Animals, Pets & Wildlife
Beekeeper, herbalist and artist Stephanie Bruneau explores six amazing products of the honeybee hive – honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax and bee venom. She describes how and why the bees make these products, how they've been used by humans throughout the ages, and how beekeepers harvest the products.
The book presents simple do-it yourself recipes for using the products in health and wellness, body care, nutrition and craft. Learn how to make a salve for burns and a cough syrup from raw honey; how to make a tincture, an infused oil, and a mouthwash from propolis, the anti-bacterial bee glue that lines the inside of the hive; and much more.$29.99
Is your dog king-of-the-hill...or run of the mill! Does your dog respond to hand gestures? How about facial signals? Can your dog perform tricks both inside and outside? Now you can find out just how smart your dog really is by giving him or her the Dog IQ Test.
With three fun quizzes designed to measure your dog's communication skills, social behaviour, motor skills and memory, you'll finally discover if your dog is really a canine Einstein. Test Your Dog also comes complete with guidelines on analyzing your dog's score, tips for improving your dog's IQ and amusing illustrations throughout.$12.99
How clever is your cat? Can your cat:
- Make sounds upon request?
- Predict a change in the weather
Or is your cat the type who:
- Falls of ledges while sleeping?
- Continually runs into walls or doors?
You can find out how smart your cat really is by giving him or her the Cat IQ Test – a simple, four-part intelligence test. By observation and by using everyday household items, you will be able to measure your cat's co-ordination, communication, social and reasoning powers. Also includes:
- Suggestions on how to improve your cat's IQ
- Comparative scores of other cats by age, sex and type
- A Certificate of Merit to be filled in and proudly displayed on completion of the Cat IQ Test
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.$29.99$17.99
Australia’s avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent’s impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen.
The guide features colour illustrations with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.
The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife. Features include:
- 249 colour plates containing 4000 superb images by some of the most talented illustrators working in Australia today
- Every bird species in Australia is covered (more than 900), including subspecies and rarities
- Up-to-date maps reflect the latest information on distribution
- Accurate and detailed text
About the Authors Peter Menkhorst is a principal scientist with the Victorian government and has forty years' experience in ecological research and the survey and management of Australian mammals and birds. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Danny Rogers is an ornithologist specializing in shorebird ecology and patterns of feather molt in birds, and works for the Victorian government environment department. Rohan Clarke is a lecturer in vertebrate ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Jeff Davies is a Melbourne-based artist who specializes in portraits of Australian birds and their environments. Peter Marsack is an award-winning wildlife artist based in Canberra. Kim Franklin is a freelance artist and illustrator who has exhibited worldwide and is based in Adelaide.$49.99
This book is the perfect reference, whether you're already keeping chickens or an absolute beginner thinking about getting a couple of chooks.
Dave Ingham offers compulsively readable advice on how to start, housing and feeding, settling chickens in with other pets, troubleshooting, and the (minimal) commitment required to keep your backyard hens healthy and happy...
This book is the what for, how to, where and why of chickens for novices and wranglers alike. Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia.$34.99
Andy Schneider tells you everything you need to know about keeping chickens!
Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer teach you everything he knows and everything you need to know about raising a backyard flock. Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective.$24.99
Discover which breeds are best suited to you and your lifestyle, and find the perfect match with this practical and comprehensive guide to choosing and raising chickens. An 'everything-you-need-to-know guide' to chicken breeds for anyone who keeps or is aspiring to keep chickens. Includes essential practical information on feeding, housing and welfare as well as easy-to-use keys to selecting the most suitable breeds.$29.99$26.95
This handbook offers detailed information on these attractive members of the parrot family including purchasing the right bird, building a bond, caging, nutrition, health care and much more.
Written for dedicated pet owners seeking comprehensive information the book presents advice on finding a reliable breeder or seller, information on the animal's origins and traits, and detailed recommendations regarding dietary needs, housing, and health care, as well as all other major aspects related to keeping a healthy and thriving pet. Illustrated with colour photos throughout.
Did you know that the word cockatoo comes from the Malay word kakatua? Or that most cockatoos are left-footed? Did you know their closest relatives are parrots; and that they're amongst the world's longest-living birds?
Richly illustrated with over 80 interpretations of the species, Cockatoo is the perfect gift for animal lovers, illustration buffs and tourists alike.$19.99
A Dog A Day is a lovingly curated collection and celebration of dogs.
Containing 365 beautiful artworks of dogs of all shapes and sizes (big, small, pedigree, cross breed), the book includes a range of exciting mediums from loosely worked sketches, lithographs and potato prints to finished oil paintings. Delightfully packaged, this is the perfect gift for all dog lovers.$24.99
Dog Body Language looks at the most common canine behaviours in and around the home, both with other dogs and with their owners. Using the psychology of dog behaviour, it explains how a dog is likely to react in a variety of situations, such as while on a walk, when greeting a stranger and before or after a fight.
All of the most common behavioural traits of dogs are examined in detail, from rolling over onto their backs and wagging their tails to playing with toys and burying bones in the backyard. A whole section devoted to puppyhood is also included, providing insight into the early phases of a dog's life and its social upbringing.$14.99
This is the story of man's best friend from the canine gods of Ancient Egypt to the heroic mascots of the Second World War.
Over the millennia dogs have been hailed as gods, demons, saints, military heroes, even reigning kings – and all the while have been the keen hunters, loyal guards and beloved pets we know today.
They feature in Egyptian myth, classical astronomy, medieval romances and early modern portraiture; they took part in the court-life of Imperial China, in early Hollywood film studios and in intrepid expeditions to the North Pole. Featuring the pampered pets of Queen Victoria and Pablo Picasso, popular medieval dog names, regimental mascots of the Napoleonic Wars and tales of canine loyalty through the ages, this beautifully illustrated volume shows how dogs have for millennia been the beloved companions of peasants and princes alike.$16.99
From dealing with the practicalities of escape-proof fencing, to discouraging unwanted toilet activities in the rockery, this book will help you solve the problems that other gardening and dog-care books don't touch on.
Whatever your budget or plot size, with a little effort and imagination you can create an attractive outdoor environment that will actively enhance your relationship with your dog.
This is an irresistible pot-pourri of canine facts, embracing the essential, the trivial, the intriguing and the extraordinary.
You will discover such treats as dog epigraphs; the origins of dog names; an international guide to the word dog; the oldest dog; weights and breeds; Aesop's fabled dogs; and the story of the dogs on the Titanic.
It is the perfect companion for your perfect companion.$15.99
Using a visually driven, playful presentation as style, Dog Training 101 offers step-by-step instructions every dog owner needs and wants to know as they care for and raise their dogs.
Author and veteran dog trainer Kyra Sundance helps you learn about choosing the right dog, proper feeding, potty training, leash training, behaviour problems (jumping, barking, etc.) and more.$24.99
Every Man and His Dog is a glorious documentation of the relationship between Aussie blokes and their canine besties.
David Darcy's brilliant photos are accompanied by the men's heartfelt, often hilarious and invariably moving anecdotes about them and their dog.$29.99
Flydogs is a collection of euphoric canines sailing through the air, ears flapping in the wind. These are dogs at their happiest, and the creative photographs delight dog lovers from kindergarteners to grandparents.
Whether jumping for joy, running as fast as possible, leaping off diving boards or piers, bounding over fences, or soaring for a Frisbee, life is good when you're a flying dog. More than 100 dogs leap off the pages of Flydogs, creating a delightful photographic collection of happy hounds. You can't help but feel your spirit soar too, as you pore over these pictures.$24.99
This book tells you all you need to know about:
- The dangers of being overweight
- The physical and psychological benefits of exercise
- The healthiest nutrition and fitness plans for your both
- How to exercise safely and enjoyably together
From walking and jogging, to ball games and agility workouts, learn how to get fit, shed kilograms, be happier and have fun-together. This will help you both get into shape and thoroughly enjoy doing it.$12.99$4.99
This fun, informative guide is filled with hilariously-illustrated ideas for taking action so that you can have a positive impact on the world and your best friend's life:
- How to make sense of commercial pet food
- How to find & work with a green veterinarian
- Why picking up after your dog is so important
- Ways to apply the reduce, re-use, recycle mantra
- Toys to Last
- Dog Travel Plan
This beginner's guide clearly explains everything you need to know to keep bees successfully, from getting your first bees to harvesting your first crop of honey. Spectacular macro photography brings the inner workings of the hive to life, while the playful text gives you the information you need to make it through your first year.
Everything is addressed here, from allergies, permits and restrictions, and how to deal with the neighbours, to hive structure, colony hierarchy and bee behaviour.$17.99
Why do giraffes have such long necks? Why are zebras striped? Why are buffalo herds broadly democratic while elephants prefer dictatorships? What explains the architectural brilliance of the termite mound or the complications of the hyena's sex life? And why have honey-badgers evolved to be one of nature's most efficient agents of mass destruction? Deploying the latest scientific research and his own extensive observations on the African savannah, Léo Grasset offers some answers to these and many other intriguing questions.
Having shown that natural phenomena are rarely simple and that often they get more complex the more you look at them, he brings to bear a mix of evolutionary biology and lateral thinking to explain the mysteries of animal behaviour in terms that are simple but never simplifying. He ends by considering how our origins in the savannah and evolution as the hybrid of several species can shapes our habits.$22.99
Koala is a contemporary celebration of the koala featuring 60 illustrated interpretations of this adored creature. The authors have searched from Brisbane to Berlin, and Lithuania to New York for the most interesting, cute and often touching, interpretations of koalas.
With the support of the Australian Koala Foundation, this book hopes to bring to light that we can all play a part in protecting the native environment of the koala and that koalas are not just cute and cuddly creatures you can see at the zoo, but important cultural icons that need our help.$19.99
One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in.
From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird – and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.
As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Meaning of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.$39.99
A dog pendant (Susa c. 3300bce) and ancient Egyptian and Greek canines show artist's have paid tribute to man's best friend from time immemorial. This critical selection of 40 works of art (mainly 1450s-1850s) in oils, pen and ink, pencil and sculpture by the world's finest artists includes both famed masterpieces and little known gems, each with nearly 300 words critical description-offers an original look at the collections of the world-s finest museum$19.99
There are few things more endearing than baby animals, but their charm belies their struggle for survival.
From frolicking foxes to boisterous bears, lounging lions to zealous zebras, Nature's Babies explores the lives of some of Nature's most engaging offspring and reveals the ingenious ways they cope with growing up.$29.99$4.99