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Wild Fathers

What wild animal dads teach us about fatherhood

$34.99
ISBN
9781925546729
More Information
By Erna Walraven
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 320
Book Size 350 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 1/06/2021
Subject Classification Society & culture: general / Social issues & processes / Animals & society

This fascinating book takes a close look at the role of animal dads in the natural world and what that may say about fatherhood in humans, giving insights into truly fascinating paternal behaviour in wild creatures ranging from seahorses and monkeys to lions and penguins.

We humans have a great capacity to learn from other species, so it’s only right that we compare ourselves with them every once in a while. Looking at how ‘they’ do the stuff we do is always interesting and can perhaps help us gain a greater understanding of the role of fatherhood. Starting with the myriad ways of becoming a father, including different courtship patterns and mating systems, the book explores both the familiar and the bizarre.

Once fatherhood is achieved many animal societies have evolved a major role for dads. The importance of pair bonding, fidelity and male role models are examined with a wink to our own rituals and societal norms. The planet is full of magnificent animals, some of which make good fathers who are remarkably committed, dedicating a huge part of their lives to raising their progeny. These fathers show ways of parenting that speak to us humans, so make sure you read this book if an you incorporate wild tips from the teacher dad, the protector dad, the practical dad or even the coolest dad into your parenting style!

Erna Walraven was born in the Netherlands and moved to Australia via Spain in the 1980s. She has worked in zoos for more than three decades, including as Senior Curator at Taronga Zoo in Sydney for 20 years, where she was responsible for the scientific management of 400 species, including genetics, taxonomy, behaviour, welfare, interpretation and research. She was also a consultant to other zoos on animal husbandry, welfare and other matters. Her previous book was Wild Leadership.

Erna Walraven

Erna Walraven was born in the Netherlands and moved to Australia via Spain in the 1980s. She has worked in zoos for more than three decades, including as Senior Curator at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, for 20 years, where she is responsible for the scientific management of 400 species, including genetics, taxonomy, behaviour, welfare, interpretation and research. She was also a consultant to other zoos on animal husbandry, welfare and other matters.