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Creatures of Habit: Understanding African Animal Behaviour [Hardcover]

Peter Apps , Richard du Toit

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The behaviour of mammals is as varied as the niches that they occupy. It is the interface between them and their environment, and between them and other animals -- from the violent struggle of a lion pride pulling down a buffalo, to the delicate precision of a mouse collecting seeds; from the stern glance with which a dominant male baboon displaces a subordinate from a shady resting spot, to the horn clashing battle of kudu bulls fighting for social rank and the access to females that it confers. Some behaviours are universal; others appear only in animals of certain species, only in one of the sexes, or only in animals of a certain age. Yet others are triggered by rare and special circumstances. The mysteries of mammal behaviour are manifold: Why do lions hunt in prides while other cats hunt alone? Why do suricate sentinels risk their lives to watch over their foraging relatives? This book offers answers to these questions and many more. Illustrated in text and photographs that reflect the author's and photographers many years of opportunity and experience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Beasts and their bizaare ways..... 18 Jun 2002
By Boo - Published on Amazon.com
Richard du Toit and Peter Apps, photographer and author of Creatures of Habit show intriguing insight in presenting the beguiling beauty and sometimes bizaare behaviour of curious African creatures. This is not just a reference book, it is a wonderful winding adventure through the African bush. It combines the charm of the charismatic mega fauna, (lion leopard elephants etc.)with the wonder of the often ignored, smaller superstars of the savannah scapes. Peter Apps writing is accessible and authoratative and he gives new insights into the private lives of many facinating creatures. The real cudos however, undoubtably go to Richard du Toit who must be one of the finest wildlife photographers working today. His pictures are fresh and inspiring and he manages to capture behavioural moments that regularly escape the eye of even the most experienced photographers. Richard shows an intimate understanding and clear passion for bushveld beasts. Perhaps the greatest thing about his pictures is that he never overlooks the little guys who invariably add originality and interest to every frame. Creatures of Habit is both informative and highly original. Top marks to Richard du Toit and Peter Apps!
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and informative 25 Feb 2014
By J. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
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I had waited a long time for a copy to become available that I could afford. This was in beautiful condition and was everything I had hoped it would be in explaining the habits of the animals in Africa.
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