City Critters

Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

By Nicholas Read
(Orca Book Publishers, Paperback, 9781554693948, 134pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2012

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Description
When we think of wild animals, we don't immediately associate them with the cities we live in. But a closer look soon reveals that we share our urban environment with a great many untamed creatures. Heavily illustrated with color photographs throughout and full of entertaining and informative facts, City Critters examines how and why so many wild animals choose to live in places that, on first glance at least, seem contrary to their needs. How do those deer, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, coyotes, crows, gulls and geese--not to mention the alligators, eagles, otters and snakes--manage to survive in the big city? What special skills do city critters have that many of their wilderness cousins lack? Why have they developed these skills? And what are our responsibilities in ensuring that these animals can continue to share our city lives?



About the Author
Nicholas Read, a lifelong lover of animals, has written on animal issues for the "Vancouver Sun" and on other issues for "The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star" and other publications. He has lived in both Canada and the United Kingdom, where he worked for the national animal-rights organization Animal Aid. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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