Trinity University Press

Books about Animals

Aelian’s On the Nature of Animals

Claudius Aelianus (author), Gregory McNamee (editor)

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The legends and innovations of the Roman Empire have been instilled in us since childhood. We know the great stories of legal and political governance, all-knowing gods and goddesses, military power and conquest, and developments in science and engineering. But we have known little, until now, about their knowledge of the animal kingdom—which was, by far, the most advanced in world history, thanks to the encyclopedic...

A  fascinating caricature of our tendency to imbue the minds of others, be they animal or human, with the characteristics, qualities, and motives of our own.Brain Pickings

The Horse That Fell through the Stage: and Other Tales of a Texas Veterinarian

Mason L. Matthews (author)

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One evening Mason Matthews got a phone call. As a singer at San Antonio's Alameda Theater was about to mount a horse backstage and ride out in front of the audience, her horse had fallen through the floor. Would Dr. Matthews come over and figure out what to do? This was one of many dilemmas the veterinarian faced during his nearly half-century career. Texas ranchers had emergencies as they began to stock African...

The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall

Marc Bekoff (editor), Dale Peterson (editor)

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Jane Goodall, who turned eighty on April 3, 2014, is known around the world as a groundbreaking primatologist, the foremost expert on chimpanzees, and a passionate conservationist. In her nearly sixty-year career, Goodall has touched the hearts of millions of people. The Jane Effect is an anthology of testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, devoted...

Jane Goodall powerfully redefined the way we see our fellow primates.New York Times

The Monkey’s Bridge: Mysteries of Evolution in Central America

David Rains Wallace (author)

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The Monkey’s Bridge is the story of Central America’s role as an evolutionary link between continents. No place reflects the sweep of evolutionary change more than Central America, where northern and southern organisms mingle in ecosystems ranging from Guatemalan pine-oak forests to Panamanian rain forests. Award-winning writer David Rains Wallace artfully combines vivid travel writing, reflections on the...

Wallace has provided a new face to the history of the earth’s most recently created major land form, and new meaning to nations long associated with petty governments and...New York Times