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The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure

The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure (Hardback)

By Balcombe, Jonathan Peter

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Nature documentaries often depict animal life as a grim struggle for survival, but this visually stunning book opens our eyes to a different, more scientifically up-to-date way of looking at the animal kingdom. In more than one hundred striking images, The Exultant Ark celebrates... the full range of animal experience with dramatic portraits of animal pleasure ranging from the charismatic and familiar to the obscure and bizarre. These photographs, windows onto the inner lives of pleasure seekers, show two polar bears engaged in a bout of wrestling, hoary marmots taking time for a game of chase, Japanese macaques enjoying a soak in a hot spring, a young bull elk sticking out his tongue to catch snowflakes, and many other amusements. Biologist and best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe is our guide through the images, interpreting them within the scientific context of what is known about animal behavior. In the end, old attitudes fall away as we gain a heightened sense of animal individuality and sentience, and of the pleasures of life on planet Earth.
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ISBN 9780520260245
Released NZ 15 May 2011
Publisher University of California Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780520260245
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher University of California Press
Imprint University of California Press
Released 15 May 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Balcombe, Jonathan Peter
Category Biology & Life Sciences
Earth Sciences
Wild Animals
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 24mm
Dewey Code 591.50222
Weight 1,225g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Animal behavior, Pleasure, Emotions in animals
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade