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Otters

Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation

Otters
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Otters are highly charismatic and popular animals of very considerable concern to conservationists worldwide. There is a real need for an affordable, well illustrated and appealing text that also contains substantial factual information. This book will build on the reputation of Kruuk's landmark monograph of the European Otter (Wild Otters) published by OUP in 1995. Furthermore, its broader scope to include all otter species should lead to a deeper synthesis that will greatly

expand the book's overall relevance and potential readership. - ;Otters are highly charismatic and popular animals of very considerable concern to conservationists worldwide. Written by the pre-eminent authority in the field, this book builds on the reputation of the author's landmark monograph of the European otter, Wild Otters (OUP, 1995). Furthermore, its broader scope to include all species of otter in North America as well as Europe and elsewhere leads to a deeper synthesis that greatly expands the book's overall relevance and potential

readership.

Aimed at naturalists, scientists and conservationists, its personal style and generously illustrated text will appeal to amateurs and professionals alike. It emphasises recent research and conservation management initiatives for all 13 species of otter worldwide, incorporates recent molecular research on taxonomy and population genetics, and discusses the wider implications of otter studies for ecology and conservation biology.

As well as enchanting direct observations of the animals, there is guidance about how and where to watch and study them. From otters in the British and American lakes and rivers, to sea otters in the Pacific Ocean, giant otters in the Amazon and other species in Africa and Asia, this book provides an engaging approach to their fascinating existence, to the science needed to understand it, and to the very real threats to their survival. - ;For a more in-depth look at one of our favourite mammals, Otters, Behaviour and Conservation, by Hans Kruuk is an excellent choice. Kruuk is one of our leading behavioural scientists, and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject shine through. - Stephen Moss, The Guardian, Saturday November 25, 2006

Oxford University Press, UK; August 2006
278 pages; ISBN 9780191513725
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