Carnivores of the World

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Raubtiere der Welt: Ein Feldführer
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Guide des Carnivores du Monde
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About the Book

Carnivores are among the most spectacular creatures in the natural world, and also the most feared. Carnivores of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores, from the majestic polar bear and predatory wild cats to the tiny least weasel. This user-friendly illustrated guide features 86 color plates by acclaimed wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett that depict every species and numerous subspecies, as well as about 400 line drawings of skulls and footprints. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, distribution and habitat, feeding ecology, behavior, social patterns, reproduction and demography, status, threats, lifespan, and mortality. Carnivores of the World includes an introduction that provides a concise overview of taxonomy, conservation, and the distinct families within the order Carnivora.

‘Carnivores of the World’ was chosen as a 2011 Best Reference Science Book by Library Journal. Read the review.

  • Covers all 245 terrestrial species of true carnivores
  • Includes 86 color plates by acclaimed wildlife artist Priscilla Barrett
  • Features detailed species accounts and hundreds of line drawings
  • The first field guide of its kind

I don't know of a concise global summary of carnivores like this. The illustrations cover a wide range of forms from all over the world, including many that are rarely photographed or preserved in museums." - Roland W. Kays, coauthor of Mammals of North America


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About the Author

Dr. Luke Hunter serves as Panthera’s President where he oversees the direction and strategy of all of the organization’s global wild cat conservation programs. Before joining Panthera, Dr. Hunter headed the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Great Cats Program and taught wildlife ecology at several universities in Australia and South Africa.

Dr. Hunter has conducted fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992. His Ph.D. dissertation examined the behavior and ecology of reintroduced cheetahs and lions in South Africa, and evaluated the effectiveness of reintroduction as a tool to re-establish large cat populations. Dr. Hunter’s current projects include assessing the effects of sport hunting and illegal persecution on leopards outside protected areas, developing a conservation strategy for lions across their African range, and the first intensive study of Persian leopards and the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. Dr. Hunter has contributed to over 80 scientific papers and popular articles, and has published six books, including his latest Carnivores of the World.