Recommended: “Beyond Words, What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel”

Check out Carl Safina’s new book. “Beyond Words, What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel”. This adaption of Safina’s 2015 award winning “Beyond Words, What Animals Think and Feel” is aimed at children from ages 10 to 16.


In the original book Safina offers an intimate personal accounting of experiences with wild animals that challenge the fixed boundary between human and non human animals. Safina, a celebrated marine scientist, challenges reader to recalculate how we interact with animals through stories of joy, grief, jealousy and love. The story has adapted to offer these experiences and perspectives to an audience of young readers. This new release (the first of a two-part series) has quickly risen to become Amazon’s #1 top seller in Children Zoology.


Works such as these could be the key to creating a new generation of wildlife advocates, and we at AFW highly recommend reading Safina’s new work, or gifting it to a child or young adult in your life.


Check out the new book HERE.

Recommended: “The Hidden Life of Wolves”

Jim K, a member of AFW’s steering committee highly recommends National Geographic’s book “The Hidden Life of Wolves” by filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher with forward by Robert Redford.
The Dutcher’s project took them into the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, where they lived or six years near a wolf family year round. They observed and photographed the intimate lives and behavior of the wolves, including their grief at the death of a pack mate, exuberant play and friendships, excitement over birth of pups, shared role of raising pups and teaching the needed skills to survive.
The book is filled with intimate portraits of all manner of rarely seen social action and activities. The photographs are revealing, touching and intimate.
The experience has led to three documentary films and three Emmy Awards and the founding of the non profit: Living With Wolves.

Gustavus Wolves and Sea Otters

While most wolves prefer moose, deers, and mountain goats, the Gustavus pack in northern Southeast Alaska has developed a taste for sea otters, most likely due to a a rapid growth in the population in the Glacier Bay National Park.

It’s not certain how the wolves are killing the sea otters. Otters are known to come ashore during inclement weather, and it’s possible that the wolves are hunting them them then. Research also suggests that the sea otter population in Glacier Bay has reached “carrying capacity” (the point at which a habitat can no longer support the number of animals living there without damage to the habitat or animals). If this is the case, wolves could be scavenging dead animals that wash up onshore or going after weakened otters.

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