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Wired Wilderness. Technologies of Tracking and the Making of Modern Wildlife .   Benson , E. 2010 . John Hopkins University Press , Baltimore , MD , U.S.A . 264 pp. $55 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-801-89710-8 .

The history of radio tracking of wild animals frames a critical examination of the political, cultural, and social values inherent in the study and management of wild animals.

Camera Traps in Animal Ecology. Methods and Analyses . O’Connell , A. F. , J. D. Nichols , and K. U. Karanth , editors. 2010. Springer, New York, U.S.A 280 pp. $189 (hardcover). ISBN 978-4-431-994940-7.

Camera traps have been used in the study of wild animals for many years, but only recently has careful attention been paid to the sampling methods and analytical techniques best suited for use with these tools so that sound inferences can be made. Fourteen chapters cover a broad range of taxa, techniques, and geographies.

A Field Guide to the Carnivores of the World .   Hunter , L. 2011 . Princeton University Press , Princeton , NJ , U.S.A . 240 pp. $75 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-69115-227-1 .

Most people know what a cheetah, wild dog, or puma looks like, but what about a Malay weasel, lesser grison, cacomistle, or Owston's civet? Look here for carefully drawn plates, drawings of skulls and tracks, and succinct, helpful species accounts.

Zoo Conservation Biology . Fa , J. E. , S. M. Funk , and D. O’Connell . 2011 . Cambridge University Press , New York , NY , U.S.A . $55 (paperback). ISBN 978-0-521-53493-2 .

The blurring of lines between in situ and ex situ species conservation makes this review of how zoos can actively support conservation of biological diversity timely. The volume addresses many of the controversies and successes inherent in this pursuit.

Ecosystem Functioning .   Jax , K. 2010 . Cambridge University Press , Cambridge , U.K. 286 pp. $60 (paperback). ISBN 978-0-521-70523-3 .

In policy and scientific circles, ecosystem functioning is increasingly being presented as a purveyor of ecosystem services, but it is a much-debated concept. This book builds a bridge between theoretical and practical issues and draws in the philosophical and social-science dimensions of the concept with the objective of formulating and applying unambiguously the concepts of ecosystem functioning.

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