The Last Animal

Author: Abby Geni
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1619022605
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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The Last Animal by Abby Geni is that rare literary find — a remarkable series of stories unified around one theme: people who use the interface between the human and the natural world to contend with their modern challenges in love, loss, and family life. These are vibrant, weighty stories that herald the arrival of a young writer of surprising feeling and depth. “Terror Birds” tracks the dissolution of a marriage set against an ostrich farm in the sweltering Arizona desert; “Dharma at the Gate” features the tempest of young love as a teenaged girl must choose between man’s best friend, her damaged boyfriend, and a beckoning future; “Captivity” follows an octopus handler at an aquarium still haunted by the disappearance of her brother years ago; “The Girls of Apache Bryn Mawr” details a Greek chorus of Jewish girls at a summer camp whose favorite counselor goes missing under suspicious circumstances; “In the Spirit Room” centers on a scientist suffering the heartbreaking loss of a parent from Alzheimer’s while living in the natural history museum where they both worked; in “Fire Blight” a father grieving over his wife’s recent miscarriage finds an outlet for comfort in their backyard garden and makes a surprising discovery on how to cherish living things; and in the title story, a retired woman traces the steps of the husband who left her thirty years ago, burning the letters he had sent along the way, while the luminous and exotic wildlife of the Pacific Ocean opens up to receive her. Unflinching, exciting, ambitious and yet heartfelt, The Last Animal will guide readers through a menagerie of settings and landscapes as it underscores the connection among all living things.

Buffalo Jake and the Last Animal Crusade

Author: Joe Trojan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780759660175
Category: Fiction
Page: 252
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A scientist discovers a panda paw print language. He translates a story describing a species that almost drove all animals into extinction long ago. The animals lead a heroic crusade to restore the web of life before it's too late.

The Last Unicorn

Is It My Responsibility to Protect the Environment? a Story and Activity Based Approach for 8 to 12 Year Olds
Author: Fiona Angwin,Jeff Foster
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446238110
Page: 88
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This is a resource that will capture and excite the imagination of young people. A beautifully told story explores, through a mythical animal, the environmental issues of endangered species. The tale includes adventure and time travel. Each of the six lessons provides teacher notes, class activities, discussion points, games and worksheets. The stories could be incorporated into: " Literacy hour " PSHCE " Citizenship " Geography " History " Environmental studies National curriculum connections are provided for Key Stage 2 and 3 including: " Living things " Chronological understanding " Ideas and evidence in science " Thinking about the lives of people in other places and times, and people with different values and customs. Another inspirational idea put into practice by the author team who were highly commended in the NASEN/TES book competition for their previous work on Anger Management.

The Last of the O-forms

Author: James Van Pelt
Publisher: Fairwood Press, Inc
ISBN: 9780974657356
Category: Fiction
Page: 216
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Presents a collection of fifteen short stories in a variety of genres, ncluding horror, science fiction, fantasy, and ghost stories.

The Way to Nirvana (Annotated Edition)

Author: Louis de la Vallée Poussin
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849621960
Page: 199
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This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids Poussin provides deep thoughts on the Indian philosophy of rebirth and the Nirvana. Contents: Chapter I - Indian Disciplines Of Salvation Chapter II - The Buddhist Soul Chapter III - Buddhist Definition Of Karman Chapter IV - The Doctrine Of Karman And Transmigration, Cosmogony, Theogony Chapter V - NirvāṆa Chapter VI - The Path To NirvāṆa

The Golden Bough

Author: James George Frazer
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486424927
Category: Social Science
Page: 756
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An expert in myth and religion, the author spent over a quarter-century assembling this study of the cults, rites, and myths of antiquity. Frazer's definitions of "magic," "religion," and "science" were useful to his successors in social anthropology, and his explications of ancient legends influenced generations of writers and poets.

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion (Complete)

A Study in Magic and Religion
Author: Sir James George Frazer
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465538461
Page: 971
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For some time I have been preparing a general work on primitive superstition and religion. Among the problems which had attracted my attention was the hitherto unexplained rule of the Arician priesthood; and last spring it happened that in the course of my reading I came across some facts which, combined with others I had noted before, suggested an explanation of the rule in question. As the explanation, if correct, promised to throw light on some obscure features of primitive religion, I resolved to develop it fully, and, detaching it from my general work, to issue it as a separate study. This book is the result. Now that the theory, which necessarily presented itself to me at first in outline, has been worked out in detail, I cannot but feel that in some places I may have pushed it too far. If this should prove to have been the case, I will readily acknowledge and retract my error as soon as it is brought home to me. Meantime my essay may serve its purpose as a first attempt to solve a difficult problem, and to bring a variety of scattered facts into some sort of order and system. A justification is perhaps needed of the length at which I have dwelt upon the popular festivals observed by European peasants in spring, at midsummer, and at harvest. It can hardly be too often repeated, since it is not yet generally recognised, that in spite of their fragmentary character the popular superstitions and customs of the peasantry are by far the fullest and most trustworthy evidence we possess as to the primitive religion of the Aryans. Indeed the primitive Aryan, in all that regards his mental fibre and texture, is not extinct. He is amongst us to this day. The great intellectual and moral forces which have revolutionised the educated world have scarcely affected the peasant. In his inmost beliefs he is what his forefathers were in the days when forest trees still grew and squirrels played on the ground where Rome and London now stand.

The Last Human

A Guide to Twenty-two Species of Extinct Humans
Author: Esteban E. Sarmiento,Gary J. Sawyer,Kenneth Mowbray,Richard Milner,Viktor Deak,Donald C. Johanson,Ian Tattersall
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300100471
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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Creates three-dimensional scientific reconstructions for twenty-two species of extinct humans, providing information for each one on its emergence, chronology, geographic range, classification, physiology, environment, habitat, cultural achievements, coex

Aspects of the Medieval Animal Epic

Proceedings of the International Conference, Louvain, May 15-17, 1972
Author: Edward Rombauts,Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (1970- ). Instituut voor Middeleeuwse Studies
Publisher: Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9789061860259
Category: Nature
Page: 268
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Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Narratives

Environmental Postcolonialism in Australia and Canada
Author: K. Crane
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137000791
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 228
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The concept of 'wilderness' as a foundational idea for environmentalist thought has become the subject of vigorous debates. Myths of Wilderness in Contemporary Narratives offers a taxonomy of the forms that wilderness writing has taken in Australian and Canadian literature, re-emphasizing both country's origins as colonies.

The Pawnee Mythology

Author: George Amos Dorsey
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803266032
Category: Social Science
Page: 546
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The Pawnee Mythology, originally published in 1906, preserves 148 tales of the Pawnee Indians, who farmed and hunted and lived in earth-covered lodges along the Platte River in Nebraska. The stories, collected from surviving members of four bands-Skidi, Pitahauirat, Kitkehahki, and Chaui-were generally told during intermissions of sacred ceremonies. Many were accompanied by music. George A. Dorsey recorded these Pawnee myths early in the twentieth century after the tribe's traumatic removal from their ancestral homeland to Oklahoma. He included stories of instruction concerning supernatural beings, the importance of revering such gifts as the buffalo and corn, and the results of violating nature. Hero tales, forming another group, usually centered on a poor boy who overcame all odds to benefit the tribe. Other tales invited good fortune, recognized wonderful beings like the witch women and spider women, and explained the origin of medicine powers. Coyote tales were meant to amuse while teaching ethics. George A. Dorsey (1868-1931) was a distinguished anthropologist and journalist who also wrote about the traditions of the Arapahos, Arikaras, and Osages. Douglas R. Parks is a professor of anthropology and associate director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University. He is the editor of James R. Murie's Ceremonies of the Pawnee (Nebraska 1989) and the editor and translator of Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians (Nebraska 1996).

Ethics and the Beast

A Speciesist Argument for Animal Liberation
Author: Tzachi Zamir
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400828135
Category: Philosophy
Page: 160
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Many people think that animal liberation would require a fundamental transformation of basic beliefs. We would have to give up "speciesism" and start viewing animals as our equals, with rights and moral status. And we would have to apply these beliefs in an all-or-nothing way. But in Ethics and the Beast, Tzachi Zamir makes the radical argument that animal liberation doesn't require such radical arguments--and that liberation could be accomplished in a flexible and pragmatic way. By making a case for liberation that is based primarily on common moral intuitions and beliefs, and that therefore could attract wide understanding and support, Zamir attempts to change the terms of the liberation debate. Without defending it, Ethics and the Beast claims that speciesism is fully compatible with liberation. Even if we believe that we should favor humans when there is a pressing human need at stake, Zamir argues, that does not mean that we should allow marginal human interests to trump the life-or-death interests of animals. As minimalist as it sounds, this position generates a robust liberation program, including commitments not to eat animals, subject them to factory farming, or use them in medical research. Zamir also applies his arguments to some questions that tend to be overlooked in the liberation debate, such as whether using animals can be distinguished from exploiting them, whether liberationists should be moral vegetarians or vegans, and whether using animals for therapeutic purposes is morally blameless.

Animal Care and Management at the National Zoo

Final Report
Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Institute for Laboratory Animal Research,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Committee on the Review of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309095832
Category: Science
Page: 304
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This report follows up on an interim report released in February 2004 that focused on immediate needs in the areas of animal care and management, recordkeeping, and pest control. The report finds that the zoo has made good-faith efforts to correct deficiencies noted in the interim report and has made some noticeable improvements in the past year in zoo operations and animal care. However, problems in areas such as staff training, workplace culture, and strategic planning still need to be addressed. Specifically, the report recommends that the zoo immediately develop and implement animal-care training programs to ensure that people who are directly responsible for the well-being of its animal collection are adequately prepared and competent. The report commends a zoo-initiated strategic planning process as a positive step, but recommends it contain a more detailed, comprehensive strategy of how it will meet short-term goals and that it should link plans to upgrade facilities with those to acquire animals. The zoo should also focus on improving communication among keepers, veterinarians, nutritionists, senior managers, and curators.

Improving farm animal welfare

Science and society working together: the Welfare Quality approach
Author: H.J. Blokhuis,Mara Miele,Isabelle Veissier,Bryan Jones
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9086867707
Category: Science
Page: 229
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How do you define the quality of life of a farmed animal? This timely book addresses the complex and often controversial issues surrounding the assessment and improvement of farm animal welfare. Based on a large, multi-disciplinary EU funded research project called Welfare Quality, it discusses the relevance of science based welfare assessments and the importance of establishing a fruitful dialogue between science and society. An outline is given of the development of a workable welfare assessment system for cattle, pigs and chickens as well as practical ways of improving the animals' quality of life. This book synthesises the huge body of work carried out by the largest ever international network of scientists and stakeholders in Welfare Quality. It describes some of the obstacles encountered and their solution and why particular paths were chosen. It also clearly sets out what still needs to be done and presents selected strategies and technologies (automation, proxy indicators, targeting of risk factors, etc.) designed to ensure the continued improvement of welfare and its assessment. The book provides a valuable source of knowledge on farm animal welfare for social and animal scientists, students, teachers, policy makers, lobby groups and the animal industry.

The Last King of Angkor Wat

A Celebration of the Animal Kingdom
Author: Graeme Base
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857978489
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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Among the ruins of beautiful Angkor Wat, Tiger, Monkey, Water Buffalo and Gecko argue over who would make the greatest king. They decide to race to the top of the hill, each hoping to prove they are most worthy. But along the way their strengths and weaknesses are revealed. Will any of them be good enough to be King? The luscious illustrations of Graeme Base are emphasised in his artwork of Angkor Wat, one of the most beautiful ruins known to people all over the world.