Animals, Pets & Wildlife

  • Cockatiel Handbook
    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.

  • Cockatoo

    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.

  • Dog Book

    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.

  • Dog Lover's Miscellany

    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.

  • Dog Training 101

    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.

  • Dogs in the Louvre
    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
  • Every Man and His Dog

    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.

  • Flydogs

    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.

  • Get Fit with Your Dog

    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.

  • Green Dog Good Dog

    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

  • Homegrown Honey Bees

    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.

  • How the Zebra Got Its Stripes

    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.

  • Koala

    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.

  • Meaning of Birds

    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.

  • Nature's Babies
    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.
  • Purr

    Let the four-legged masters of Zen – cats – help you cultivate happiness in this meditative guide that uses feline behavior as a model for inner peace and includes an interactive cover which produces the sound of five different soothing purrs.

    Purrhaps the most comforting book you’ll ever need, Gilles Dierderichs’ unique guide brings together the twelve teachings of the Master Cat, cat-therapy workshops, concentration, observation and relaxation exercises – daily meditations, a quiz to discover the cat inside of youand the fifteen purrs of happiness and success.

    Filled with inspiring advice that can teach you how to slow down and focus, Purr is a joyful companion for every cat lover and anyone who wants to learn how to cultivate inner peace.

  • Rescue Dogs

    This feel-good book will tug on the heartstrings of dog-lovers everywhere, with 150 photos of joyous rescue dogs and tales of their happy-ever-afters, from Australian Working Dog Rescue.

    Featured in these pages are Australia's classic working breeds – kelpies, cattle dogs, border collies, koolies – that have been simply thrown on the scrapheap; dumped or surrendered to pounds across Australia. The lucky ones end up in the care of Australian Working Dog Rescue and their Australia-wide team of volunteers and carers.

    Some have found new careers as blissful family pets and canine companions, while others have fulfilled their working-dog destinies on rural properties. In these pages you'll also see wine dogs, army recruits, therapy dogs ... and dogs just hanging out, enjoying their new lives.

    This book celebrates fresh starts, and the proceeds will help even more dogs find their 'furever' homes.

  • Secret Life of Cows

    This is a lovely, thoughtful little book about the intelligence of cows.

    Cows are as varied as people. They can be highly intelligent or slow to understand, vain, considerate, proud, shy or inventive. Although much of a cow's day is spent eating, they always find time for extra-curricular activities such as babysitting, playing hide and seek, blackberry-picking or fighting a tree.

    This is an affectionate record of a hitherto secret world.

  • Secret Life of Kittens
    What is my kitten thinking ? What are whiskers are for? Why do kittens need so much sleep? How does a kitten learns to hunt? Surprising and amusing facts from a renowned vet, an expert in kitten behaviour, are paired with adorable colour photos to create a charming book at an appealing price that is an ideal gift for self-purchase for cat-lovers.
  • Tails from the Booth

    This is what happens when you put dogs in a photobooth: they smile – they yawn – they snarl – they snog – they frown – they sneeze – they stare – they make friends – they fall out – they strike a pose – they get bored.

    Photographer Lynn Terry didn't know what to expect when she started taking snaps of dogs in a vintage photobooth to raise awareness for local animal shelters. The photos capture the canines' personalities, their sense of humour, their innate need to socialise and their willingness to improvise. Behind that curtain these posing pups and mischievous mutts become superstars in their own right.

    Tails from the Booth is a wondrous collection of dogs enjoying the spotlight.