Cat warsCat Wars

The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time, that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Cat Wars tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world, and sheds new light on the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat populations. This compelling book traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases.

It charts the developments that have led to our present impass, from Stan Temple's breakthrough studies on cat predation in Wisconsin to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change.  Cat Wars paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem, and proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.

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FORTHCOMING - The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide (ABG).Written by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke

Illustrated by Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin

Due to be released in May following ten years of preparation, The Australian Bird Guide will be the most up-to-date and comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever produced. This guide provides detailed information on over 900 species of bird found in Australia and outstanding illustrations show male, female, juvenile and plumage states, while also highlighting key identification features.

***As an exclusive offer for Andrew Isles customers, all those who pre-order will receive a set of three specially commissioned bookmarks by the artists. To celebrate the release of this long-awaited title, each artist has produced a bookmark especially for Andrew Isles Natural History Books featuring one of their artistic specialties. 

***In addition to receiving a set of bookmarks, each customer who purchases a copy through Andrew Isles will also go into the draw to win one of the three original bookmark artworks. 

*** This is a pre-order offer only. Payment details would be appreciated; however, your credit card will not be charged until the book is in stock and invoiced.

See stock ID 39571 for Library edition signed by all six authors and artists.

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