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The Exultant Ark: a Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure

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Nature documentaries often depict animal life as a grim struggle for survival, but this visually stunning book opens our eyes to a different, more scientifically up-to-date way of looking at the animal kingdom. In more than one hundred thirty striking images, The Exultant Ark celebrates the full range of animal experience with dramatic portraits of animal pleasure ranging ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by University of California Press (first published April 2nd 2011)
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Terri
Mar 07, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it
Loved the pictures!!! The narrative was definitely written by an animal lover...his study of 'do animals love, laugh, care, feel' made him a vegetarian,..but his stories, sometimes received from other people, do make a great argument that animals have feelings. Although there are lots and lots of pictures, this is not mainly a coffetable book...there is quite a lot of narrative that goes to make the author's point, also. But, the pictures are great.
Katrina
It was okay... would have preferred more pictures, less text
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Shelves: nonfiction, 2013
A beautiful book that makes you, at the very least, question what animals think and exactly what motiviates them to do what they do. Beautiful pictures!
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Aug 29, 2012 Storyheart rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, nature
A beautiful book about the emotional lives of animals.
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Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987. He has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 45 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection.

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