240 pages, 86 colour plates, 340 b/w illustrations
Ranging from the largest terrestrial carnivore, the polar bear, and hyper-predatory wild cats, to the tiny least weasel that can squeeze through a wedding ring, the true carnivores – order Carnivora – include some of the world's most charismatic, admired, feared and spectacular creatures. The first comprehensive guide to every terrestrial species, A Field Guide to the Carnivores of the World profiles all 250 of the world's carnivores.
A detailed account for each species describes key identification characteristics, distribution and habitat, behaviour, feeding ecology, social patterns, life-history statistics, conservation and the latest on classification, including some unexpected discoveries. Eighty-six magnificent specially commissioned colour plates by top wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett depict each species, with subspecies and colour variations shown for many. There are line drawings of skulls (230) and footprints (110), as well as black-and-white sketches depicting the behaviour of specific species (45). This is an essential reading for anyone interested in wildlife – appeals to travellers, wildlife enthusiasts, mammal students, conservation planners and specialists.
Carnivore families 7
The conservation challenge 12
About Panthera 14
Structure of the species account 14
Felidae - Cats 16
Hyaenidae - Hyaenas 50
Herpestidae - Mongooses 54
Eupleridae - Fosa and Allies 72
Prionodontidae - Linsangs 76
Viverridae - Genets, Oyans and Civets 76
Nandiniidae - African Palm Civet 94
Canidae - Dogs 96
Ursidae - Bears 122
Procyonidae - Raccoons, Coatis and Allies 134
Ailuridae - Red Panda 140
Mephitidae - Skunks and Stink Badgers 142
Mustelidae - Weasels, Martens, Badgers and Otters 150
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Luke Hunter has worked on the ecology and conservation of carnivores since 1992, and is currently President of the conservation charity Panthera. His doctorate and postdoctoral research involved work on big cat conservation. He has contributed to more than 100 scientific papers and articles; this is his sixth book.