The World’s Bestselling Animal Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded!
"Every aspect of the book seizes attention… impossible to put down. "
– Publisher's Weekly
"Unique for its comprehensiveness and its coverage of animal habitats and major evolutionary developments. Highly recommended."
– Library Journal
"… the ultimate zoological reference. . . the surprising photography on display here will keep you marveling at the breadth and bizarreness of the animal kingdom."
– Outside Magazine
Comprehensively revised and updated for this new edition, this unique guide sets out to illustrate, describe and explain the incredible range of creatures that make up the animal kingdom.
Starting with a clear introduction to the animal world, this authoritative volume examines the reasons for the apparently infinite variety of animal forms and the major evolutionary developments. Animal anatomy, life cycles and the principles of classification are also explored. This is followed by a survey of world habitats, showing how animals have adapted to each of their habitats and the various threats that face them each day.
The main part of the book, an up-to-date and comprehensive animal catalogue, looks at each major animal group and provides fascinating profiles of over 2000 individual species including more than 50 new species discovered since Animal was first published!
Unrivalled in its range, accuracy and coverage, this important reference makes use of breathtaking photography and expert information from prominent zoologists and naturalists from around the globe, this 10th anniversary edition of Animal is essential reading for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages!