Have you ever wondered what shellfish feel? Have you ever marveled at the complex social structure of wolf packs? Have you ever thought about the intellectual potential of chimpanzees? The following books explore the intellectual, emotional, and–dare I say?–spiritual lives of nonhuman life forms, from the greatest mammals to the tiniest insects.
1. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
This exciting new book explores the current science of animal cognition and challenges many of the assumptions humans have about “lower” life forms. The genius of animals has long been underestimated, but this book seeks to set the record straight, marveling at the ways in which animals have adapted to their natural environments and the humans that too frequently invade their homes.10 Fascinating Books for Animal LoversClick To Tweet
2. The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs
In this book, naturalist Craig Childs recounts his amazing encounters with other species in the wild–from sharks and grizzlies to elk and Bighorn sheep. This book also contains perhaps the best description of a porcupine ever written–he describes it as “a mobile hairstyle”–a truly great contribution to naturalist literature.