Spirit of the Wild Dog

The world of wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals and dingoes

Lesley J. Rogers and Gisela Kaplan
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Covers all aspects of wild dogs: their variety of species, and where and how they live in the wild.

From the grey wolf to the dingo, the South American bush dog to the whistling hunter, wild dogs have been free spirits on every continent except Antarctica and have thrived in all environments-the hottest and driest parts of Africa and Australia, the wettest forests of New Guinea and South America and the coldest parts of the Arctic Circle.

Spirit of the Wild Dog is an up-to-date and highly readable account of the skills, personalities and lifestyles of these dogs. Lesley Rogers and Gisela Kaplan, both highly acclaimed authors and researchers in animal behaviour, trace the ancestry and habitats of a vast range of canine species, and discuss how much of their spirit lives on in our pet dogs.

The book takes us on a fascinating exploration of how wild dogs behave, communicate, socialise, mate and hunt. It also provides insights into the extraordinary group coherence of wild dogs, their faithfulness and intelligence, their ability to learn, remember and solve problems.

While humans have long lived with, worked with, loved and nurtured pet dogs, we have a love/hate relationship with their relatives in the wild. The book discusses this and brings into question the future of the wild dog. Their numbers have been declining rapidly and many relatives of our best friend face extinction unless action is taken.

Including spectacular photographs of dogs in their natural habitats, Spirit of the Wild Dog is an intriguing and much needed account of the world of these admirable animals.

Author bio:

Gisela Kaplan and Lesley Rogers are both professors at the University of New England, They have conducted joint research in the field of animal behaviour for many years and have published both scientific papers and books together, including the highly acclaimed book The Orang Utans and the equally popular Songs, Roars and Rituals. Both have been influenced profoundly by their field research, observing birds, apes and dogs in their natural habitats.

Category: Natural history
ISBN: 9781865086736
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgements


Chapter 1 The wild dog family

Chapter 2 Habitats of the wild dog

Chapter 3 Sensory abilities

Chapter 4 Communication

Chapter 5 Social life

Chapter 6 Sex and reproduction

Chapter 7 Hunting

Chapter 8 Intelligent behaviour

Chapter 9 Domestic and feral dogs

Chapter 10 Future of wild dogs


Selected reading

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2003
Page Extent: 248
Format: Paperback - B format
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Subject: Natural history