BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Books Reviews -

This is a must-have cat book: an ab­so­lute gem. Luke Hunter, pres­i­dent of Pan­thera, the or­gan­i­sa­tion de­voted to conserving the world’s 38 wild cat species, pro­vides ex­cel­lent pro­files of them all, de­tail­ing their ap­pear­ance, bi­ol­ogy, ecol­ogy, be­hav­iour and con­ser­va­tion sta­tus. If you’re at all un­sure about the nat­u­ral history of the Chi­nese moun­tain cat or how far pu­mas will swim for a meal, this is the book for you. Many of the fine pho­tos, such as the cam­er­a­trapped im­age of a tiger gaz­ing down at an In­dian city, are thought-pro­vok­ing and Priscilla Bar­rett’s il­lus­tra­tions are lovely. In this cap­ti­vat­ing pho­tog­ra­phy book au­thor Lewis Black­well ex­plores the wildlife in our oceans and our re­la­tion­ship with the sea. A vis­ual feast of time­less im­ages and con­tem­po­rary favourites by world-fa­mous pho­tog­ra­phers, in­clud­ing Art Wolfe and Alex Mus­tard, it cel­e­brates di­verse species and high­lights the hu­man im­pact on the marine ecosys­tems that they in­habit. Along­side the pic­tures, quo­ta­tions from the likes of Wil­liam Shake­speare and Jac­ques Cousteau and in­for­ma­tive es­says cov­er­ing mar­itime history and re­search pro­vide food for thought.

De­cem­ber 2015

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