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Swimming With Piranhas at Feeding Time My Life Doing Dumb Stuff With Animals (Hardcover)

Author:  Richard Conniff
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0393068935
ISBN-13: 9780393068931
Sku: 210187622
Publish Date: 5/1/2009
Pages:  299
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Award-winning nature writer Richard Conniff takes the reader on a thrilling journey deep in to the domains of strange--and often dangerous--animals. His many ill-advised forays include: pulling a huge snapping turtle out of a Louisiana bayou, tracking leopards with iKung San hunters in the Namibian desert, and flinging chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to check how quickly they disappear before diving in himself. *Author: Conniff, Richard *Subtitle: My Life Doing Dumb Stuff With Animals *Publication Date: 2009/05/04 *Number of Pages: 299 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25
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The award-winning author of A Natural History of the Rich examines the lives of multi-legged creatures from around the world as observed during his adventures in the animal kingdom, which included a wrestling match with a ninety-pound snapping turtle in the Louisiana bayou, a leopard hunt with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, and a search for the mythical migur in the Himalayas.Examines the lives of creatures from around the world as observed during the author's adventures, which included a leopard hunt with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert and a search for the mythical migur in the Himalayas.
Nature writer Richard Conniff packs these pages with amazing anecdotes of his adventures with the animal kingdom. Conniff carries a particular fondness for insects, as he generously allows a pair of mites to mate on his forehead, gushes about the intricacies of termite societies, and professes satisfaction at "providing sustenance" to mosquitoes. He also documents the dedicated work of some of his colleagues, including Patricia Wright, whose work with lemurs has led to their popularity and protection, and Justin Schmidt, an entomologist who travels the globe to get stung by various insects, so that he can add to his "pain-index," charting the discomfort of various stings. Conniff's love for animals is infectious throughout, and his insights into their habits and habitats will fill readers with fascination.


"Conniff offers a delightful collection of pieces about his encounters with spiders, crabs, leopards, and other fauna....Bright entertainment from a great explainer of the lives of animals." 03/15/2009

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Product attributePublisher:   W. W. Norton & Company
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