Mammals

If mammals are your passion, our selection of titles on the world’s most fascinating of animal groups is second to none. With specialist titles and general encyclopaedia we can take you on a world tour, continent by continent. From the timid British dormouse, the elusive Tasmanian devil and all in between including marine mammals, we have a cast of thousands for your enjoyment. Our range offers unparalleled insight into their lives and behaviour.

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The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins   layout image

by Hal Whitehead / Luke Rendell

In this title, cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead, and Luke Rendell show that cetacean culture and its transmission are shaped by a blend of adaptations, innate sociality, and the unique environment in which whales and dolphins live, a watery world in which a hundred-and-fifty-ton blue whale can move with utter grace, and where the vertical expanse is as vital, and almost as vast, as the horizontal. Drawing on their own research as well as a scientific literature as immense as the sea-including evolutionary biology, animal behaviour, ecology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience - Whitehead and Rendell dive into realms both humbling and enlightening as they seek to define what cetacean culture is, why it exists, and what it means for the future of whales and dolphins. And, ultimately, what it means for our future, as well.

Illustration type: Colour plates, Halftones, Line drawings, Tables, 408pp. 2014

DUE NOVEMBER 2014

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M24322 Hardback  £24.50
Bats; A World of Science and Mystery   layout image

by M Brock Fenton / Nancy B Simmons

Presents these fascinating nocturnal creatures in a new light. Portrays bats in flight, feeding, and mating in views that show them in exceptional detail. Also take the reader into the roosts of bats, from caves and mines to the tents some bats build out of leaves. A comprehensive guide to what scientists know about the world of bats, the book begins with a look at bats' origins and evolution. Then goes on to address a host of questions related to flight, diet, habitat, reproduction, and social structure: Why do some bats live alone and others in large colonies? When do bats reproduce and care for their young? How has the ability to fly-unique among mammals-influenced bats' mating behaviour? A chapter on biosonar, or echolocation, takes readers through the system of high-pitched calls bats emit to navigate and catch prey. More than half of the world's bat species are either in decline or already considered endangered, and the book concludes with suggestions for what we can do to protect these species for future generations to benefit from and enjoy. Illustration type: Colour photographs, Halftones, Line drawings, 240pp. 2014

DUE OCTOBER 2014

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M24318 Hardback  £24.50
The Wild Cat Book; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Cats   layout image

by Fiona and Mel Sunquist

This title not only tantalizes with the beauty of cats, but also serves as a valuable and accessible reference on cat behaviour and conservation.

Comprehensive entries for each of the thirty-seven cat species provides up-to-date information related to the species' IUCN conservation and management statuses, while informative sidebars reveal why male lions have manes, how cats see with their whiskers, the truth behind our obsession with white lions and tigers, and why cats can't be vegetarians. Also highlights the grave threats faced by the world's wild cats-from habitat destruction to human persecution. Illustration type: Colour photographs, Distribution maps, Halftones, 280pp. 2014

DUE OCTOBER 2014

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M24317 Hardback  £24.50
Phillipps Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo   layout image

by Quentin Phillipps / Karen Phillipps

Covers Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan. Provides descriptions, taxonomy, size, range, distribution, habits and status of over 600 species. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Distribution maps, 368pp. 2015

DUE FEBRUARY 2015

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M24265 Hardback  £35.00
Phillipps Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo   layout image

by Quentin Phillipps / Karen Phillipps

Covers Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and the Indonesian state of Kalimantan. Provides descriptions, taxonomy, size, range, distribution, habits and status of over 600 species. Illustration type: Colour illustrations, Distribution maps, 368pp.

DUE FEBRUARY 2015

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M24261 Paperback  £24.99
Bat Conservation; Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions Bat Conservation; Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions   layout image

edited by Anna Berthinussen / Olivia C Richardson / John D Altringham

This book brings together scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of bats. The authors worked with an international group of bat experts and conservationists to develop a global list of interventions that could benefit bats. For each intervention the book summarises studies captured by the Conservation Evidence project, where that intervention has been tested and its effects on bats quantified. The result is a thorough guide to what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of bat conservation actions throughout the world. 120pp. 2014

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M24181 Paperback  £19.99
Bat Conservation; Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions Bat Conservation; Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions   layout image

edited by Anna Berthinussen / Olivia C Richardson / John D Altringham

This book brings together scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of bats. The authors worked with an international group of bat experts and conservationists to develop a global list of interventions that could benefit bats. For each intervention the book summarises studies captured by the Conservation Evidence project, where that intervention has been tested and its effects on bats quantified. The result is a thorough guide to what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of bat conservation actions throughout the world. 120pp. 2014

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M24180 Hardback  £49.99
The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook   layout image

edited by Victoria Todd / Ian Todd / Jane Gardiner / Erica Morrin

This is the ultimate instruction manual for mitigation measures to minimise man-made acoustical and physical disturbances to marine mammals from industrial and defence activities. Based on more than two decades of offshore experience, and a decade of supplying MMO (Marine Mammal Observer) and PAM (Passive Acoustic Monitoring) services, both commercial and scientific, the Handbook is a long-overdue reference guide that seeks to improve standards worldwide for marine operations such as seismic and drilling exploration, wind farm piling, civil engineering, dredging, rock-dumping, and hydrographical surveys. By popular request, this manual will also form an accompaniment to MMO and PAM courses. 350pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24188 Paperback  £34.99
The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook   layout image

edited by Victoria Todd / Ian Todd / Jane Gardiner / Erica Morrin

This is the ultimate instruction manual for mitigation measures to minimise man-made acoustical and physical disturbances to marine mammals from industrial and defence activities. Based on more than two decades of offshore experience, and a decade of supplying MMO (Marine Mammal Observer) and PAM (Passive Acoustic Monitoring) services, both commercial and scientific, the Handbook is a long-overdue reference guide that seeks to improve standards worldwide for marine operations such as seismic and drilling exploration, wind farm piling, civil engineering, dredging, rock-dumping, and hydrographical surveys. By popular request, this manual will also form an accompaniment to MMO and PAM courses. 350pp. 2014

DUE SEPTEMBER 2014

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M24187 Hardback  £59.99
A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania   layout image

by Charles Foley / Lara Foley / Alex Loboro / Daniela De Luca

Tanzania offers some of the finest wildlife watching in the world. Its protected areas, which include the iconic Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Mount Kilimanjaro, are famous for their density and diversity of large mammals. This field guide covers all the larger mammals of Tanzania, including marine mammals. Detailed accounts are provided for more than 135 species, some of which have only recently been discovered. Accounts for the land mammals give information on identification; similar species; habitats and social behaviour; distribution; population, status, and threats; and where best to look for the species. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 140pp. 2014

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M24134 Paperback  £19.95
Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area   layout image

by Adam Scott Kennedy / Vicki Kennedy

Covers the 89 species of mammals and reptiles most likely to be encountered in this world famous area, which includes the amazing Ngorongoro Crater. Useful tips from local Tanzanian guides who work in the region provide visitors with insights into behavioural habits and help to locate specific animals. Filled with vivid anecdotes, Animals of the Serengeti will enable any safari traveller to identify the mammals and reptiles of the area with ease. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 152pp. 2014

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M24131 Paperback  £17.95
RSPB Spotlight; Otters RSPB Spotlight; Otters   layout image

by Nicola Chester

Informed text brings this elusive and exciting mammal into sharper focus, revealing what an otter is and how they live, feed, play and breed. Nicola reflects on how otters exist in our imaginations culturally and how that has changed over the years. She also examines the many challenges otters have faced, exposing what brought them to the brink of extinction, and explores the challenges we face in trying to find and watch otters in the wild. Illustration type: Colour photographs, 128pp. 2014

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M24074 Paperback  £9.99
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