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The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World

The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Berger, Joel

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At dawn on a brutally cold January morning in 1998, Joel Berger crouched in the icy grandeur of the Teton Range. It had been three years since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone after a sixty-year absence, and members of a wolf pack were approaching a herd of elk. To Berger'...s utter shock, the elk ignored the wolves as they went in for the kill. The brutal attack that followed - swift and bloody - led Berger to hypothesize that after only six decades, the elk had forgotten to fear a species that had survived by eating them for hundreds of millennia.Berger's fieldwork that frigid day raised important questions that would require years of travel and research to answer: Can naive animals avoid extinction when they encounter reintroduced carnivores? To what extent is fear culturally transmitted? And how can a better understanding of current predator-prey behavior help demystify past extinctions and inform future conservation? The Better to Eat You With is the chronicle of Berger's search for answers. From Yellowstone's elk and wolves to rhinos living with African lions and moose coexisting with tigers and bears in Asia, Berger tracks cultures of fear in animals across continents and climates, engaging readers with a stimulating combination of natural history, personal experience, and conservation. Whether battling bureaucracy in the statehouse or fighting subzero wind chills in the field, Berger puts himself in the middle of the action, and The Better to Eat You With invites readers to join him there. The thrilling tales Berger tells reveal a great deal not only about survival in the animal kingdom but also about the process of doing science in forbidding conditions and hostile environments.
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ISBN 9780226043630
Released NZ 15 Sep 2008
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780226043630
Stock Available
Status Back Order Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Released 15 Sep 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Berger, Joel
Category Science: General Issues
Wild Animals
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 591.5
Weight 640g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Fear in animals
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade

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