City Critters

City Critters

Wildlife in the Urban Jungle

Book - 2012
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Discusses the lives of wild animals that live in a North American urban environment.

Orca Book Publishers
When we think of wild animals, we don't immediately associate them with the cities we live in. But a closer look soon reveals that we share our urban environment with a great many untamed creatures. Heavily illustrated with color photographs throughout and full of entertaining and informative facts, City Critters examines how and why so many wild animals choose to live in places that, on first glance at least, seem contrary to their needs.

How do those deer, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, coyotes, crows, gulls and geese—not to mention the alligators, eagles, otters and snakes—manage to survive in the big city? What special skills do city critters have that many of their wilderness cousins lack? Why have they developed these skills? And what are our responsibilities in ensuring that these animals can continue to share our city lives?
An entertaining and informative look at the many wild animals that share the North American urban environment.

Publisher: Victoria, BC ; Custer, WA : Orca Book Publishers, 2012
Description: 134 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781554693948
Branch Call Number: j591.756 Rea


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Aug 09, 2018

This books says: "Wildlife is shrinking because there are too many people on this planet." And acc. to latest news, the extermination of wild horses (mustangs) and of wild donkeys has started in the USA. Japan, Denmark and Iceland are killing off the last whales and eat them; and the Brazilian jungle is being destroyed to turn it into soy growing or cattle grazing fields - I have seen a video where a Gov. official said this is necessary, despite its disastrous effects in the longer term, they do it, because the people are demanding food "Now." How long can this go on? Looks like Nature/wildlife is becoming a refugee in its own land, because of the fast growing human crowd. And when all Nature is destroyed, then what? Turn on each other and blame each other? I have been feeding critters since 8 years, and I can tell you that the city critters, mainly the night-time ones, are becoming endangered, as lately in the "clean and green city" program back alleys are swept up, no food is there for them; rental units are all renovated (this leads to rent increases), and shrubberies removed. And the number of people quickly increases in the same areas, and the number of night-time dog walkers also increases, and more and more selfish people tell me to "go somewhere else to feed my raccoon friends and don't put down food for them, because those insects bite. "Yes, one lonely, primitive immigrant woman, the gossip center of the Mt. Pleasant area just yesterday called my raccoon friends "insects" and "coyotes," and she said she would report me to the owners for feeding them in the outer corner of the "propedy" (she reported me before for feeding pigeons that sometimes sit on the roof under her 4th story window, and with false pretexts and documents, the management forced me to leave that house. Wow, bravo, genius dummy, who calls raccoons "insects." But she wants to feel important, goes around, observes, gossips, and reports. Today they say that these animals, who owned this land before the human crowd came - so they say they are in the way, but after a while what will they say, when the housing crisis also increases? Who will be "in the way?" I love pigeons, squirrels and raccoons, who are grateful, nice friends, and I increasingly dislike people (apart from a few nice souls I know). Critters are nice reminders for us about Nature we are destroying, and when they are gone, who comes next, hey, brothers? I am sorry to say that I love animals and I increasingly dislike people. People don't like each other either, by the way, so they told me. Nice future in sight. It's a shame what they are doing to wildlife in the USA right now. Today it's the animals, and who comes next? Have a guess.

Jun 14, 2018

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Animal adaptation is the theme of this interesting and fact-filled book about the many creatures sharing our urban landscapes. Firmly establishing that the loss of rural space is the primary reason that many more wild animals are finding their way into cities, the author goes on to discuss the multiple threats facing many species. Beginning with the more familiar mammals and rodents, including skunks, raccoons, coyotes, and rats, and then introducing a variety of other types of wildlife that live in, under, and surrounding our large urban areas, Read casts a broad net to include all of North America. Marine animals, aquatic creatures, birds, reptiles, insects, and spiders are discussed. One might not think of whales and sharks as urban, but they are included since they often wander close to heavily populated shores. Numerous full-color photographs and sidebars are scattered throughout. In discussing the plight of the many animals displaced from their more natural surroundings, the author makes a plea for the considerate and concerned treatment of them as well as for a general awareness of our changing world and the threats to wildlife everywhere. Attractive enough for general reading and useful for a variety of classroom studies of ecology, the environment, and biology, this is a welcome addition to most collections.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

SPL_Childrens Nov 20, 2013

Far from the oceans’ depths, the wild animals featured in Nicholas Read’s City Critters live right in our own cities and towns, and even in our backyards.

Why do some animals choose to live in urban areas? Where exactly do they live, and how do they manage to survive?

While some creatures such as raccoons and squirrels are attracted to the abundant sources of food in cities, the sad truth is that many animals and birds don’t “choose” to live among people. They have little choice because wilderness habitats around the world are quickly disappearing with urban sprawl and deforestation.

Some animals - chipmunks, squirrels, skunks and raccoons, among others – have proven to be remarkably adaptable to urban life, living in parks, golf courses and backyards. Rivers and harbors also shelter a surprising diversity of creatures, including otters, waterfowl, fish, turtles and even large sea creatures such as seals and dolphins.

Nicholas Read’s well-researched, informative book addresses the causes of and solutions to conflicts between people and city-dwelling wildlife. Complete with interesting anecdotes of human-animal encounters and captivating photography, City Critters reminds us that we share our world with many other creatures – and that urban areas can play an important role in preserving biodiversity.

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