Otters: ecology, behaviour and conservation

Paperback | September 17, 2006

byHans Kruuk

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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 molecularresearch 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 providesan engaging approach to their fascinating existence, to the science needed to understand it, and to the very real threats to their survival.

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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 o...

Studied animal behaviour under Prof. Niko Tinbergen (FRS, Nobel Laureate) at Oxford. Co-founder of the Serengeti Research Institute, Tanzania, where he carried out research over seven years, before returning to Oxford, and later to the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology in Banchory, Scotland. After becoming Senior Principal Research Off...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.65 inPublished:September 17, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198565879

ISBN - 13:9780198565871

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Table of Contents

1. Otter ecology and its background2. Pen-pictures. Thirteen otters of the world: some natural history3. Evolutionary relationships, questions and methods of otter ecology4. Habitats5. Groups and loners: social organization6. Scent-marking and interactions: social behaviour7. Diets8. Resources: about fish and other prey9. Otters fishing: hunting behaviour and strategies10. Thermo- insulation: a limiting factor11. Populations, recruitment and competition12. Survival and mortality13. Syntheses: challenges to otter survival14. Otters, people and conservation

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"Each chapter is comprehensive and is an excellent source of information... Serves as a one-stop shop for information on otters."--CHOICE