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Boss-Man (well, Bossinatrix) has me scouring the competition's catalogs for pricing information. The sad truth: NO-ONE has a book on hyenas. Wolves? Sure, packs of them. We ourselves have three different books titled "Wolves," two in the same series, and "Wonderful Wolves" and a passel others besides. Lions? The Burger-King of the Beasts, they must have a powerful propaganda lobby. It's that whole "photogenic" thing. Dogs, cats, and an entire series on primates, bats, rats, spiders, foxes by the dozen.

I'm going to fixate on some more common animal. Like a thylacine.



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May. 25th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
Blah. Sucks, don't it? And they're always portrayed as the villains in nature programs, and just about everywhere else. Would you believe that, when I was an easily influenced little kid raised on nature programs and The Lion King, I loathed hyenas?! *chuckles and whaps self* Damn media. X|

I'm not sure what kinda hyena books you're looking for exactly, but I know that Jane Goodall has written some. They're almost like mock-dramas, with the animals' behavior just a bit too anthropomorphicized for my tastes. (With cartoons, anthropomorphicizing is good. With RL animals, it's bad.) Despite that, though, it's still very cool stuff, and Goodall defends their validity as important members of the food chain, as well as being just plain interesting animals. The book I read was "Innocent Killers."

...errr, again, I don't know what kinda hyena books you're looking for, but there ARE hyena books out there. :] Oh yeah, and good luck with the thylacine stuff BTW. Keep an eye out for this one book on them with really snazzy color photographs! *nod*
May. 26th, 2004 05:25 am (UTC)
I've never heard of Goodall writing about hyenas--neat! I'll have to scan for that. I've heard of "Innocent Killers," don't have a copy of it (I've got a couple of books on generic animal behavior, but hyenacentric books are usually expensive or out of print.) There's a good one at Amazon right now that I may pick up once I'm financially balanced again.

Thylacine was sarchasm, though they're pretty interesting in and of themselves--how the heck is there a book full of color photos of them? You may be thinking of a different animal--they've been probably-extinct since 1933.

(waves) Nice to meet you!
May. 26th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
"Innocent Killers" isn't completely about hyenas, but approximately one-thirds of it is dedicated to the research of a hyena clan. It's really kinda like three small books put into one book; there's a part on wild dogs, jackals, and spotted hyenas. All three are animals that don't get all that much attention, so it's a great book IMO. Ever heard of a wild dog fur? *chuckles* I know I haven't.

I was just being vaguely sarcastic too (emphasis on vague) with the color thylacine photo bit. Because there's no such thing as a color photograph as a thylacine.. 'tis quite impossible. *giggles* Oh, and I watched a film of a thylacine on that site.. That was really damn cool. Y'know, I've read that those things hopped bipedally like kangaroos while hunting!

*pawshakes* Hey, nice to meet you too. :]
May. 26th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
Actually, Whines the Coyote baktre *used* to do the african wild dog thing, but he gave it up when nobody knew what the heck an african wild dog was.

Ah, sarchasm, such a difficult medium to translate over pure text :)

May. 25th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
The whole fun of fixating on unusual (and often neglected) animals is see what you CAN find. Like a treasure hunt.

I haven't seen too many books on Jaguarundis, myself. But I feel accomplished when I DO find something.

Have I told you that Jeff and I are leaning towards the anti-lionist side? They may be part of the cat family but they undeservedly hog the spotlight. "King of the Jungle," my ass. They live in the savannah. With all the Lionist propaganda out there, you'd think that someone would get it straight.

I also believe lions aren't all that photogenic. They appear to be the scruffiest of all the cats.
May. 26th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
The most disturbing lion artwork I've seen was a previctorian print that showed--well, besides the mad lion lovin', it depicted them as having human faces. I've heard that a few times--that part of the "king of the beasts" thing is that, certainly of the savanah, their human-like facial characteristics (? I don't make this stuff up) set them apart from the other animals, and made them even more important than simply being carnivores the size of a volkswagen bug--we identified with them, thus, "king of the beasts."

Up close, the ones I've seen in the zoos do tend to look a little ragged, but overall they're big, beautiful creatures, particularly from a fair distance--but they do get a disproportionate share, whose share I won't say, of the media. Basically, though, I like shaking my fists and complaining.
May. 26th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Thylacine? Sounds like some sort of stelazine derivative given to homosexuals with severe Napoleon complexes.
May. 26th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
Take two tasmanian marsupial wolves and call us if there's any unpleasant side-effects...
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