The word raccoon is drawn from the Native American Algonquian language. Their term arakun roughly translates to "he who scratches with his hands." Anyone who has found a raccoon rummaging around in a once securely closed trash container can attest to how skillful raccoons are with their front paws. In fact, they have four times as many sensory receptors in their forepaw skin as they do in their hindpaws-a ratio similar to that of human hands and feet. Samuel Zeveloff explores this trait and much more in his accessible natural history of raccoons.
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I wrote "Raccoons, A Natural History" with the general reader in mind. It is the most thorough volume written on this fascinating mammal. It presents detailed information on the raccoon's evolution, physical characteristics, social behavior, ecology, and management. There is also material that reveals the raccoon's unique status in various North American cultures. The comprehensive nature of "Raccoons, A Natural History" should make it the standard work on this fascinating mammal for years to come. It is richly illustrated with photographs and original artwork.About the Author:
Dr. Samuel I. Zeveloff is a professor of zoology at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He is the author of the book "Mammals of the Intermountain West" (University of Utah Press, 1988) and the senior editor of two other volumes on wilderness issues. He received a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wyoming.
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