Ann Toon & Steve Toon
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By Ann & Steve Toon
Everyone knows exactly what a giraffe looks like, but how much do we really know about why and how the giraffe has evolved to be one of the most enigmatic and unique creatures on Earth? What makes the giraffe such an awe-inspiring animal, why do they have such a long neck, how do they live, eat, breed and socialise with one another and what has been our own relationship with this magical African mammal across the centuries? This timely book, packed with clearly explained scientific facts and compelling text to suit all ages, coincides with renewed conservation efforts to protect the giraffe's fast-declining population. It puts the spotlight firmly on an animal that has often been overlooked by conservationists and scientists, just as we're beginning to learn and uncover new secrets about its fascinating behaviour and genetic make-up. With beautiful photographs by the authors, award-winning photojournalists Ann & Steve Toon, and a foreword by leading giraffe scientist and conservationist Dr Julian Fennessy, co-chair of the IUCN's Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group, 'Giraffe' comprehensively traces this towering giant's intriguing natural history in a detailed, yet accessible way, celebrating these fantastic animals at a time when raising awareness of their plight is crucial.
A winning read at home or in the field
Just as the giraffe was once thought a complex mix of leopard and camel hence the Latin name Camelopardalis, so this ebook is a blend of essential biological information, informative behavioural photographs and stunning atmospheric images that would happily grace any living room wall. Great for reading before, during or after a trip to see these stunning animals. A must buy for any African wildlife fanatic or safari aficionado. Another winning book from Steve and Ann Toon.
A wonderful balance between fine prose and truly gorgeous photographs. The text is very informative and studded with nuggets of fascinating fact - the size of a giraffe's heart and the complex "pipework" needed to cope with the circulation of blood about that strange frame were both illuminating and rather startling. The relaxed but well-structured prose style was balm to my rather pernickety soul. All in all, what an iBook should be, and an interesting read for both the wildlife enthusiast and the merely curious.
great read for any animal lover, and the photos are fab. Definitely worth getting if you've ever been on safari, or want to go.