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An exhaustive resource for penguin-o-philes, amateur and academic alike, Penguin-Pedia unites careful analysis of the behavior, habitat, reproduction, feeding habits, and population levels of all seventeen penguin species with the author's personal observations and reflections. Each chapter draws on a wealth of scientific data and reports, as well as providing detailed measurements and weights of penguins from various colonies and nests. An extensive bibliography will direct students of the penguin to scholarly books and journals, while dozens of full-color photographs of penguins in their natural habitat and personal accounts provide entertainment for the layman. A full directory of penguin exhibiting zoos from around the world completes this source of all things penguin.
Penguins have become a standard fixture in both zoos and imaginations for centuries. But beyond the classic tuxedo markings of the Emperor penguin and what we see in childrens cartoons, how much do we really know about these fascinating creatures? How aware are we of the perpetual danger in which these animals find themselves after so many years of environmental abuse on the part of humans? David Salomon has traveled the world photographing and studying the various species and subspecies of penguin. From the sleek Galapagos penguin to the bushy-eyebrowed Rockhopper penguin, Salomon combines personal accounts of his trips to remote penguin habitats at the far edges of the world with a comprehensive survey of all available scientific data for the various penguin species.
Penguin-Pedia is a wealth of information on penguin behavior, habits, population, and endangerment. Full of David's own up-close photography, Penguin-Pedia will bring you into the fascinating world of the penguin.
David Salomon is a lifelong photographer, part-time writer, and full-time real estate developer from Dallas, Texas. The author of Who Needs a Government went from pursuing the topic of bureaucracy to delving into the intricate world of penguins. David has always loved animals and has a knack for taking pictures, specializing in outdoor photography. After being struck by penguin-mania, David spent the next two summers sailing the southern oceans, photographing all seventeen penguin species. Every picture in this book was taken by David. He also launched a massive search to personally verify old and new information about these graceful birds.
"Penguin-Pedia is an informative and inspiring tribute to the seventeen species of penguins on the planet today. David Salomon's attention to detail and beautifully photographed images combine to provide an enlightening educational experience."
- Mike Bingham, Organization for the Conservation of Penguins
"Knowledge is a prerequisite for help. This is the credo of David Salomon, and if you are looking for an entertaining book about penguins with excellent images and lots of information, then this is the right one. WAZA also supports the conservation of African penguins with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds in cooperation with numerous zoos. In times of dwindling biodiversity, it is of utmost importance that we join forces in conservation, based on increased knowledge and better understanding. A beautiful book."
- Gerald Dick, PhD, MAS, CEO, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
"David Salomon's extensive research of penguins is evident in his attention to detail and use of charts to compare and contrast the various aspects of all seventeen extant penguin species. His excellent photography greatly enhances the experience of learning more about each type of penguin and their habits."
- Michael Meadows, president and CEO, Dallas Zoological Society.
"Penguins have captivated us ever since we learned of these arctic and cold-defying birds. Penguin-Pedia: Photographs and Facts from One Man's Search for the Penguins of the World is a full color, complete and comprehensive exploration of penguins and their habitats all throughout Antarctica. Exploring more than the commonly depicted Emperor penguin, David Salomon offers information on many other breeds of the bird and provides plenty for the penguin lover to enjoy. For those looking for a penguin-themed coffee table book, Penguin-Pedia is an excellent and much recommended pick."
- Midwest Book Review, January 2012