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No group of wild mammals so universally captures the emotions of people world-wide than do wild canids. That emotion can be enchantment and fascination, but it can also be loathing, because the opportunism that is the hallmark of the dog family also leads them into conflict with humans.
In thedeveloped world at least, the fascination with wild canids doubtless stems from people's captivation with domestic dogs - everybody feels they are an expert on canids! While most people may be familiar with only the better known members of the dog family, such as the grey wolf and the red fox, thereare in fact 36 species of wolves, dogs, jackals and foxes.
They attract hugely disproportionate interest from academics, conservationists, veterinarians, wildlife managers and the general public. This book brings together in single volume an astonishing synthesis of research done in the last twenty years and is the first truly compendious synthesis on wild canids.
Fifteen detailed case studies then delve deeply into the very best species investigations currently availablewritten by all the leading figures in the field. Much of the material is previously unpublished and will make fascinating reading far beyond the confines of canid specialists. These chapters portray the unique attributes of wild canids, their fascinating and conflictive relationship with man,and suggestions for future research and conservation measures for the Canidae.
While most canid species are widespread and thrive in human dominated landscapes, several are in severe jeopardy; habitat loss, illegal hunting, persecution by farmers and disease all imperil dwindling populations. Afinal chapter analyses the requirements of, and approaches to, practical conservation, with lessons that go far beyond the dog family.
It concentrates particular attention on priorities for the protection of the most threatened canid species, including the red wolf, African wild dog, Ethiopian wolf,Island fox and Darwin's fox. This book aims to be a synthetic overview of wild canidae, covering various topics from canid social behavior to wildlife management.
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Part II consists of case st This book aims to be a synthetic overview of wild canidae, covering various topics from canid social behavior to wildlife management. Part II consists of case studies involving each species. Generally speaking, the articles are of very high quality, as expected from Oxford's biology series. While some of the discussion could be a bit overly schematic or somewhat misleadingly simplified - in the population genetics chapter, for example - this can usually be attributed to the constraints of writing for an audience which does not entirely or even necessarily primarily consist of research ecologists, evolutionary biologists, etc.
Overall, the discussion is at an excellent intermediate level, perfect for scientists from other specialties or disciplines like me or general readers who are too advanced for most pop science books but want some grounding before they delve further into the literature.
What holds me back from giving the book a strongly positive review is not the quality of the contributions taken in isolation, but the editorial strategy. I frankly did not like the "case studies" approach. While the case studies were intrinsically interesting, they felt relatively scattershot and un-integrated; I thought the book would've been much better served by in-depth review articles for each species, to the extent possible. Case study references could then be included in end-of-chapter "further reading.
For example, a chapter about how canidae, and predators in general, regulate community structure. There is some excellent content in this book to be sure, I learned a lot reading it, and I think the biologist, conservationist, or wildlife enthusiast would not be wasting their money getting this on their shelves, but I don't think it succeeds at its central mission of providing a synthetic overview of general canid biology.
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About D. See David W. Books by D. Trivia About The Biology and C The more prolific and adaptable species, such as the red fox and coyote, have fared well despite this, but more specialist species, like the Ethiopian wolf have suffered and nine of the 36 recognized canid species are threatened with extinction.
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With human populations continuing to grow, the pressure on many species will undoubtedly increase. As its name implies, the Plan aspires to identify important conservation actions and to plan for their implementation.
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