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This book lavishly showcases the fact that just as human beings seek and build pleasant, comfortable, visually appealing, and protective habitats so do animals of various species in many surprising ways.
The extremely well illustrated and succinctly organized, rewardingly readable, and summarized text by renowned scientist and University of Würzburg Professor Jürgen Tautz outlines the trained engineering skills of each species' astonishing "master architects", "construction workers", camouflage "professionals", and environmentally conscious and "sustainable" animal "engineers".
Great care is taken to discuss in detail, perfected building strategies, careful generational rearing and caring for family members and the young, protection of current inhabitants and invitations for future "roommates" and "tenants", and competitive survival instincts characteristic of each classified animal group. It is noted that the "active and specific design" of such dwellings is "not a random act" (10) but rather one of "individual and coordinated interaction" (11).
To emphasize and illustrate these important points, the book specifically elaborates on the individual, social, and communal organizations of birds (like bowerbirds and weavers), insects (like ants, termites, and bee colonies), resourceful "landscape architects" and mammals (like mice and beavers), and marine "armor-builders" (like corals and snails).
Professor Tautz structures and discusses technically complex topics such as scientific definitions and species' adaptation and proliferation in each of the four chapters of this increasingly popular field of study. He does so with noticeable care, attentiveness, and explanation. His text conveys information in a straightforward manner and he shows a distinct willingness to share his immensely dedicated, revealing, and cumulative personal studies, observations, and life-long insights with readers of almost any age.
Additionally, Professor Tautz's highly informative text defines each scientific term and scientific classification with specific clarity and approachability. This manner of presentation is clearly intended to spark the reader's desire and appreciation for the value of exploring further fascinating issues of interest.
The compactness and powerful accessibility of this small-formatted book's educational text perfectly complements the extraordinarily embellished, dramatically theatrical, behind-the-scenes expert photography of the award-winning photographer, master of the camera in nature, Ingo Arndt. His goal in the book is to make the subject matter, variety, material, and skill of animal habitats, animal builders, and their inhabitants supremely appealing in function and form. This outstanding photographer elevates his expertise and creative manipulation of the camera to an art form. His superior and captivating close-ups of various almost weightless and almost sculptural species' homes are masterpieces of presentation. He captures, carefully distributes, and enhances the phenomenal structural components of these astonishing habitats. Arndt dedicates his time to capture the essence and presence of actual environments and domesticated surroundings. He braves all on-site terrain expeditions and explorations which take him all around the globe, ranging from remote to familiar locales, from northern Australia to West Papua.
Another key aspect of Arndt's aesthetic techniques is his super virtuosity in stabilizing and magnifying the image of each habitat in a few selected studio displays. The black background provides us with many gems of information interspersed throughout this amazing book. These include enhanced details, stylistic complexities, quiet intimacy, elaborate and unique design, technical prowess, individual and communal dedication and labor, and the surprising durability of these often transportable and urgently constructed dwellings. Arndt's magnificent photographs ultimately reinforce the importance of these existing and marvelously constructed fragile habitats.
The authors and collaborators of this book successfully and impressively document the constructive engineering genius, behavioral patterns, inventiveness, physical agility, intuitiveness, and adaptability of master animal architects and their inhabitants. They also understand that current and future readers will continue to be fascinated by this topic.
In the process, the authors of this wonderful book also display their own ambitions, adventuresome spirits, creative and intellectual aspirations, extraordinary patience, enthusiasm, and endurance in completing a challenging and difficult task to perfection.