Animals, Pets & Wildlife

  • 50 Games to Play with Your Cat

    Cats may spend up to two-thirds of their life asleep but when they're awake, they enjoy wall-to-wall entertainment: something to stalk, to chase, to explore or to eat. Whether your cat favours energetic pouncing, sedate strolls around the garden, or a gym-style workout indoors, you'll find that your input will be much appreciated.

    Here are some great ideas for engaging your pet in healthy play, including make-your-own-props and accessories as well as creative ways to use manufactured toys that will give your cat all the exercise they need. It provides expert tips explain your cat's behaviour, show you how to coax a cautious cat into play without coercion, and reveal how to gently wind down an over-excited cat. You can read, learn and indulge your cat with a daily play session that you'll both love.

  • A Dog's World

    Beautifully photographed, and with simple step-by-step recipes, A Dog’s World brings fine dining to your best friend.

    Chock-full of 35 nutritious meals and tasty treats for your pooch, this delightful doggy cookbook has everything you need to bring a bark back to mealtimes. The homemade meals include Puppy Paella, Canine Frittata, Red Velvet Cake – but the twist is, all recipes are made with food that is healthy for your dog.

  • Australian Animal Atlas

    Come on a journey into the world of Australia's wildlife, exploring all the different habitats, from parched deserts to lush rainforests.

    • Discover the mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects that live there
    • Search for the animals hidden in each habitat scene
    • Find out about the fish that walks; the sixth sense of the platypus; the deadly venom of the desert death adder; the strange table manners of the sea star

    This environmental atlas of Australian animals by an expert team is full of fascinating facts and superb illustrations. Recommended for ages 6+.

  • Backyard Beekeeper
    An absolute beginner's guide to keeping bees in your garden, with 47 food/drink recipes, & candles, soaps & skin creams to make & uses for wax at home.

    'This is the liveliest, most entertaining, informative book about the keeping of bees I've seen in a long time.'

    Beekeeping becomes a fun hobby that fits in with planting & harvesting times, & offers gardeners better pollination, increased plant yields. . .
  • Backyard Beekeeping and Honey Production
    Bees are an essential part of our natural world and their importance in pollinating our food crops cannot be overstated. Over a third of the world's food is dependent upon pollinators, of which the honey bee Apis mellifera is possibly the most important.

    This informative book introduces newcomers to the fascinating and rewarding craft of beekeeping and honey production and sets out in simple terms the needs of this complex creature.

    Topics covered within the book include:

    • Setting up your first hive
    • How to handle bees correctly and with confidence
    • Practical advice on the honey harvest
    • Winter feeding and inspection
    • Marketing your bee products
    • Diseases: how to avoid them and how to deal with them
  • Beautiful Dogs

    Featuring 40 of the world's most loved and unique pedigrees, from the French Bulldog to the English Cocker, the German Shepherd to the Alaskan Malamute, Beautiful Dogs showcases man's best friend as you've never seen him before. Each photograph is accompanied by a description of the breed, covering such information as physical attributes, origins and uses.

    An illuminating introduction also explores the history of the dog as faithful companion, working animal and show-stopping pedigree, while delightful reportage photography offers a glimpse of the stars as they prepare for their moment in front of the photographer's lens.

    A coffee-table book that will delight and astound in equal measure, Beautiful Dogs is the perfect gift for all lovers of things canine.

  • Bee Friendly Garden

    Bees are our most important pollinators and they are in decline the world over. They love to live in urban environments, where it's a short flight path from one type of plant to the next. But conventional gardens that favour lawns and pesticides over flowers and edible plants are scaring the good bugs away...

    The Bee Friendly Garden is a guide for all gardeners great and small to encouraging bees and other good bugs to your green space. Features include:

    • How bees forage and why your garden needs them
    • A comprehensive plant guide to bee friendly plants
    • Simple changes anybody can make
    • Ideas for gardens of all sizes
    • Natural pest control and companion planting advice

    About the author: Doug Purdie is the co-founder of The Urban Beehive, which manages over 100 hives around Sydney. He teaches beginner beekeeping courses and is the author of Backyard Bees.

  • Beekeeper's Lab

    Beekeeper's Lab is filled with 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long.

    Each of the tutorials are brief, accomplishable and rewarding. Try a new technique each week with how-tos and sidebars with tips that are perfect for including the whole family.

  • Beekeeping
    Whether your a beginning beekeeper or one with a season or two of experience, the Richard Bonney tells you how to keep bees, not just have them. This new book by the acclaimed author of Hive Management offers vital, up-to-date information about how to: * Acquire bees * Install a colony * Manage a hive * Take a crop of honey * Prevent and treat Varroa and tracheal mites * Learn about Africanised bees. The book clearly set out, enjoyable to read, and packed with helpful hints and diagrams.
  • Bees, Wasps & Ants
    Bees, wasps, and ants help maintain the garden's biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It's no exaggeration to say that a garden can't be understood without an understanding of its insects. Part One includes a summary of their biology and the role they play in the garden. Part Two looks at the individual groups, including sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, parasitic wasps, predatory wasps, bees, and ants.
  • Bird Brain

    An absorbing study of how birds think, revealing how science is exploding the myth of our feathered friends being 'bird brained', and how recent discoveries may call for us to re-evaluate how we identify and classify intelligence in other animals.

    Bird Brain looks at the structures and functions of the avian brain, and moves on to examine different types of intelligence by profiling the extraordinary behaviours of a broad range of the species, studying the masterminds of the avian world, and examining what types of behaviour can be interpreted as 'intelligence' as we would recognize it.

  • Bird Brains

    In Bird Brains, learn how birds use sound, colour and dances to communicate with each other, and camouflage, dive-bombing and projectile vomiting to discourage predators. They build nests with sticks, stones, feathers, vines, mud, mucus, saliva and more. Full-colour illustrations showcase these cool behaviours.

    Did you know that:

    • Birds are smart? Crows watch traffic lights in big cities so cars can break open hard nutshells.
    • Birds are strong? Raptors can withstand G-forces of more than 27 Gs when they swoop down to capture prey. That's three times more than a fighter jet pilot can stand without passing out.
    • Birds are gross? Parent birds feed regurgitated food to hatchlings.

    A whole world of wonder awaits any inquisitive child! Recommended for ages 8+.

  • Book of Bees

    How do bees communicate? How long have they been around? What does a beekeeper actually do? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees?

    This encyclopaedic book answers all these questions and many more, imparting masses of information with a light, humorous touch, and in scores of vibrant illustrations. Piotr Socha tracks the history of bees from the age of the dinosaurs to their current plight, examining along the way the role bees have played in history and in the rest of the natural world.

  • Book of the Bird

    The Book of the Bird celebrates the bird in art with an elegant, international collection of paintings, illustrations and photographs, featuring all kinds of birds from the smallest tits and wrens to colourful exotics.

    Interspersed though the illustrations are short texts giving background to the pictures and information on bird species. This is the perfect gift for all bird lovers.

    Angus Hyland is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a partner at Pentagram Design London. Kendra Wilson is a writer and lover of the natural world, and she has written for American style blog Gardenista since its inception.

  • Book of the Dog

    Featuring all kinds of dogs – big, small, graceful, cute, funny – The Book of the Dog is a cool and quirky collection of dog art and illustration by artists around the world.

    Interspersed through the illustrations are short texts about the artists and different breeds, paying homage to man's best friend. Beautifully designed and packaged, the book will appeal to all dog lovers.

  • Caring for Cats and Kittens
    Packed with charming colour photos and illustrations, this excellent book teaches kids - in child-friendly language - how to take care of kittens and cats responsibly, and as independently as possible. They learn how to choose the right pet, train it and keep it healthy.

    Visual guides will answer all their questions and help them to understand and respect feline habits and behaviour.

  • Caring for Dogs and Puppies
    Packed with charming colour photos and illustrations, this excellent reference teaches kids – in words they can understand – how to take care of dogs and puppies responsibly, and as independently as possible.

    How to: choose the right pet, train it, and keep it healthy. Visual guides answer all the questions kids like to ask and help them to understand and respect canine behaviour.
  • Cat Bingo

    A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats – from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans – mark them off on your card and ... BINGO!

    Cat Bingo brings a fun and educational twist to the traditional game as players learn the names, colourings and characteristics of their favourite breeds.

    Contains 64 superbly illustrated cat tokens, one playing board, 12 bingo cards and brightly coloured counters for you to mark up your card. Also includes a leaflet containing information on each of the cats included.