Friday, 25 April 2014

Review: 'Wolves' by Jack Ballard

Wolves by Jack Ballard, 2012, FalconGuides, $9.95, softbound, 85 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: excellent. Where we got it: bought it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

This field guide is designed to help the reader better understand the wolf. It begins with the names and descriptions of wolves, and how to tell them apart from their relations. For example, when viewed head-on, a wolf's face may be described as rather blocky and square compared to the more narrow, triangular shape of a coyote's face. 

The author goes over range and habitat, as well as the abilities and behaviour of wolves. There's a section on the vocal and visual communication of wolves, including the well-known howl. 

Another chapter deals with the relationship between wolves and their prey, and wolves and other predators. Mating, pregnancy, birth, and the nurturing of pups is discussed, as well as the relationship between wolves and humans. 

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