What are the best non-fiction books about animals?

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    #1Death at SeaWorld

    Death at SeaWorld

    Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity is a non-fiction book written by the New York Times bestselling author David Kirby. This book was published in 2012, and it highlights some debates about whale captivity.

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    Anthony Ramirez
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "While it is definitely not an uplifting story, Death at SeaWorld tells the true story of the horrors that killer whales face in captivity. SeaWorld has become notorious for mistreating the animals that they keep, and Death at SeaWorld provides an inside look at all of the cruelty and mistreatment. "
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    #2All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small is a non-fiction book written by James Herriot. The author narrates true stories about animals that touch the heart of readers. This book was originally published in 1972.

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    Kathy Gomez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "All Creatures Great and Small will take you through the journey of a young doctor in past times as he grows as a physician. This is a classic that will keep you amazed at the workings of a doctor who shines in his field despite obstacles."
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    #3Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds

    Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds

    Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds is a non-fiction book written by Joy Adamson. This book narrates the story of a lion cub who was raised in captivity as she tries to get back in the wild. This book was originally published in 1960.

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    Diana Hall
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds is an amazing story about lions. It is also a look into Africa."
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    #4All Things Bright and Beautiful

    All Things Bright and Beautiful

    All Things Bright and Beautiful is the sequel to All Creatures Great and Small. This non-fiction book written by James Herriot continues to narrate animal stories.

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    Benjamin Adams
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you're looking for a non fiction animal book, look no further. This book narrates the lives of different animals brilliantly, and really highlights the love one can feel for a pet."
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    #5The Spotted Sphinx

    The Spotted Sphinx

    The Spotted Sphinx is a non-fiction book written by the famous author of Elsa the lioness, Joy Adamson. This book narrates the story of a cheetah. It was published in 1969.

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    Keith Nguyen
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book will take you the the real journey of the author, and how she had to co-operate with a cheetah, let alone nature. If you are interested in learning about the real world we live in, this is for you."
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    #6Best Friends

    Best Friends

    Best Friends: The True Story of the World's Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary is a non-fiction book about animals written by Samantha Glen. This book was originally published in 1997.

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    Joe Wheeler
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you're like me, your Facebook feed is filled with rescue stories and videos. This book gives some insight into life inside a rescue shelter. It's real strength is in the depictions of its animal cast - you won't forget them!"
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    #7All Things Wise and Wonderful

    All Things Wise and Wonderful

    All Things Wise and Wonderful is the third volume in the All Creatures Great and Small series. This non-fiction book is written by James Herriot, and it was first published in 1976.

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    Jerry Carlson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I really enjoyed All Things Wise and Wonderful. It was a pleasant mix of stories about the animal doctor's life in the War, etc., but also had a ton of amazing little animals related in the book. I loved the writing style and the wit that was portrayed and would definitely recommend it to others."
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    #8Enslaved by Ducks

    Enslaved by Ducks

    Enslaved by Ducks is a non-fiction book written by Bob Tarte. This book was originally published in 2003. In this book, the author focuses on what it is like to own an animal or a pet.

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    Dylan Price
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I LOVE this book!! It is very funny, and sweet, and extremely well-written. I've given it as a gift to several bird lovers that I know (I'm not specifically a bird lover, but I *am* an animal lover)."
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    #9That Quail, Robert

    That Quail, Robert

    That Quail, Robert is a non-fiction book written by Margaret A. Stanger which is a narrative of the birth and upbringing of a little quail in a family.

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    David Nelson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "For a totally offbeat book with enough whimsy to keep you laughing, That Quail, Robert is a great choice. It follows the birth and upbringing of Robert who happens to be a quail. This adventure is a fun departure from the usual and a great choice for book club (where I first heard about it!). It's a short read, but worth the time."
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    #10Wesley the Owl

    Wesley the Owl

    Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl is a nonfiction book about owl written by Stacey O'Brien. This was originally published in 2008.

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    Ivy Cao
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien is a beautifully written story that any animal lover will relate to. I love owls and fell completely in love with Wesley. I don't know if I could raise an orphaned Barn Owl myself, but would like to try based on Stacey O'Brien's experience. This book educates in a very entertaining way."
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    #11Never Cry Wolf

    Never Cry Wolf

    Never Cry Wolf is a nonfiction book by Farley Mowat which documents the journey of the naturalist Mowat in investigating the behavior of arctic wolves and discovering their true nature. It was published in 2001 by Back Bay Books.

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    Michael Franklin
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Never Cry Wolf : Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves is a book by Farley Mowat. It is available from Amazon for $9.98 for a paperback. It is an investigative look at the life and behavior of arctic wolves. It is a pretty good seller and the reviews have been outstanding on Amazon. It is a good fit."
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    #12Until Tuesday

    Until Tuesday

    Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter is a nonfiction dog story which was published in 2011.

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    Sarah Hayes
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A great story of learning how to open your heart and learn to love and trust."
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    #13Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World is a 2008 bestselling non-fiction book written by Vicki Myron and Brett Witter. It tells the story of a cat, Dewey, who was abandoned in the Spencer Public Library.

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    Ao Zou
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A story about Dewey the cat just might make you a little misty eyed. This is a pretty amazing and fun story about a cat in a library that comes to mean something to a small Iowa town and puts it "on the map" for the state, then the nation, and finally worldwide. That's some cool cat! "
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    #14Owen & Mzee

    Owen & Mzee
    Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship is a nonfiction picture book for children written by Isabella Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu and Craig Hatkoff with photographs by Peter Greste. This was originally published in 2006.
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    Donald Chavez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you want to find one of the best non-fiction books about animals, make sure to check out Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship. This wonderful story is about an orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle that strike up a never ending friendship filled with adventure. It's a must read for animal loving children and adults!"
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    #15Tarra & Bella

    Tarra & Bella

    Tarra and Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends is a nonfiction children's book written by Carol Buckley. This picture book about friendship was originally published in 2009.

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    Lori Burns
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "My son loves reading about animals, so I bought him Tarra and Bella last week. Now this nonfiction children's book by Carol Buckley has become his favorite bed time story book. He really enjoys looking at the pictures and has begun sounding out words as I read it to him. "
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    #16Capyboppy

    Capyboppy
    Capyboppy is a nonfiction animal book for children written by Bill Peet and was published on April 29, 1985 by HMH Books for Young Readers. It follows the story of Peet's family as they welcome a capybara into their home.
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    Patricia Barnes
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I loved the charming quality of this book and the true accounts of the author's own experiences. The author did a great job at capturing the endearing and challenging aspects of caring for a Capybara as a pet. There were different emotions I felt in reading this book and learning about the author's experiences. I recommend this book for all ages."
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    #17Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch

    Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch

    Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch is a children's picture book written by Mona Kerby and illustrated by Lynne Barasch. This nonfiction book about a stray dog was originally published in 2008.

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    Pamela Cooper
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch an excellent no fiction book about animals and is great for kids. Very easy to understand and worth the buy."
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    #18Cheetah

    Cheetah

    Cheetah is a standalone nonfiction book written by Luke Hunter wherein he talks about more detailks about the world of cheetahs which are now in extinction. 

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    Joyce Riley
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Great book and information about the Cheetah. There are so many things that I did not know about this elusive hunter and how they survived in the wild. This book expanded my knowledge incredibly and I was happy reading it."
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    #19Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild

    Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild

    Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild is a nonfiction book by Renee Askins documenting her bond with Natasha, a wolf cub that she raised as part of her undergraduate research. It was published in 2004 by Anchor Books.

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    Alexander Patel
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Renee Askins has the goal of reintroducing the wolf into Yellowstone National Park. The author has devoted herself to that endangered species and from her efforts has found ground breaking and hopefully, long lasting success. Shadow Mountain is great book with an emotional journey telling that story and goal but also how we treat our animals in general. "
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    #20The Man Who Lives with Wolves

    The Man Who Lives with Wolves

    The Man Who Lives with Wolves is a nonfiction book by Shaun Ellis in which he narrates his experience of truly living with real wolves and what he learned as part of their pack. It was published in 2009 by Harmony Books.

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    Harry Bell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Engrossing stories of his life of living with wolves, Shaun Ellis captivated me with his book. I could picture his encounters and adventures with the pack. A truly inspiring and interesting book."
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    #21The Wisdom of Wolves

    The Wisdom of Wolves

    Wisdom of Wolves is a nonfiction book by Twyman L. Towery about how the wolf pack can be used as a guide in maintaining the strength of an individual and an organization, and how they are connected. It was published in 1997 by Sourcebooks.

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    Gregory Simpson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Interesting concept to take pack mentality to a human interaction type of thing. Nice fit for the topic at hand."
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    #22The Company of Wolves

    The Company of Wolves

    The Company of Wolves is a nonfiction book by Peter Steinhart which uncovers the truth of the nature of the wolf and its true kinship with humanity in terms of social organization. It was published in 1996 by Vintage.

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    Jacob Alexander
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is okay at best but its certainly not interesting enough to keep readers engaged. Your money is better spent somewhere else. Pass on this."
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    #23Wolves at Our Door

    Wolves at Our Door

    Wolves at Our Door: The Extraordinary Story of the Couple Who Lived with Wolves is a nonfiction book by Jim Dutcher, James Manfull, and Jamie Dutcher. It documents the experience of the authors of living in close proximity to wolves.

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    Jessica Russell
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love this book! I love wolves! The adventure is awesome. These creatures are truly magestic!"
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    #24The Wolf Almanac

    The Wolf Almanac

    The Wolf Almanac is a nonfiction book by Robert Busch which contains information on the natural history, role, and status of the wolf around the world. It was published in 1998 by The Lyons Press. 

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    Jessica May
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "My son is learning about animals in school and picked out The Wolf Almanac for a project involving reading non-fiction books about animals. This book goes into so much detail and teaches about the history of wolves over time. My son loved this book. It really helped him better understand the behavior of wolves."
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    #25Secret, Go the Wolves

    Secret, Go the Wolves

    Secret Go the Wolves is a nonfiction book by R.D. Lawrence which tells the story of how Lawrence saved young wolves and how they, together with his family, had an amazing adventure. It was published in 1980 by Sound Library. 

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    Russell Garrett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I loved learning about wolves and their behavior. The family really bonded with wolves that they rescued and raised. It's a pretty amazing account of some wonderful animals and human interaction that warmed my heart."
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    #26The World's Greatest Lion

    The World's Greatest Lion

    The World's Greatest Lion is a nonfiction book written by Ralph Helfer and illustrated by Ted Lewin. This book with a lion's real-life story is a picture book for children. It was originally published in 2012.

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    Phillip Baker
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I bought this book for my son and we're both so happy. I love the pictures in it and we read this book together. Knowing it's a real story just makes it all that much better."
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    #27The Incredible Life of Balto

    The Incredible Life of Balto

    The Incredible Life of Balto is a nonfiction book about dog written by Meghan Mccarthy. This children's picture book was originally published in 2011.

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    Vibhore Khan
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you want a non-fiction book about animals, check out The Incredible Life of Balto. It is very easy to read and the story is heart warming as well."
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    #28Tears of the Cheetah

    Tears of the Cheetah

    Tears of the Cheetah: The Genetic Secrets of Our Animal Ancestors is a standalone nonfiction book written by Stephen J. O'Brien wherein he talks about the survival of the world's endangered and beloved wildlife on earth. 

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    Patrick Gray
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. But editing is not perfect. Still a good book."
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    #29Moonbird

    Moonbird

    Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 is a nonfiction science book written by Phillip M. Hoose. This nonfiction science book was published on July 17, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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    Patricia Castañeda
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "It fits the bill but not in all aspects. The topic is best non-fiction books about animals and this book is only about birds. I think a book with array of animals in it would work better as a solution."
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    #30Why Can't Elephants Jump?

    Why Can't Elephants Jump?

    Why Can't Elephants Jump?: And 101 Other Questions and 113 Other Tantalising Science Questions is a nonfiction book written by New Scientist and Mick O' Hare. This nonfiction science book was published in 2010 by Profile Books(GB).

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    Andy Yan
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I honestly regret this purchase. Book gets a little repetitive at times and I'm not sure who's answering some of the questions."
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    #31Cheetahs of the Serengeti Plains: Group Living in an Asocial Species (Wildlife Behavior and Ecology series)

    Cheetahs of the Serengeti Plains: Group Living in an Asocial Species (Wildlife Behavior and Ecology series)
    Cheetahs of the Serengeti Plains: Group Living in an Asocial Species is a nonfiction book written by T. M. Caro wherein he details the social behavior of the cheetahs based on his research. 
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    Reyna Márquez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is a must-read for any big cat enthusiast. It is an excellent book with lots of data."
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    #32H Is for Hawk

    H Is for Hawk

    H is for Hawk is a non-fiction book written by Helen Macdonald wherein she shares her account of bereavement and how she trained a gohawk following her father's death. 

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    Roy Williamson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I liked it. It was raw and powerful and really captured the realities of struggling with grief. It's emotional slog with no real break in the difficulties, so be prepared. But it's well worth it, there's a lot to take away from this book."
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    #33Chasing Cheetahs

    Chasing Cheetahs

    Chasing Cheetahs is a nonfiction book written by Sy Montgomery which talks about more details on cheetahs. This includes photographs of cheetahs from photographer Nic Bishop. 

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    Christopher Rose
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Chasing Cheetahs is a good book about cheetahs and how the Cheetah Conservation Fund has rescued hundreds of cheetahs and returned them to the wild. It studies cheetahs as well as their behavioral patterns, making it an interesting experience to read."
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    #34The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone

    The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone

    The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone is a nonfiction book by Thomas McNamee which follows the history of wolves in Yellowstone National Park and how they were returned to it in January of 1995. It was published in 1998 by Owl Books.

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    Thomas Rice
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I love books about nature and this is a great story about the loss and return of the Wolf to an area that is so beautiful and perfect for these amazing animals. This is a great read and a must read for those interested in the wolf."
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    #35The Secret World of Red Wolves

    The Secret World of Red Wolves
    The Secret World of Red Wolves: The Fight to Save North America's Other Wolf is a nonfiction book by T. DeLene Beeland which studies the red wolf, its almost extinction, as well as efforts to restore and conserve its species for the future.
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    Jose Green
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A book for the wolf lovers out there, explaining the preservation efforts of the Red Wolf, an american wolf species that's near extinct. Very informative on the subject of Red Wolves, what has happened to them and what is happening to protect them now."
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    #36The Birds of Pandemonium

    The Birds of Pandemonium

    The Birds of Pandemonium is a non-fiction book written by Michele Raffi wherein she shares her interests in birds and how she rescued some of it species.

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    Randy Wagner
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a good book, but it's too specific in its topic. Someone that loves reading about animals might want to read something besides just birds. "
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    #37The Moon by Whale Light

    The Moon by Whale Light

    The Moon by Whale Light is a collection of essays written by bestselling author by Diane Ackerman which is about wildlife such as penguins, whales, bats, and the crocodilians. 

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    Alicia Gallardo
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Moon by Whale Light is a cute book about wildlife. The details described in this book paint a beautiful picture. It's a great book of essays and it makes you appreciate nature."
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    #38Citizen Scientists

    Citizen Scientists

    Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard is a nonfiction science book written by Loree Griffin Burns and Ellen Harasimowicz. This nonfiction science book was published on February 14, 2012 by Square Fish.

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    Han Yao
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Citizen Scientists is one of the best non-fiction books about animals I've ever read. I personally prefer nonfiction as I always want to be learning...and this book does not disappoint. It's highly informative and the subject matter is fascinating. It's well written and thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    #39Wild Cats of the World

    Wild Cats of the World
    Wild Cats of the World is a standalone nonfiction book written by Mel Sunquist and Fiona Sunquist wherein they tell their experience in spending 10 years to know more details about the world of felids. 
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    Roger Pearson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Pretty comprehensive reference on wild cats. Not just a old classic picture book of cats, although there are wonderful pictures of a lot of cats. This harbors a lot of information about range, habits, foods and even more information. If you love big cats this is a must for you."
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    #40The Tribe of Tiger

    The Tribe of Tiger

    The Tribe of Tiger is a standalone nonfiction book written by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas wherein he explains more information about the world of cats detailing based on his studies abroad. 

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    Debra Curtis
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The Tribe of Tiger was a very interesting compilation of the lives and habits of cats around the world - from domestic house cats to pumas to lions and everything in between. It was interesting to read, not just how all cats share basic characteristics, but also their social lives, communication with each other and how they coexist. Such an interesting book."
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    #41The Rarest of the Rare

    The Rarest of the Rare

    The Rarest of the Rare: Vanishing Animals, Timeless Worlds is written by naturalist Diane Ackerman wherein she explains more about details about the world's rarest creatures and their vanishing habitats.

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    Alice Mendez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Oh man this is such a wonderful book. It is about threatened and endangered animals of the world, and how they and their habitats are vanishing. She is so dedicated and loves what she does but is upset at how the world is going. "

Summary

Best What are the best non-fiction books about animals
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Death at SeaWorldBooks 43 Paid
2All Creatures Great and SmallBooks 39 Paid
3Born Free: A Lioness of Two WorldsBooks 37 Paid
4All Things Bright and BeautifulBooks 35 Paid
5The Spotted SphinxBooks 31 Paid
6Best FriendsBooks 29 Paid
7All Things Wise and WonderfulBooks 27 Paid
8Enslaved by DucksBooks 24 Paid
9That Quail, RobertBooks 22 Paid
10Wesley the OwlBooks 20 Paid
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