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African Predators

African Predators

The behaviour, social make-up, relations and interactions of African predators are supported by superb and dramatic photography.
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Title: African Predators
Authors: Martin Harvey and Gus Mills
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, South Africa 2005
ISBN 9781770072206 / ISBN 978-1-77007-220-6
Hardcover, dustjacket, 24 x 29 cm, 160 pages, throughout colour photos

Description:

The skill and power of the predator, and even the violence of the kill. fascinate and disturb, perhaps because of our own primaeval instincts as hunters. What determines the behaviour of predators continues to be a subject for explo- ration, the results of which are crucial in deciding conservation strategies that are adopted. In African Predators, author Gus Mills and wildlife photographer Martin Harvey have joined forces to describe the appearance, distribution, killing behaviour and mating strategies of 14 of the larger African predators. They also cover the competition that exists between predators and the innovative solutions needed to reconcile animal needs and human ways. Featured within the three main divisions in the book, cats, hyaenas and dogs, are the famous ‘big cats’ (lion, leopard and cheetah), the insect-eating aardwolf (an aberrant hyaena species), the much-maligned wild dog and Africa’s most endangered carnivore, the Ethiopian wolf. Other species discussed are the serval and caracal, the three jackal species (striped jackal, black-backed jackal and golden jackal) and the three hyaena species - spotted, brown and striped - that, with the aardwolf, make up the hyaena family. The photographer’s skill and the author’s extensive field experience combine in African Predators to create a visual feast and an authoritative description of some of the most threatening and threatened animals in the world.

Content: African Predators

INTRODUCTION
Cats, hyaenas and dogs
KILLING AND NOT BEING KILLED
An evolutionary contest
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF HUNTERS
Passing on the genes
COMPETITION BETWEEN SPECIES
The struggle for supremacy
CONSERVATION
The search for solutions


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