"I adore the fox for its magnificence; I hate the fox for killing my chickens. To love and loathe the fox is a British condition." The fox is our apex predator, our most beautiful and clever killer. We have witnessed its wild touch, watched it slink by bins at night and been chilled by its high-pitched scream. And yet we long to stroke the tumbling cubs outside their tunnel homes and watch the vixen stalk the cornfield. There is something about foxes. They captivate us like no other species. Exploring our long, sometimes complicated relationship with this magnificent creature, The Wild Life of the Fox is the existence of Vulpes vulpes in vivid detail.
Many suburban gardens are recognized as being rich in wildlife. Published accounts of their natural history, however, are largely antecdotal with little quantitative basis. This is, therefore, a unique documentation of the wildlife that existed in the author's Leicestershire garden over a fifteen-year period between 1972 and 1986. After an introduction to urban wildlife, gardens, and the natural history of Leicestershire, the author describes her garden and the techniques employed for trapping, collecting, and recording of species. In total, the diversity, abundance and yearly fluctuations of 1757 species of animal and 422 species of plant were recorded. It is clear that the author views the suburban garden as an ecological habitat, and one of the most important conclusions reached by Dr. Owen is that with increasing despoliation of the countryside, gardens will have considerable significance for conservation.
Field Studies of the Asiatic Wild Dog (Cuon Alpinus)
Author: Michael W. Fox
Pubpsher: SUNY Press
The whistling dog, or dhole, of India is a little-known, distant cousin of our domestic dog. Highly intelligent, wary of man, and elusive as a jungle predator, this rare and beautiful creature is one of the most difficult animals to study. Its very nature defies the patience and skill of the most dedicated naturalist. Yet knowledge about its habits and a more widespread understanding and appreciation of this species are essential for its protection and continued survival. For, like so much of the world's wildlife today, the dhole is a species threatened with extinction. The first in-depth field study of the whistling dog, The Whistling Hunters examines the dhole in the animal's environment. The book is based on the author's field studies and the observations of other naturalists. It presents all the facts currently known about the species, as it makes a passionate plea for conservation and the reevaluation of our land-use patterns. The book is also an attempt to understand the essence of wilderness since it, too, like the whistling dog, is an endangered species.
In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, and Illustrated in Their Different Significations, by Examples from the Best Writers, to which are Prefixed a History of the Language, and an English Grammar
Release on 2003 | by University of Regina. Canadian Plains Research Center
Ecology and Conservation of Swift Foxes in a Changing World
Author: University of Regina. Canadian Plains Research Center
Pubpsher: University of Regina Press
In 1998, biologists and endangered species experts met at an international symposium on swift foxes held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to exchange information and identify the state-of-the-science of swift fox ecology and status in North America. Papers presented at the symposium, together with other written afterwards, are brought together in this peer-reviewed volume.
These proceedings present the latest achievements and developments within the scientific community of fur animal research organised by the International Fur Animal Scientific Association (IFASA). The book contains papers on the following topics: nutrition, feeding and management, health and disease, breeding, genetics and reproduction, behaviour and welfare and a theme on 'WelFur for mink and foxes'. The scientific results presented do not only come from traditional mink producing countries, but also from countries with more recent developments in fur animal production. The scientific community in the field of fur animal production is small, but the biologic diversity and thus the need for scientifically based knowledge in this area is similar to, or often exceeds, that of other farm animals. In this book, the most diverse and recent advancements in fur animal production were brought together in order to provide a clear overview for all those involved in the fur animal industry.
Wildlife care and rehabilitation is often on a one-to-one basis andinvolves a lot of time, care and skill. However, for many years,care of injured wildlife was regarded as a low priority andeuthanasia was the recommended option. A lot has changed over thepast twenty years and now caring for wildlife casualties is part ofeveryday life in many veterinary practices. Following on from the major success of the first edition, thissecond edition provides even more useful information on wildlifecare and rehabilitation. As well as covering a whole range ofspecies, with sections on birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians,this edition now includes information on many 'alien' speciesappearing in the British countryside such as wallabies, wild boarand exotic reptiles. In this edition: * Essential guidance on handling, first aid, feeding and releasing,and many other disciplines not featured in veterinary or nursingtraining; * Full of helpful tips from an expert in wildlife rehabilitationwho has unparalleled practical experience; * Expanded chapters on the care of all species - particularlycasualty badgers, otters and hedgehogs - and more comprehensiveguidance on rearing orphaned mammals and birds; * Lots more colour pictures to aid in management and caretechniques and the latest information on zoonotic diseases fromaround the world.