'A journey to the centre of the animal mind'
Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
'A delightful exploration of how animals think... Morell makes a fascinating, convincing case that even primitive animals give some thought to their actions.'
'Anyone who reads this book will be changed forever in their view of life on earth.'
Richard Leakey, author of The Sixth Extinction
'The scientific expertise Virginia Morell provides to this very important subject, and the way she ties this in with the researchers who know their animals -- because knowing them is their life work -- make this an important book and a great read.'
Bernd Heinrich, author of Life Everlasting
'This enthralling book might change the way we perceive other species who share the planet with us... A compelling read.'
'From ants to apes, Animal Wise covers wide-ranging scientific research on the cognitive and emotional capacities of many different nonhuman animals. Morell writes clearly and concisely, and this easy read will surely be good for animals because we must use what we know about them to make their lives better in an increasingly human dominated world.'
Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals
'Virginia Morell enters the world of animals with respect and insight and with the compelling argument that our lives differ only in degree... [A] fascinating, timely, and important book.'
George B. Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society --...
Did you know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, rats love to be tickled, and chimps mourn? That some dogs have 1000-word vocabularies and that birds practise songs in their sleep? That crows improvise tools and moths remember living as caterpillars?
Animal Wise takes the reader on an exhilarating, eye-opening journey into the hearts and minds of animals, from ants to chimpanzees, dogs to dolphins -- via archerfish, elephants and wolves. A prolific contributor to National Geographic among other publications, Morell shows that individuality, self-awareness and feeling are far more widespread in the animal kingdom -- and among the scientific community -- than many believe.
Combining scientific rigour and storytelling verve, Animal Wise brings the world of nature brilliantly to life in a nuanced, moving and original appreciation of the human-animal bond.
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