International Wildlife Encyclopedia - Vol. 1

International Wildlife Encyclopedia - Vol. 1

International Wildlife Encyclopedia - Vol. 1

International Wildlife Encyclopedia - Vol. 1

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Wildlife exists well beyond the everyday reach of most people. Zoos and aquariums provide a glimpse of the wild, and documentary films bring dramatic images home from the field. Some people, like adventurers and scientists, with keen powers of observation and seemingly limitless patience report on species in natural environments that few people will ever visit. This third edition of the much-loved International Wildlife Encyclopedia organizes the ever-growing body of scientific information on animals for students and general readers eager for access to the details of a particular animal's way of life or for the enjoyment that can be found in reports on the wonders of nature. In keeping with the venerable tradition established by the encyclopedia's first editors, Maurice Burton and Robert Burton, this thoroughly revised and updated edition includes nearly 1,200 articles providing a wealth of information on thousands of species from amoebas to zebras. A team of recognized experts on the physical features and ways of life of animal species has ensured that the encyclopedia is both accurate and up-to-date. Newly selected, color illustrations accompany every entry, and for the first time, color maps appear in most entries to illustrate discussions of species population, range and prospects for survival.

In addition to maintaining the high standard of lively, well-written accounts of the appearance and behavior of individual species, this edition introduces fifteen new articles on biomes and habitats, focusing on the interrelationship between survival and environment. More than thirty guidepost entries now single out some of the most popular animal groups for broad overviews of family relations. Including easy-to-read family trees, these guidepost articles also direct readers to hundreds of more detailed articles on related species. Special attention is given throughout these volumes to the taxonomic relations and systematic naming of species in order to help readers understand how scientists have classified genetic diversity among animal families.

Species from every branch of the animal world, every region of earth's landmasses and all oceans find representation in this set of extensively illustrated articles. Numerous animals not covered in entries of their own can be found referenced in various indexes based on common and scientific names, geographical location and behavior. The success and popularity of previous editions of the International Wildlife Encyclopedia and the considerable anticipation surrounding the release of this revision illustrate the enduring interest and enjoyment in expanding our knowledge and understanding of wild animals.

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