Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a £9.33 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The African Wild Dog: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (Monographs in Behavior and Ecology) [Paperback]

Scott Creel , Nancy Marusha Creel
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: £52.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 20 Sep.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback £52.00  
Trade In this Item for up to £9.33
Trade in The African Wild Dog: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (Monographs in Behavior and Ecology) for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £9.33, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

9 Jun 2002 Monographs in Behavior and Ecology

With only 5,000 surviving, the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of the world's most endangered large carnivores--and one of the most remarkable. This comprehensive portrait of wild dogs incorporates previously scattered information with important new findings from a six-year study in Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve, Africa's largest protected area.

The book emphasizes ecology, concentrating on why wild dogs fare poorly in protected areas that maintain healthy populations of lions, hyenas, or other top carnivores. In addition to conservation issues, it covers fascinating aspects of wild dog behavior and social evolution. The Creels use demographic, behavioral, endocrine, and genetic approaches to examine how and why nonbreeding pack mates help breeding pairs raise their litters. They also present the largest data set ever collected on mammalian predator-prey interactions and the evolution of cooperative hunting, allowing them to account for wild dogs' prowess as hunters.

By using a large sample size and sophisticated analytical tools, the authors step well beyond previous research. Their results include some surprises that will cause even specialists to rethink certain propositions, such as the idea that wild dogs are unusually vulnerable to infectious disease. Several findings apply broadly to the management of other protected areas.

Of clear appeal to ecologists studying predation and cooperation in any population, this book collects and expands a cache of information useful to anyone studying conservation as well as to amateurs intrigued by the once-maligned but extraordinary wild dog.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (9 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691016542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691016542
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"The African Wild Dog is a book about a species that is inherently fascinating for a wide variety of reasons. The authors demonstrate how different sorts of data can be collected simultaneously even under difficult field conditions, and they then bring state-of-the-art quantitative analyses to bear on theoretical issues of current interest. As a consequence, the book moves our understanding . . . forward in a compelling way. The work is behavioral ecology at its best."--Tim Caro, Science

"A monument to much that is best in naturalistic field research. . . . For the armchair conservationist it is easy to assume rarity is a man-made evil, but for the wild dog it is natural. . . . The African wild dog may soon have nowhere left to run."--David W. MacDonald, Times Literary Supplement

"This book is essential for anyone interested in the behavior and conservation of large carnivores. The advanced statistical techniques and in-depth discussions of dispersal, hunting, and sociality should be of interest to most behavioral ecologists, and the smooth integration of behavioral observations and analytical conservation biology serves as a model for future studies of endangered species."--Theodore Stankowich, Ethnology

From the Inside Flap

"There is no book like this on wild dogs. It is a valuable, engaging, and well-written contribution to science."--Joshua Ginsberg, Director, Asia Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

"This long-needed monograph on wild dogs fills a major gap in the literature. Containing a mass of new information and arguments that will advance many fields, it is a worthy addition to a distinguished set of books on large African carnivores."--James R. Malcolm, University of Redlands

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
The scientific name of the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) means painted wolf, a reference to their patchwork coats of brown, black, and white, which Angier (1996) aptly called "a furred version of combat fatigues." Read the first page
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly but a good read 25 April 2008
The first point to make about this book is that it is a comprehensive study of factors effecting Wild Dog population numbers and survivability complete with study graphs and plots. Its target audience is probably zoology or biology undergraduates.

That said it was comprehensible to this literature graduate and I had to refer to the missus (a mathamatics graduate) only once or twice to tease out the precise meaning of a graph. The bottom line is that it is a good read if you are interested in the subject. I am interested having been lucky enough to see these beautiful creatures in Botswana. An experience that will always stay with me. It certainly sparked a desire to go to the Selous Game Reserve where the study was done.

It is a study in well researched but accessible scientific writing and you will certainly know more about the ecology and lives of 'Wild Dogs' when you finish the book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and informative 28 Feb 2010
Faniscating and interesting book on a topic that is not covered in such detail anywhere else, the behavior of the African Wild Dog.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 26 Feb 2008
By Robyn A. Stryker - Published on Amazon.com
This book is everything it claims to be. It is a thorough, interesting and very readable (though scientific) resource on the African Wild Dog and I would recommend it to anyone dealing with the species, or wanting to know more about the dogs and how they are studied.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book on wild dogs. 19 Aug 2002
By Auliya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
That's not just a compliment. It's a literal fact. There is no other book dedicated to wild dogs. Not in print. Probably not at all. And if we're to be "stuck" with just one publication, it is sheer pleasure to be stuck with this one. Highly readable, engaging, informative... robust science, excellent documentation, interesting and mind-expanding explanations and statistics... There's no other book out there, but even if there were, it would be hard pressed to meet this publication for quality and readability. Five stars. Worth every penny.
5.0 out of 5 stars The African Wild Dog - An excellent book 5 April 2011
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A well written summary of the peer-reviewed literature and more. A great source of information for those interested in learning more than the typical brief synopsis about African wild dogs.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The african wild dog:Behavior, Ecology and conservation 12 Oct 2009
By N. kuhary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this book for my husband as a gift, because we plan to go to Africa and he loves the wild dogs.The book is too technicle and is more appropriate for research. I would not recommended this book for pleasure reading.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category