By Janine M. Benyus
Unlock the secrets and techniques in the back of the habit of the world's such a lot interesting creatures? from the Adélie penguin to the plains zebra to the large panda?in this splendidly written, superbly illustrated book.
In The mystery Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us contained in the animal country and indicates us the whys and the hows at the back of the special habit of creatures nice and small of their traditional environments.
Divided geographically into 5 sections?Africa, Asia, North the United States, the oceans, and the poles?the publication examines and describes the habit, physique language, and styles of communique of 20 varied animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, higher flamingo, Nile crocodile, immense panda, peacock, Komodo display screen, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, grey wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar undergo, and Adélie penguin.
For every one animal, Benyus describes and explains uncomplicated behaviors (locomotion, feeding, consuming, bathing, grooming, sleeping), verbal exchange habit (greeting, social play, team security, clash, aggression/submission, battling, courtship, copulation), and parenting habit (birth, care and feeding, educating, communal care).
The booklet is illustrated all through with smooth but exact line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly seize every thing from altering facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and competitive interactions. The textual content, too, is either intimate and informative, bearing in mind a deep reference to, and a very good admiration for, every one of the animals.
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