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Exotic Animal Field Guide

Nonnative Hoofed Mammals in the United States

By Elizabeth Cary Mungall; Foreword by Ike C. Sugg

Publication Year: 2007

Exotic animals range in appearance from truly striking to seemingly ordinary, and they live in wildlife preserves, on farms, in parks, and even in the wilderness across the United States. In this book, Elizabeth Cary Mungall provides ample information for anyone, from park visitor and zoo goer to rancher and wildlife biologist, who wants to identify and learn more about exotic wildlife in the United States. Richard D. Estes, author of The Safari Companion, says that "for everyone interested in exotic hoofed stock, Exotic Animal Field Guide is a well-written and beautifully illustrated book that fills a vacant niche." Indeed, the main portion of the book contains fully illustrated species accounts of eighty different kinds of hoofed animals, with native range maps and information about food habits, habitat, temperament, breeding and birth seasons, and fencing needs. A list of exotics-related organizations and a reference section round out the text. Photographs of each species make the book both attractive and useful as a field tool. In a chapter on photographing exotics, Christian Mungall shows readers how to take their own great pictures of these animals. Clearly, as James G. Teer, of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University states, this is "much more than a field guide. Elizabeth Cary Mungall's book is a long awaited repository and data source on the ecology, technology, and management of more than 80 species of non-native hoofed animals. . . . Anyone with exotics on his or her property will require Exotic Animal Field Guide."      

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

TOC [Includes Other Front Matter]

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pp. i-xxvi

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Exotics in the United States

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pp. 1-8

What animal looks like the combination of a horse and a cow with the beard of a turkey and short devil’s horns? Literally thousands of them live in South Texas alone, but you will not find these nilgai antelope in any field guide to native wildlife in the United States. From axis to zebra, an estimated 223,000 to 250,000 hoofed “exotics”—animals native to other places—live in the United ...

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Where to See Exotics

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pp. 9-36

Not surprisingly for such a large and varied country as the United States, exotics activity varies by region. Chiefly, this is because of climate. Climate affects which species are likely to thrive under natural conditions and which would need special help like sheds for shelter or ponds for cooling (aspects covered for particular species in the animal profiles chapter). ...

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Photography Basics for Exotics

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pp. 37-57

Getting good exotics pictures means getting good with photographing large, shy animals from vehicles—all kinds of vehicles. This chapter suggests ways to improve shots taken by recreational photographers visiting wildlife parks or ranches. Some of these places cater specifically to photographers. ...

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Owning Exotics

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pp. 58-83

Many people who start looking at exotics begin to wonder about owning exotics. Getting started can be as easy as driving home from an event and opening your trailer door. However, responsible ownership takes more—much more. Responsible sellers have been known to refuse to open that trailer door if they arrive at a new location and find insufficient preparation. And even after appropriate animals ...

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Animal Profiles: Deer

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pp. 85-115

Nearly one hundred species or varieties of foreign wildlife and less familiar kinds of domesticated animals have been tried as exotics on U.S. ranches and farms. This is not counting species of native wildlife (such as American elk and American bison) occasionally kept like exotics as part of the same operations. ...

Animal Profiles: Antelopes

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pp. 116-185

Animal Profiles: Sheep and Goats

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pp. 187-219

Animal Profiles: Cattle

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pp. 221-231

Animal Profiles: Other Animals

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pp. 232-255

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Exotics-Related Organizations

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pp. 257-260

The Exotic Wildlife Association (EWA) is the main organization dealing with exotic hoofed stock in the United States. Numerous other groups have information relevant to exotics, although not always covering as broad a range of species or concerns. Whether for viewing pleasure or for use in a work environment, the list below gives some of the organizations likely to be most helpful plus a few of the related periodicals. Some ...

References

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pp. 261-265

Glossary

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pp. 267-274

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Further Reading

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pp. 275-276

To read more about exotics or the animal groups in this field guide, the list below gives a sample of places to start. Shops, your local librarian, or Internet sites that specialize in natural history information can help keep you up to date on the latest books and other publications dealing with particular topics, regions, or animals. Used book stores can fill you in on popular titles still in circulation. Whatever your preferences, there is a wealth ...

Index

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pp. 277-286


E-ISBN-13: 9781603444934
E-ISBN-10: 1603444939
Print-ISBN-13: 9781585445554
Print-ISBN-10: 158544555X

Page Count: 312
Illustrations: 234 color photos. 2 b&w illus. 82 maps. 4 tables.
Publication Year: 2007

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  • Ungulates -- United States.
  • Wildlife watching -- United States.
  • Exotic animals -- United States.
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