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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; Revised edition (28 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159921069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599210698
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No other wolf resource offers this level of detail. Evolution, distribution, anatomy, physiology are illuminated." --Whole Earth Review "The Wolf Almanac is a splendid reference guide--as handy as it is scholarly and comprehensive." --Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of "The Hidden Life of Dogs"" ""This book, especially the subject of reintroduction, ought to be required reading for all those concerned with wildlife conservation." --American Zoological Association Communique

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Robert H. Busch is the author of eight books on natural history, including The Wolf Almanac, a best-selling selection of the Natural Science Book Club, and The Cougar Almanac. His writing has appeared in Nature Canada, Wildlife Conservation, Discovery, Country Journal, Grolier 1998 Anthology of Best Science Writing, and many others. He lives in British Columbia.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wolfen77 on 18 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
The subtitle is rather misleading as this is far more intelligent, indepth and intriguing than most celebratory (read obsessed with "aren't they just so cute?" pictures) animal books are. Busch has created a book for both the layman and the academic with a wide ranging look at the world of the wolf. He explains the hierarchies of wolf family life, the problems they face and the historical view of them in clear, intelligent prose. His chapter on the history of the wolf is especially enjoyable. You need no prior knowledge but if you have some, the book is indepth enough not to be dull.

It's also a brilliant book for anyone who wants to study wolves more deeply without reading through endless, highly specific academic papers. He specifies where they live, controversies over subspecies / species naming and conservation problems they face in very clear and understandable formats. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Odysseas on 31 Jan. 2010
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Several sources cite the Wolf Almanac as the best general overview of the world's wolves. I cannot challenge that statement, not having read any of its rivals, but in many ways it is quite an absorbing and interesting book.

The chapters begin with the evolution of the wolf, its distribution, its anatomy and physiology, behaviour and activities, and then move on to more human-related matters: the wolf in human culture, the wolf as predator and how humans control that predation, the wolf as a "furbearer", big-game animal and pet. The final two chapters are on conservation of the species followed by the conclusion, which provides a brief overview of the wolf's status throughout the world.

Rather than a tome of original research, for the most part the Wolf Almanac is a compendium of research, especially from the United States. As a result, I found the first part of the book in particular somewhat frustrating. The chapters on anatomy and behaviour feel like an ad-hoc list of observations made by field biologists, often amounting to just a sentence or two, sometimes with reference to a book on the subject. As a result, it felt as if I had bought a book that tells me what other books I should read if I want to learn about wolves. At times sections of the book take the form of a brief introduction to a subject followed by bullet points listing scattered observations related to the theme in question. Reading one or two other reviews of this book, such an approach could well be what many readers are looking for. For my part, I found it too lightweight, just skimming the surface, especially when dealing with behaviour and physiology, and I must point out that I am certainly not a biologist or naturalist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Roberts on 15 Nov. 2009
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Always had a fascination for wolves and their tight knit community, but have never actuallly read about them in much detail. This book is very informative, quite technical but very very interesting and my fascination is still as strong, probably moreso. The wolf is just one of many creatures mercilessly persecuted by us human beings who, incidentally, have less right to be on this planet because we abuse it and everything on it.........no other living creature does.
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