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Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors

By Vladimir Dinets

Master zoologist Dinets takes us on an astonishing journey, as luminous images and clear prose teach us essential ecology lessons.

Dr. Cristina Eisenberg, Chief scientist of Earthwatch Institute

Equal parts nature guide, adventure story, and coffee table book!

People are captivated by wild animals—by their strength and their size and by the things they do to stay alive. In Wildlife Spectacles zoologist Vladimir Dinets dives deep into this wonder, allowing curious readers to discover just how spectacular wild animals can be. In the rich, fully illustrated pages you’ll discover the migration of gray whales along the Pacific coast, the dancing alligators of the Everglades, the synchronized blinking of fireflies near Tennessee, the swarms of feeding bats over the Mississippi River, the blue-glowing scorpions of the Southwest desert, hundreds of wintering tundra swans in New Jersey, and much more.

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"Captivating and entrancing in both its information on a multitude of species and the full-color photographs throughout. Their stunning beauty is as much a reason to read this book as the text is."

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About the author

Vladimir Dinets

Vladimir Dinets was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States as a young man. He has a PhD in zoology, with a focus on animal behavior. Vladimir has traveled and photographed extensively around the globe, becoming the first zoologist to find and photograph saola tracks in the wilds of Vietnam. He was also the first scientist to observe the bay cat in Borneo and woolly flying squirrel in the mountains of Pakistan. In North America, he was the first modern-era scientist to discover the rare nocturnal mating dances of alligators in the Everglades. Vladimir has authored several field and travel guides in Russian, and two books in English: the acclaimed Dragon Songs and Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America. He is a research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, where he studies behavioral ecology and its applications to conservation.

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