Becoming Wild: How Animals Learn to be Animals (Hardback)
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Becoming Wild: How Animals Learn to be Animals (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 09/04/2020
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2020

Deep reporting from nature

A bestselling author brings readers close to three non-human cultures: what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them.

How do animals raise families, communicate and solve conflicts?

It's easy to think culture is strictly a human phenomenon. But not so. This beautifully written book reveals cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth's remaining wild places. It shows how if you're a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you have traditions. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what is constantly going on beyond humanity, and how we're all connected.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786077240
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'[A] bracing and enlightening book... Safina's writing on the watery depths and its denizens is sublime... [challenging] us to be more acutely aware of species whose social lives have much to teach us.'

-- SCIENCE

'In this superbly articulate cri de coeur, Safina gives us a new way of looking at the natural world that is radically different.'

-- Washington Post

'Safina, the ecologist and author of many books about animal behavior, here delves into the world of chimpanzees, sperm whales and macaws to make a convincing argument that animals learn from one another and pass down culture in a way that will feel very familiar to us.'

* New York Times, 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2020 *

'A smorgasbord of compelling details . . . Becoming Wild could easily become a television series.'

* Fortean Times *

'Fascinating... [Becoming Wild] gives the reader a sense of being near these creatures and experiencing some of the most seductive environments on Earth... Safina's prose achieves the elusive goal of being both informative and luminously evocative.'

* Wall Street Journal *

'Carl Safina combines his passion for the natural world with absorbing, sometimes breathtaking prose, transporting us into the intimate, nuanced worlds of some of the planet's most charismatic beings.'

-- Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

'Eloquent... This revelatory work sheds as much light on what it means to be human as it does on the nature of other species.'

-- Publishers Weekly

'Dr. Safina is a terrific writer, majestic and puckish in equal measure.'

* New York Times *

'[Safina] is a font of research, his wonder contagious.'

* Elle *

'Safina puts forward several eye-opening and previously-overlooked implications of animal culture... a pleasure to read... another jewel in the crown of Safina's work that packs fascinating field studies, interesting theoretical ideas, soul-searching questions, and probing reflections on human and animal nature into a book that is as profound as it is moving.'

* Inquisitive Biologist *

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