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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids
by David Macdonald and Andrew Loveridge
Pages: 736 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Size: 7 MB
The editors utilize their 50 years of combined experience in professional engagement with the behaviour and ecology of wild felids to draw together a unique network of the world's most respected and knowledgeable experts. For the first time, this inter-disciplinary research programme is brought together within a single volume.
Beginning with a complete account of all 36 felid species, there follow 8 comprehensive review chapters that span all the topics most relevant to felid conservation science, including evolution and systematics, felid form and function, genetic applications, behavioural ecology, management of species that come into conflict with people and control of international trade in felid species, conservation tools/techniques, ex situ management, and felid diseases. 19 detailed case studies then delve deeply into syntheses of the very best species investigations worldwide, written by all the leading figures in the field. These chapters portray the unique attributes of the wild felids, describe their fascinating (and conflicting) relationship with humans, and create an unparalleled platform for future research and conservation measures. A final chapter analyses the requirements of, and inter-disciplinary approaches to, practical conservation with cutting-edge examples of conservation science and action that go far beyond the cat family.
- The first comprehensive coverage of felid conservation biology
- Edited by world-renowned specialists with enormous combined experience of both the theory and practice of felid biology
- 8 enduring review chapters cover hot topics in felid conservation biology
- 19 uniquely synthesised case study chapters ensure comprehensive geographic, taxonomic, and thematic coverage
- Provides a unique conceptual framework for future research and applied management
- An indispensible foundation for theoretician and practitioner alike, setting the agenda for the next decade of felid biology and conservation
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