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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals in America

Field / Identification GuidePopular Science

By: Tom Jackson

256 pages, colour photographs, illustrations and maps

Lorenz Books

Hardback | Jan 2007 | #159185 | ISBN-13: 9780754816171
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About this book

This is a fully illustrated expert guide to over 575 mammals, amphibians and reptiles of the United States, Canada and South America. Every in-depth entry provides a full description and details of distribution, habitat, food, size, life span and conservation status. A fascinating natural history section explains how animals adapt to their habitats, as well as information about anatomy, reproduction, ecology, migration, hibernation, biomes, endangered species and wildlife conservation.

This book is a comprehensive visual guide to over 575 major species from the Arctic Circle, Alaska and Canada through to the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. Animals are grouped for easy reference according to their related types: frogs and toads, crocodilians, snakes, cats, dogs, bears, hoofed animals, New World monkeys, marsupials, dolphins and whales. From the largest land carnivore, the Kodiak bear, to the most agile of primates, the black-handed spider monkey, all the animals are accompanied by a lively description of their physical characteristics and behaviour, with easy-to-read information panels detailing their distribution, habitat, food, size, life span and conservation status. Additional information about the less common species is presented in at-a-glance panels throughout the book.

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Tom Jackson is an experienced author of natural history and science books. Since graduating with a degree in zoology from Bristol University, he has worked at Jersey Zoo and has been involved in the conservation of endangered wildlife in Zimbabwe. As a travel journalist, he has explored the wondrous Galapagos Islands and the Amazonian rainforests. Tom's published works include: Tropical Forest (Raintree); Nature Factfile: Monkeys (Southwater); The World Encyclopedia of Animals and Parrots, Tropical and Rainforest Birds (both published by Lorenz Books). Michael Chinery the consultant, studied botany, zoology, geology and anthropology at Cambridge University, England. He has worked as an editor on a science magazine for young people, and on a number of British wildlife magazines. As a freelance writer and editor, he has contributed numerous articles to natural history magazines, written and edited definitive field guides, and has acted as a consultant for the Lorenz Books Nature Watch series. His published works include The Hunt for Food (Southwater); Guide to the Wildlife of Britain and Europe (Kingfisher Field Guides); and Natural History of the Garden (Collins).

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