City Critters

City Critters

Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

Book - 2012
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When we think of wild animals, we don't immediately associate them with the cities we live in. But a closer look soon reveals that we share our urban environment with a great many untamed creatures. City Critters examines how and why so many wild animals choose to live in places that, on first glance at least, seem contrary to their needs. How do those deer, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, coyotes, crows, gulls and geese—not to mention the alligators, eagles, otters and snakes—manage to survive in the big city? What special skills do city critters have that many of their wilderness cousins lack? Why have they developed these skills? And what are our responsibilities in ensuring that these animals can continue to share our city lives?
Publisher: Victoria, B.C. ; Custer, Wash. : Orca Book Publishers, 2012
ISBN: 9781554693948
Branch Call Number: j591.756 REA NVD
Characteristics: 134 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Wildlife in the urban jungle


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Sep 22, 2017

This book says: "Wildlife is shrinking because there are too many people on this planet." The book "The Great Disruption" says: "The earth is full" (with people). And I quote here a Frenchman, who told me 40 years ago on the speed train from Paris to Brive: "The more I know people the more I love animals." And I agree with this man. I started to feed pigeons 7 yrs ago and they became my most beloved friends; they come to me, sit on my shoulder and hands, and they give me much joy and energy. But some people here, who don't know them, call them "flying rats" and "vermin." In the New Testament the pigeon represents the Holy Ghost, as it settled down on Jesus' shoulder (this may be symbolic, but still, it means that the kind peacefulness of pigeons is holy). And the pigeon represents love and peace since the times of Sumer 6,000 yrs ago. And the white pigeon represents peace on a picture of Picasso. Now, what can we say about people in general, if pigeons are called "vermin?" What are people then, if they fight and kill each other and Nature since millennia? I feed squirrels, see the swollen boobs of their nursing mothers and I feed them with peanuts. And 4 yrs ago a half blind raccoon mother came up to me one night with her 2 kits and asked for food. And since then I am friends with raccoons and I feed them; they come up to me in the dark when they see and recognize me. And what do people do? They walk their dogs even at night and scare away raccoons and they curse me when they see me feeding them. I am old by now, have seen a lot and I can tell you, I love animals and mostly I dislike people. This is my long life's experience. A genetic improvement of the human race is in order, and as far as I know, there is work going on to this effect. Animals haters try to prevent me from feeding hungry critters, they say they are in the way, but this land belonged to these animals originally, and in fact, the humans are those ugly animals that are in the way to the animals, who are the original owners of this land. I have to constantly do a guerilla war with animal haters, finding new spots and ways for feeding my critter friends whom I love very much.

SPL_Childrens Nov 20, 2013

Far from the oceans’ depths, the wild animals featured in Nicholas Read’s City Critters live right in our own cities and towns, and even in our backyards.

Why do some animals choose to live in urban areas? Where exactly do they live, and how do they manage to survive?

While some creatures such as raccoons and squirrels are attracted to the abundant sources of food in cities, the sad truth is that many animals and birds don’t “choose” to live among people. They have little choice because wilderness habitats around the world are quickly disappearing with urban sprawl and deforestation.

Some animals - chipmunks, squirrels, skunks and raccoons, among others – have proven to be remarkably adaptable to urban life, living in parks, golf courses and backyards. Rivers and harbors also shelter a surprising diversity of creatures, including otters, waterfowl, fish, turtles and even large sea creatures such as seals and dolphins.

Nicholas Read’s well-researched, informative book addresses the causes of and solutions to conflicts between people and city-dwelling wildlife. Complete with interesting anecdotes of human-animal encounters and captivating photography, City Critters reminds us that we share our world with many other creatures – and that urban areas can play an important role in preserving biodiversity.

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