Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur

By Carl Safina

"Magnificent . . . A pleased, hopeful booklet. Safina provides us plentiful purposes to be enthralled by means of this wonderful old animal―and considerable purposes to care."
―Los Angeles Times

As Carl Safina's compelling traditional background event makes transparent, the destiny of the leatherback turtle is in our fingers. The distressing decline of those old sea turtles in Pacific waters and their striking restoration within the Atlantic remove darkness from the results―both confident and negative―of our interventions and the teachings that may be utilized, globally, to revive the oceans and their creatures.

We accompany award-winning traditional heritage specialist Safina and his colleagues as they music leatherbacks around the world's oceans and onto distant shorelines of each continent, together with an exciting trip from Monterey, California, to nesting grounds in Papua, New Guinea. all through, in his peerless prose, Safina captures the fragile interplay among those mild giants and the people who're enjoying an important position of their survival.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful (All Creatures Great and Small)

By James Herriot

The moment quantity within the multimillion replica bestselling series

Millions of readers have extremely joyful within the terrific storytelling and daily miracles of James Herriot within the over thirty years when you consider that his pleasant animal tales have been first brought to the world.

Now in a brand new variation for the 1st time in a decade, All issues vivid and Beautiful is the cherished sequel to Herriot's first assortment, All Creatures nice and Small, and selections up as Herriot, now newly married, trips one of the distant hillside farms and valley cities of the Yorkshire Dales, taking care of their inhabitants---both - and four-legged. all through, Herriot's deep compassion, humor, and love of existence shine out as we snicker, cry, and pleasure in his graphics of his many, diversified animal sufferers and their both diversified owners.

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Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, The (Images of America)

By Joy W. Kraft

Beginning day, September 18, 1875, dawned sunless and cold, a shaky commence for the second one zoological backyard within the usa. indicates have been unfinished, and animals remained crated. The polar endure had now not arrived, and the gathering on exhibit incorporated a feeble tiger, a blind hyena, an elephant rescued from a bankrupt circus, a conversing crow, 8 small monkeys, and four hundred birds. regardless of the tough begin, the enterprise by means of bird-lover Andrew Erkenbrecher and buddies blossomed right into a top-tier zoo inspiring a keenness for nature-a champion of endangered species with its personal college-preparatory highschool and an unequalled dedication to schooling, study, and leading edge breeding courses. It has survived The Perils of Pauline economics as obdurate Cincinnatians got here to its rescue time after time, charmed through animals and occasions came upon the following: chimps Mr. and Mrs. Rooney, Susie the Gorilla who took tea and smoked Chesterfields, Rodney the boxing kangaroo, Martha the final passenger pigeon on the earth, outdoors operas, and dancing lower than the celebs.

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The Dragon in the Driveway (Dragon Keepers, Book 2)

By Kate Klimo

The Dragon Keepers have a brand new mission!

It's been raining for days, and dragon keepers Jesse and Daisy were caught inside of with their dragon, Emmy. once the rain stops, they're out of the home in a flash. First on their record of items to do? to determine what the villainous Dr. St. George—a dragon slayer in disguise—is as much as.

But Dr. St. George isn’t in his workplace on the collage, and all of his stuff is long gone! Jesse, Daisy, and Emmy fast notice St. George’s most up-to-date evil plan: to take over the woodland and locate the magic golden ax that's buried there. To make issues worse, he has additionally enslaved the legendary beings which are returning to Goldmine urban. Can the 2 dragon keepers and their dragon unfastened the hobgoblins and dryads below St. George’s energy and go back the woodland to right?

From the Hardcover edition.

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Invisible Beasts

By Sharona Muir

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Longlist
Orion publication Award Finalist
O, The Oprah Magazine “Title to choose Up Now”

“An remarkable feat of imagination.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Invisible Beasts is a wierd and lovely meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of myth and box consultant, novel and essay, treatise and fantasy. With one hand it bargains a tragic remark on environmental degradation, whereas with the opposite it offers a vibrant, whimsical, and humorous exploration of what it skill to be human. It’s splendidly written, crazily imagined, and totally original.” —ANTHONY DOERR, writer of All the sunshine we won't See and The Shell Collector

Sophie is an beginner naturalist with a unprecedented genetic reward: the power to work out a fabulous nation of invisible, sentient creatures that proportion a necessary courting with humankind. To checklist her observations, Sophie creates a private bestiary and, as she relates the unusual talents of those endangered beings, her stories turn into striking meditations on love, intercourse, evolution, extinction, fact, and self-knowledge.

In the culture of E.O. Wilson’s Anthill, Invisible Beasts is inspiring, philosophical, and richly unique fiction grounded by way of medical truth and a profound perception into nature. the glorious creations inside its pages—an historic animal that makes use of traditional chilly fusion for strength, a species of vampire bat that could pay attention whilst their human host is mendacity, a continent-sized sponge dwelling lower than the ice of Antarctica—illuminate the function that each one dwelling creatures play within the setting and remind us of what we stand to lose if we fail to acknowledge our entwined destinies.

Sharona Muir is the writer of The booklet of Telling: Tracing the secrets and techniques of My Father’s Lives. The recipient of a Hodder Fellowship and nationwide Endowment for the humanities Fellowship, her writing has seemed in Granta, Orion journal, Virginia Quarterly evaluation, The Paris Review, and somewhere else. She is a Professor of inventive Writing and English at Bowling eco-friendly country college. Invisible Beasts is her first novel.

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The Golden Ass: The Transformations of Lucius (FSG Classics)

By Apuleius

The tale of The Golden Ass is that of Lucius Apuleius, a tender guy of fine beginning who encountered many unusual adventures whereas disporting himself alongside the roads to Thessaly. no longer the least of those happened whilst Apuleius indignant a priestess of the White Goddess, who became him into an ass. the story of ways Apuleius handled this misfortune and at last resumed human shape is conveyed by way of Robert Graves in glossy English that's infused with a bawdy wit and experience of event that's "itself a small masterpiece of twentieth-century prose" (Kenneth Rexroth, Saturday Review).

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Engineering Animals: How Life Works

By Mark Denny

The alarm calls of birds lead them to tough for predators to find, whereas the howl of wolves and the croak of bullfrogs are designed to hold throughout lengthy distances. From an engineer's standpoint, how do such really good diversifications between dwelling issues rather work? And how does physics constrain evolution, channeling it specifically directions?

Writing with wit and a richly proficient experience of ask yourself, Denny and McFadzean supply knowledgeable examine animals as works of engineering, each one exquisitely tailored to a selected demeanour of survival, no matter if that suggests spinning webs or flying throughout continents or looking within the dark-or writing books. this actual publication, containing greater than 100 illustrations, conveys essentially, for engineers and nonengineers alike, the actual rules underlying animal constitution and behavior.

Pigeons, for instance-when understood as marvels of engineering-are flying distant sensors: they've got wideband acoustical receivers, hi-res optics, magnetic sensing, and celestial navigation. Albatrosses dissipate little power whereas touring throughout monstrous southern oceans, through exploiting a method identified to glider pilots as dynamic hovering. between bugs, one species of fly can find the resource of a legitimate accurately, even if the fly itself is way smaller than the wavelength of the sound it hears. And that big-brained, upright nice Ape? Evolution has outfitted us to determine a major truth concerning the flora and fauna: that there's extra to existence than engineering, yet no existence in any respect with out it.

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Young Fredle

By Cynthia Voigt

Cynthia Voigt crafts a singular approximately discovery, standpoint, and the which means of home—all in the course of the eyes of an affable and fearful little mouse. Fredle is an earnest younger fellow unexpectedly solid out of his comfortable domestic at the back of the kitchen cabinets—into the surface. it is a new global of colour and texture and grass and sky. yet with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a distinct kind of mouse (field mice, they are known as) no longer totally reliable. Do the risks outweigh the joys of discovery? Fredle's quest to come again inside of quickly turns into a wild experience of predators and allies, of colour and sound, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to appreciate, of freedom.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

By Thomas French

"This tale, informed by means of a grasp teller of such issues, does greater than take you contained in the cages, fences, and partitions of a zoo. It takes you contained in the human center, and an elephant's, and a primate's, and on and on. Tom French did during this ebook what he continually does. He took actual existence and wrote it down for us, with eloquence and feeling and aching detail."
-Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author

"An insightful and distinct examine the complicated lifetime of a zoo and its denizens, either animal and human."
-Yann Martel, writer of Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil

Welcome to the savage and marvelous global of Zoo Story, an exceptional account of the key lifetime of a zoo and its population. according to six years of study, the publication follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weak point for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession body spray, and an excellent yet tyrannical CEO often called El Diablo Blanco.

The sweeping narrative takes the reader from the African savannah to the forests of Panama and deep into the internal workings of a spot a few describe as a sanctuary and others condemn as a jail. Zoo Story indicates us how those awesome participants stay, how a few die, and what their stories demonstrate concerning the human wish to either exalt and keep watch over nature.

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