The Whistling Hunters: Field Studies of the Asiatic Wild Dog (Cuon Alpinus)

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1984 - Science - 150 pages
The whistling dog, or dhole, of India is a little-known, distant cousin of our domestic dog. Highly intelligent, wary of man, and elusive as a jungle predator, this rare and beautiful creature is one of the most difficult animals to study. Its very nature defies the patience and skill of the most dedicated naturalist. Yet knowledge about its habits and a more widespread understanding and appreciation of this species are essential for its protection and continued survival. For, like so much of the world's wildlife today, the dhole is a species threatened with extinction.

The first in-depth field study of the whistling dog, The Whistling Hunters examines the dhole in the animal's environment. The book is based on the author's field studies and the observations of other naturalists. It presents all the facts currently known about the species, as it makes a passionate plea for conservation and the reevaluation of our land-use patterns.

The book is also an attempt to understand the essence of wilderness since it, too, like the whistling dog, is an endangered species.
 

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Contents

THE FIRST DAYS
3
JUNGLE SENSES
16
THE WHISTLING DOGS WORLD
22
THE WHISTLING DOG
40
THE WHISTLING HUNTER
50
FAMILY LIFE AND COMMUNICATION
78
POLITICS PEOPLE AND THE JUNGLE
102
THE PLACE AND VALUE OF THE WHISTLING DOG
116
PARIAH DOGS OF THE CITY AND JUNGLE
122
MAN NATURE CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONSERVATION
131
REFERENCES
144
INDEX
147
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Michael W. Fox is Director of the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems, Humane Society of the United States. Formerly Professor of Psychology at Washington University, St. Louis, he holds higher degrees in veterinary medicine, psychology, and animal behavior, having earned the B.Vet. Med., Ph.D., and D.Sc. degrees from the University of London. A Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, England, Dr. Fox has published numerous technical and non-technical books on the subject of animal behavior.

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