By Jonathan Peter Balcombe
Nature documentaries frequently depict animal existence as a grim fight for survival, yet this visually lovely ebook opens our eyes to another, extra scientifically updated means of taking a look at the animal state. in additional than 130 outstanding photos, The Exultant Ark celebrates the complete diversity of animal event with dramatic pictures of animal excitement starting from the charismatic and established to the vague and weird. those photos, home windows onto the internal lives of enjoyment seekers, express polar bears engaged in a bout of wrestling, hoary marmots taking time for a pleasant chase, jap macaques having fun with a soak in a scorching spring, a tender bull elk protruding his tongue to seize snowflakes, and lots of different worthwhile moments. Biologist and best-selling writer Jonathan Balcombe is our advisor, analyzing the pictures in the clinical context of what's identified approximately animal habit. in spite of everything, previous attitudes fall away as we achieve a heightened experience of animal individuality and of the pleasures that make existence worthy residing for all sentient beings.
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It is the context and behavior—plus familiarity with the species’s behavior patterns—that provide our best clues to how an animal is feeling. For this reason, many of the captions in this book are detailed and meticulous. In 33 most cases I consulted the photographer to obtain any information about additional context and behavior that may not be provided by a still image alone. Another challenge is that a scene’s context may not be immediately apparent. When I first viewed Veronika Gaia’s photo on this page of a bull elk in the foreground looking away from the photographer toward a herd of cow elk, my impression was that the bull might be feeling sexual excitement as he weighed his prospects.
The cow would give a playful chase and then stop, waiting for the fox to initiate again. I watched for several minutes before both animals went back to “normal” behavior. Foxes also engage in solitary play. I recently watched one trotting across a field rimed with frost. She flopped onto her side and propelled herself along the slippery grass a few feet before getting up again. Not surprisingly, I’ve included an image of playing foxes (kits, in this case) in this book (see page 37). Rich Hoyle operates the Pig Preserve, a Tennessee sanctuary for pigs rescued from various abusive and neglectful situations.
49 HOARY MARMOT (Marmota caligata), Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. A family of hoary marmots takes time out for some rough-and-tumble play at Mount Rainier National Park. The photographer observed many chases during the several hours that she observed them. Periodically, one of the two adults (only one can be seen here) would climb onto a rock to scan for predators before resuming the play. Contrary to their undeserved reputation as “lower” mammals, rodents are intelligent, emotional, and perceptive.