By Luke Hunter, Dave Hamman
Esteemed for its pace and athleticism, fashionable for its grace and sweetness, coveted for its searching prowess, the cheetah has still been harrassed and hounded to the purpose of extinction. writer Luke Hunter, a expert on African carnivores, appears into the heritage, evolution, behaviour and day by day survival of 1 of the main interesting of the massive cats. He discusses the ancestry of the cheetah, its searching thoughts, copy, social behaviour and standing all through African and Iran - the final closing pocket of the species in Asia. Hunter additionally makes a speciality of the tenuous way forward for the cheetah, its reducing habitat and declining numbers, and offers with the rapid and long term conservation matters dealing with the species. His authoritative textual content highlights the most recent examine on cheetahs, dispelling the myths and offering a accomplished review of the cheetah within the wild. through the publication, his first-hand box observations complement information at the most recent ecological discoveries from cheetah researchers throughout Africa. strong, full-colour photos through Dave Hamman make this booklet a visible banquet and display a global that's either intensely inner most and hugely dramatic. Hamman's portrayal of the numerous modes and actions of this elusive animal provides a luxurious gallery of images, whereas even as helping develop our wisdom - and support make sure the survival - of this outstanding and lovely cat.
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