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Discussion in 'TV, Movies, Books about Zoos & Wildlife' started by Chlidonias, 3 Oct 2012.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Which ones did you buy?

    I'm putting my money on "Poisonous Plants of Pakistan" :D
     
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    Tucanos, Lost Land Of The Dodo, European Reptile and Amphibian Guide, and The Naturalized Animals of Britain and Ireland (of which I only have the early edition so I need to update). It only comes to about $100 so actually very cheap for four books, but still more than I should have spent. I'm particularly looking forward to the toucan book.

    As an aside, I also recently got Squirrels Of The World which covers every species. A very good buy. Squirrels of the World : Hardback : Richard W. Thorington, John L. Koprowski, Michael A. Steele, James F. Whatton : 9781421404691
     
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    They all sound quite good, but I won't be buying any at this time. I'll wait to learn about the Pakistani Woolly Flying Squirrels in HMW vol. 6 :D

    I've been stocking up on zoo books recently (aswell as HMW vol. 1 & 2), got both the Staglands and Cotswold Wildlife Park histories recently, as well as a few guidebooks (including Orana Park 1986).
     
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    I don't have the Lost Land Of The Dodo, but the other three books are all excellent.

    I hadn't heard about Squirrels of the World before, but it's certainly whet my nerdy appetite. Is each species illustrated (where possible)?
     
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    Land of the Dodo is very good book. I just realised I spent way too much on it. I was interested in Samuel Turvey's book on Holocene extinctions but it's unfortunately already sold out.
     
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    I haven't had a chance to read it properly yet, but yes where possible every species is illustrated with a photo of a living specimen (231 out of 285 species have photos). Distribution maps are included for all species. The skulls of all genera are also illustrated at the back.

    Sample pages here: Squirrels of the World - Richard W. Thorington, Jr., John L. Koprowski, Michael A. Steele, James F. Whatton - Google Books
     
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    Very nice - this just got elevated from desirable to essential purchase!
     
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    Oh wicked Chlidonias, tempting us like this :rolleyes:

    I may choose something more literary, J A Baker's classic meditation The Peregrine.

    Alan
     
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    That link cost me £55 (the book plus 2cd's I fancied on Amazon). Many thanks (beans on toast for a fortnight now).:)
     
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    I got a copy of the squirrels of the world book recently! It's a great a book although I was disappointed they don't list every prevost sub-species! But that's just being picky :)
     
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    I look forward to an in-depth discussion on subspecific variation in Ratufa when we next meet!
     
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    I thought that you were joking about this title zooboy28, but see that it really does exist.

    I wonder if the CIA or some other anti-terrorist organization has distributed copies of this book in the areas where the Al Quaeda guys are living in caves and retitled it "Things That Are Good To Eat"?
     
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    I doubt you can find idiots which don't know their native nature including plants in this region.
     
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    always glad to be of service :D
     
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    I'd snap up the squirrels book in a shot if it didn't cost so much :p
     
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    Absolutely, but if it's before I've sat the exams I'm currently studying for we may have to restrict it to our opinions on all the pretty pictures:).
     
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    I would also like to recommend this recently published book to fellow natural history bibliophiles: [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owls-World-Photographic-Guide-Guides/dp/1408130289"]Owls Of The World: A Photographic Guide[/ame].

    Considerably cheaper and (in my opinion) better than the König and Weick book that came out a couple of years ago - an excellent book in itself, but let down by substandard illustrations.
     
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    Haha. Well, the war on terror is mired in ignorance on all sides.
     
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    Also, many of the jahadists within Pakistan are from Saudi Arabia and other places, so they probably really don't know their poisonous plants of Pakistan.