpine salamander to the bombardier beetle, and from the kingfisher to the American alligator, and the sea horse. Featured animals are grouped by order, then within each order by family; each family section contains examples of the key species, which are illustrated with beautifully detailed, full-color annotated artworks. For easy reference, each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order, and family, features, habitats, diet, and breeding, as well as informative maps showing its distribution and detailed box features.
The Animal Book is the complete guide to the natural world for curious children and budding naturalists. From the tiny toadstool to the giant oak, the smallest spider to the largest elephant, the wonders of life are here to see in stunning photo galleries. With over 1,500 species of animals and plants to learn about, The Animal Book is perfect for school projects and homework. The 'Tree of Life' at the start of the book will show you how species are connected, as well as guiding you through everything from microscopic life to fish, birds, reptiles and mammals. Ever wondered how a polar bear looks when trying to catch fish? Amazing full page pictures show you animals in their natural habitats, going about their lives. Fact boxes and amazing galleries take you on a complete learning journey. The Animal Book is the ultimate book on the natural world, from A(moeba) to Z(ebra).
Humans have always relied heavily on animals. We have worshipped them, befriended them, sacrificed them, domesticated them, eaten them, hunted them, drawn them, and written about them. We have come to appreciate them, especially in their natural habitats, as an essential part of our world. They are creatures that deserve our respect and reward our curiosity. As intrinsic as they are to the ecological balance of our world, animals are under threat from their human admirers, and in dire need of our help. Habitat destruction spells disaster for many species, leaving them teetering on the brink of extinction. Only through a greater understanding of the fragile balance that exists between species and their habitats will it become possible for us to ensure the survival of our precious wildlife heritage. This comprehensive encyclopedia presents a wide-ranging survey of four major groups of living things: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The text is written by a team of international experts in the zoological sciences. It is carefully constructed to be read and appreciated by everyone with an interest in natural history. Complemented by superb full-color photographs by the world's leading wildlife photographers, and specially commissioned illustrations, maps, and diagrams, this stunning volume gives an up-to-date overview of nature's most enthralling creatures. A team of internationally renowned authorities has provided the text for this publication. The photographs have been provided by some of the world's leading wildlife photographers. The original illustrations are by specialist wildlife artist Dr David Kirshner. Book jacket.
Super Shark Encyclopedia uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of sharks and sea creatures, from surfing penguins to deep-sea monsters. Packed with jaw-dropping facts about animal behavior and anatomy, new 3D artworks utilize cross-sections and strip layers away to show key anatomical features in detail. With its combination of spectacular photography and clear yet authoritative text, Super Shark Encyclopedia is the ultimate visual guide to the oceans' most incredible stories. It showcases record-breaking animals, such as the deadliest predators and the most venomous creatures, and explains how and why their bodies work the way they do.
Unrivalled in its breadth and visual impact, this unique guide sets out to illustrate, describe and explain the incredible range of creatures that make up the animal kingdom. EXCEPTIONAL COVERAGE Animal anatomy, life-cycles and the principals of classification are also explored, and the main part of the book looks in detail at each major group and provides absorbing profiles of over 2,000 individual species. VISUALLY BREATHTAKING Spectacular photographic portraits bring a vast array of animals vividly to life, with special features on well-known and important creatures such as the Galapagos tortoise. Each species profile is supported by maps and symbols showing distribution and habitat, as well as key information on size, reproduction, and conservation status, forming an invaluable reference database. . OUTSTANDING REFERENCE Clear, comprehensive and thought-provoking, Dorling Kindersley's Animal is essential reading for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience.
The definitive visual guide to cats The Cat Encyclopedia is a comprehensive cat compendium that has all the facts about cats and kittens and is packed with beautifully photographed profiles of different breeds from the Maine Coon to the Khao Manee. This extensive catalogue of cat breeds includes information on cat anatomy, cat behaviour and kitten and cat care, plus an authoritative care programme providing advice for every stage of your cat's life. Learn how to understand your cat, how to handle your cat, the importance of play, first aid tips and much more. You'll also find fascinating facts about the celebration of cats in arts and culture and their place in magic and superstition. Filled with beautiful images of cats The Cat Encyclopedia (content previously used in The Complete Cat Breed Book 9781409350033) is a stunning celebration of this ever popular pet and is perfect for cat lovers everywhere.
Author: Tom Jackson
Release Date: 2014-07-07
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
This is a fully illustrated encyclopedia of over 350 amphibians, reptiles and mammals from around the world. It includes the venomous western diamondback rattlesnake of the southern United States, the tree-dwelling flying lizard of south-east Asia, and the extraordinary egg-laying platypus of Australia.