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The hidden world of the fox

by Brand, Adele,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary

Discover the hidden world of the fabled yet enigmatic fox

"A lovely little book. Quietly lyrical, often funny. Shatters vulpine myths." --The Sunday Times (UK)

The fox. For thousands of years myth and folklore have celebrated its cunning intelligence. Today the red fox is the nature's most populous carnivore, its dancing orange tail a common sight in backyards. Yet who is this wild neighbor, truly? How do we negotiate this uneasy new chapter of an ancient relationship? Join British ecologist Adele Brand on a journey to discover the surprising secrets of the fabled fox, the familiar yet enigmatic creature that has adapted to the human world with astonishing--some say, unsettling--success.

Brand has studied foxes for twenty years across four continents--from the Yucat√°n rainforest to India's remote Thar Desert, from subarctic Canada to metropolitan London. Her observations have convinced her that the fox is arguably the most modern of all wildlife, uniquely suited to survival in the rapidly expanding urban/wild interface. Blending cutting-edge science, cultural anthropology, and intimate personal storytelling drawn from her own remarkable fieldwork, The Hidden World of the Fox is Brand's rich and revelatory portrait of the extraordinary animal she has devoted her life to understanding.The fox. For thousands of years myth and folklore have celebrated its cunning intelligence. Today the red fox is the nature's most populous carnivore, its dancing orange tail a common sight in backyards. Yet who is this wild neighbor, truly? How do we negotiate this uneasy new chapter of an ancient relationship? Join British ecologist Adele Brand on a journey to discover the surprising secrets of the fabled fox, the familiar yet enigmatic creature that has adapted to the human world with astonishing--some say, unsettling--success.

Contents
Prologue: Who is the fox?
A brief history of the fox
Where do foxes live?
What does the fox look like?
Fox family matters
The fox and its neighbours
What does the fox say?
Counting foxes
In sickness and in health
Predators among us
When the fur flies
Tornado in a cage
Epilogue: Fame and foxes
The fox watcher's toolkit.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This charming book leads us into the lives of urban and suburban red foxes. Thousands of foxes inhabit cities and towns in Britain and the U.S., and mammal ecologist Brand explores how the red fox has adapted with such success to the modern, human-made world. Beginning with a look at the evolution and general biology of the fox, the author then considers what it is about the red fox that makes the species so ubiquitous, namely its adaptability. Foxes, though carnivores like the rest of their canine kin, are very catholic in their food preferences, eating just about anything they can find and/or catch. Their social structure is equally fluid, with observations of up to six helpers assisting a fox pair with their kits. The ""sit and watch"" curiosity that all foxes display leads to the ability to live among humans, as curiosity and intelligence have served this small predator for millennia. Mixing research with her own observations of garden foxes, Brand paints a wonderful picture of a wild neighbor that almost anyone in the countries in question can get to know.--Nancy Bent Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mammal ecologist Brand offers a spirited look at the red fox in this smart and accessible volume. In the introduction, Brand traces a lifelong pursuit which has included writing about foxes in childhood diaries, studying them in college, and, more recently, fostering orphaned cubs and injured adults for the Fox Project charity. Early chapters focus on their distinctive appearance and hugely varied habitats. Noting that foxes can survive across the "full measure of the world's diverse environments," Brand recalls seeing them both in India's Thar Desert, among "a scrubby thicket of what the local people call toothbrush bushes," and in London, "on a patch of grass under one of Brixton's tower blocks, half illuminated by streetlight." Subsequent sections deal with foxes' "paradoxical" interactions with each other--which reveal them as simultaneously "independent and interdependent"--and with other animals, including rabbits, rodents, and deer. Even a digression on 2014's viral music video "What Does the Fox Say?" proves fruitful, with Brand discussing the full range of things which foxes do "say." Thanks to this mix of biology, personal history, and pop culture, Brand's readers will be left both entertained and better informed about "this small, curious member of the dog family." (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Foxes.
Foxes -- History.
Foxes -- Folklore.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 213 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-213).
ISBN 9780062966100
0062966103
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