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The books, videos, and journals listed below are a good starting point for your research. They can be found at the San Diego Zoo Global Library or on our website. Find more through our Search Everything! and Library Catalog links.

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Encyclopedia of Mammals, The - David W. MacDonald (ed.)
Call Number: QL703 .E56 2006 REF
ISBN: 9780816070763
Publication Date: 2006
In three comprehensive volumes, this work details developments in natural history and science in a way that engages general readers as well as students and researchers. A Factfile section presents key details on 40 animals, including diet, breeding, habitat and life expectancy. A listing of scientific names for all the species mentioned is included, as well as hundreds of "Animals in Close Up" featuring articles emphasizing the importance of animal conservation.

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Mammal Species of the World - Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (eds)
Call Number: QL708 .M35 2005 REF
ISBN: 0801882214
Publication Date: 2005
Wilson and Reeder's Mammal Species of the World is the classic reference book on the taxonomic classification and distribution of the more than 5400 species of mammals that exist today. The third edition includes detailed information on nomenclature and, for the first time, common names. Each concise entry covers type locality, distribution, synonyms, and major reference sources.

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Wild Mammals in Captivity - Devra G. Kleiman et al. (eds.)
Call Number: QL704 .W55 2010 MAIN
ISBN: 9780226440095
Publication Date: 2010
Wild Mammals in Captivity presents the most current thinking and practice in the care and management of wild mammals in zoos and other institutions. The editors have gathered the most current information from studies of animal behavior; advances in captive breeding; research in physiology, genetics, and nutrition; and new thinking in animal management and welfare.

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Wild Mammals of North America, 2nd ed. - George A. Feldhamer et al. (eds.)
Call Number: QL715 .W55 2003 REF
ISBN: 9780801874161
Publication Date: 2003
The revised second edition continues to provide the most current and comprehensive data on the distribution, physiology, ecology, behavior, commercial value, and viability of non-game North American species, including bats, woodrats, prairie dogs, and armadillo, the whales, seals, and sirenians, as well as carnivores, fur-bearers, and big game species.

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Mammals of South America - Alfred L. Gardner (Editor)
Call Number: QL725 .M36 2007 REF
ISBN: 9780226282404
Publication Date: 2008
Species accounts include taxonomic descriptions, synonymies, keys to identification, distributions with maps and a gazetteer of marginal localities, lists of recognized subspecies, brief summaries of natural history information, and discussions of issues related to taxonomic interpretations.

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Mammals of Africa - Jonathan Kingdon et al. (eds.)
Call Number: QL731.A1 M36 2013 REF
ISBN: 9781408122570
Publication Date: 2013
Six volumes incorporate the very latest information and detailed discussion of the morphology, distribution, biology and evolution of every currently recognized species of African land mammals, with detailed profiles of 1,160 species and 16 orders.

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Australian Mammals : Ecology and Captive Management - Stephen Jackson
Call Number: QL733 .J33 2003 MAIN
ISBN: 9780643066359
Publication Date: 2003
This work includes a review of the biology of each group in the wild with the information being taken to increase the understanding and husbandry standard in captivity. It gives practical guidance for keeping native mammals in captivity, with each chapter containing information on the biology, housing, capture and restraint, transport, diet, behaviour, behavioural enrichment, breeding, and artificial rearing of each group of mammals.



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Life of Mammals, The - BBC, with David Attenborough
Call Number: QL703 .A88 L54 2003 DVD
ISBN: 0790779714
Publication Date: 2003
In ten parts, the award-winning David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on Earth, from the smallest - the two-inch pygmy shrew, to the largest - the blue whale; from the slowest - the sloth, to the swiftest - the cheetah; from the least attractive - the naked mole rat, to the most irresistible - a human baby. The Life of Mammals is the story of 4,000 species that have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth


Below is a sampling of relevant journals. For a full list, search the SDZG Library Journals A-Z. Please note: this service is for SDZG staff and volunteers; staff working offsite may contact the library for access.

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Welfare
  • Journal of Mammalogy
  • Journal of Zoology
  • Mammalian Biology
  • Mammalian Species


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