eBook The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Carnivores, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615303855
  • ISBN-13: 9781615303854
  • DDC: 599.7
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
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Overview

Sharp-toothed and quick-footed, carnivorous mammals are primed for the hunt. Far from ruthless, however, carnivores—hunters by nature and necessity—are integral to maintaining ecological balance. While predatory behavior often seems grisly, many carnivores are actually omnivorous and many can even be domesticated. This striking volume journeys from secluded forest habitats to our own homes to survey the unique features and behaviors of various species of carnivore. Vivid color photographs accompany the text and provide a detailed look at these amazing creatures.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Carnivores.
2: Importance of Carnivora.
3: Behaviour.
4: Form and Function.
5: Distribution and Abundance.
6: Classification.
7: Bears.
8: Natural History.
9: Form and Function.
10: Importance to Humans.
11: Evolution.
12: Familiar Bears.
13: American Black Bears.
14: Asiatic Black Bears.
15: Brown Bears.
16: Grizzly Bears.
17: Giant Pandas.
18: Lesser Pandas.
19: Polar Bears.
20: Sloth Bears.
21: Spectacled Bears.
22: Sun Bears.
23: Canines.
24: Natural History.
25: Dominance Hierarchy.
26: Form and Function.
27: Importance to Humans.
28: Evolution.
29: Wolves and Wolflike Canines.
30: Gray Wolves.
31: Other Wolves.
32: Bush Dogs.
33: Coyotes.
34: Territorial Behaviour.
35: Dingoes.
36: Dholes.
37: Raccoon Dogs.
38: Jackals.
39: African Hunting Dogs.
40: Foxlike Canines.
41: Red Foxes.
42: Most Crafty of All Beasts.
43: Arctic Foxes.
44: Bat-Eared Foxes.
45: Crab-Eating Foxes.
46: Fennecs.
47: Gray Foxes.
48: Maned Wolves.
49: South American Foxes.
50: Felines.
51: Natural History.
52: Form and Function.
53: Evolution.
54: Larger Wild Felines.
55: Lions.
56: Tigers.
57: Jaguars.
58: Leopards.
59: Leopard Cats.
60: Snow Leopards.
61: Clouded Leopards.
62: Cheetahs.
63: Pumas.
64: The WWF.
65: Smaller Wild Felines.
66: Bobcats.
67: Caracals.
68: Fishing Cats.
69: Flat-Headed Cats.
70: Geoffroy's Cats.
71: Golden Cats.
72: Jaguarundis.
73: The Liger.
74: Lynxes.
75: Marbled Cats.
76: Margays.
77: Ocelots.
78: Pallas's Cats.
79: Servals.
80: Wildcats.
81: Weasels and Their Relatives.
82: Natural History of the Mustelids.
83: Well-Known Mustelids.
84: Weasels.
85: Badgers.
86: Ferrets.
87: Sables.
88: Minks.
89: Martens.
90: Wolverines.
91: Lesser-Known Mustelids.
92: Ermines.
93: Fishers.
94: Grisons.
95: Polecats.
96: Ratels.
97: Tayras.
98: Zorilles.
99: Raccoons, Skunks, Mongooses, Hyenas, and Viverrids.
100: Procyonids.
101: Kinkajous.
102: Natural History of the Procyonids.
103: Olingos.
104: Raccoons.
105: Cacomistles.
106: Coatis.
107: Skunks.
108: Scent.
109: Natural History.
110: Importance to Humans.
111: Paleontology.
112: Mongooses and Meerkats.
113: Mongooses.
114: Meerkats.
115: Hyenas and Aardwolves.
116: Hyenas.
117: Aardwolves.
118: Viverrids.
119: Civets.
120: Genets.
121: Linsangs.
122: Binturongs.
123: Fossas.
124: Domestic Carnivores.
125: Dogs.
126: Origin and History of Dogs.
127: Guide Dogs.
128: Physical Traits and Functions.
129: Heat (Estrus).
130: Behaviour.
131: The Breeds.
132: Domestic Cats.
133: Origin and History of Cats.
134: General Features and Special Adaptations.
135: The Domestic Shorthair.
136: Behaviour.
137: The Longhair.
138: Cats as Pets.
139: Nutrition.
140: Reproduction.
141: Diseases and Parasites.
142: Genetics.
143: Conclusion.
Appendices.
Dog Breeds and Their Places of Origin.
Selected Breeds of Sporting Dogs.
Selected Breeds of Hounds.
Selected Breeds of Terriers.
Selected Breeds of Working Dogs.
Selected Breeds of Herding Dogs.
Selected Breeds of Toy Dogs.
Selected Breeds of Nonsporting Dogs.
Selected Shorthair Breeds of Cats.
Selected Longhair Breeds of Cats.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.