Secret Language of Animals: A Guide to Remarkable Behavior
Janine M. Benyus
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Unlock the secrets behind the behavior of the world's most fascinating creatures? from the Adélie penguin to the plains zebra to the giant panda?in this wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book.
In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and the hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natural environments.
Divided geographically into five sections?Africa, Asia, North America, the oceans, and the poles?the book examines and describes the behavior, body language, and patterns of communication of 20 different animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, greater flamingo, Nile crocodile, giant panda, peacock, Komodo monitor, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, gray wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar bear, and Adélie penguin.
For each animal, Benyus describes and explains basic behaviors (locomotion, feeding, drinking, bathing, grooming, sleeping), communication behavior (greeting, social play, group defense, conflict, aggression/submission, fighting, courtship, copulation), and parenting behavior (birth, care and feeding, teaching, communal care).
The book is illustrated throughout with tender yet precise line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly capture everything from changing facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and aggressive interactions. The text, too, is both intimate and informative, allowing for a deep connection with, and a great admiration for, each one of the animals.
Main benefits of elephant, dolphin, and whale shows, for instance, is the mental exercise that they give these brainy mammals. Birds also like stimuli and will spend hours playing with wooden balls and other objects. Primates have perhaps the greatest craving for novelty and stimulation. To make an old exhibit new, some zoos change the rope patterns regularly, giving swinging apes a chance to devise new routes. Other zoos are experimenting with new ways of feeding, trying to capitalize on the.
Period. The impulse to yawn may come from within the animal, or it may come as a suggestion from outside (which is why I just yawned and you may be thinking about it). The internal trigger for yawning and stretching is part of the body’s automatic “self-righting” system. When an animal rests, its blood flow eventually becomes sluggish. Oxygen, which rides in the bloodstream, may not be reaching the brain in sufficient quantities, and this shortage sets off the deep yawning response. Yawning.
Spots of color on their bodies that look astonishingly like the eyes of a hawk or owl. It’s easy to understand why tasty butterflies would sport these menacing eyespots, but why would cobras need to have them on the back of their raised hood? Cobras are abundantly equipped to win a fight, but like other animals, they don’t want to have to prove it. Spooking their enemy with owl-spots lets them save their venom for feeding time, when they need it to put struggling prey out of commission. Animals.
Do that is magical. Wild, healthy habitats do more than support life; they challenge it, inspiring new life forms and fine-tuning the ones that already exist. No matter how sophisticated our exhibits become, we can’t touch that. Maybe that’s why so many people in the zoo world are committed to saving the genuine article. They know that an animal is part and parcel of the forest, grassland, desert, or ocean that it evolved in. Without its native habitat, even the fastest, strongest, most clever.
Vital Stats ORDER Cetacea FAMILY Delphinidae SCIENTIFIC NAME Tursiops truncatus HABITAT Temperate and tropical oceans, mainly coastal waters, but also in bays and lagoons; sometimes ascends large rivers SIZE Length, 7–13 ft WEIGHT 330–440 lb Maximum 1,430 lb MAXIMUM AGE 42 years in captivity What is it that draws us so hypnotically to dolphins? Is it their Mona Lisa smile? Their athletic grace? Their penchant for keeping sailors company and rescuing human swimmers? Whatever the.