Calls Beyond Our Hearing: Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices (Hardcover)

Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices

By Holly Menino

St. Martin's Press, 9780312587574, 272pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2012



A worldwide journey through the mystery and science of animal communication.

"Calls Beyond Our Hearing "is a fascinating exploration of animals, their voices, and their survival. Traveling from Panama to England, Africa to Puerto Rico, Quebec to America, Holly Menino learns from scientists, explorers, and cutting-edge studies about a wide variety of animal species as they feed, play, fight, mate, and communicate for survival. Voice by voice, researchers assemble the building blocks of animal communication, such as:

--How tungara frogs distinguish one mate from thousands of suitors
--The purposeful song duets of rare birds in a remote island wilderness
--England's iconic red deer and the interloper that is diluting the species
--How meerkats gather, warn or help each other, and reject outsiders with vocalizations
--The communication of elephants in close groups and across great distances

"Calls Beyond Our Hearing" will engage anyone interested in the musical world of creatures, and what animal communication can teach us about our own voices and songs.

About the Author

HOLLY MENINO is the author of two previous books, "Forward Motion "and "Darwin's Fox and My Coyote." A contributor to "Smithsonian" and "National Geographic," she has served as editorial director and contributor on numerous public radio features on the natural world. She lives in New York.

Praise For Calls Beyond Our Hearing: Unlocking the Secrets of Animal Voices

"A charming meditation on the world of sound."--Kirkus Reviews

"With her literate and lively style, [Menino] makes her book a scientific page-turner... Inviting, rigorous and balanced." --The Washington Post

"Fascinating."--Tucson Citizen Review