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Zoology: Understanding the Animal World

Narrated by: Donald E. Moore III
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

As much as we love a trip to the zoo, the truth is that you can’t learn everything there is to know about animals with an occasional brief visit. But by exploring zoology and the tireless work of zoologists, you’ll find your next trip more rewarding, enriching, and satisfying. 

In these 24 lectures, The Great Courses teams up with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, to take you behind the scenes of the animal world. Dr. Moore has crafted a wonderful introduction to zoology that brings you up close and personal with a breathtaking variety of animal species through the eyes of a trained zoologist. 

Throughout these lectures, you’ll explore the fundamentals of zoology (including the relationship between genetics and environment), dive into the different orders of life on our planet (from the ocean depths to the highest tree tops) and investigate special subjects intriguing today’s zoologists (including animal behavior and conservation). You’ll also meet some of most incredible animals on Earth: butterflies, bears, crocodiles, tigers, giant pandas, elephants, gorillas, and more. And thanks to exclusive footage from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, you’ll be able to see these animals in action, up close and without the crowds. 

It’s a wide, wild world out there. And with these engaging lectures, you’ll be better equipped to get out there and discover its animal wonders. Whether they’re in your local zoo or aquarium, a national park, or right in your own backyard. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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An underachieving effort from The Great Courses

In of itself, it's fairly interesting. Unfortunately, the material is very disjointed, doesn't build towards anything, lacks the gravitas of most courses from the Teaching Company, and suffers from questionable audio quality. Rather than present what would be a zoology higher education course from a world leading educator and university, it's more of a collection of animal talks from a zoo director. Maybe I'm expecting too much. Having listened to nearly 70 courses so far, The Great Courses have set themselves a high bench mark. Unfortunately this offering doesn't quite meet it.

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loved it!

So informative and gave great information for each topic, with added background and talks from experts in these fields x

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  • Joe van Rensburg
  • 28-04-20

America Centric

I am resident in Johannesburg, South Africa and wondered why the Lecturer's references and content to the program refer mostly to the American Animal experience? For instance, there is no mention of the Kruger National Park - when it comes to Lions or any wildlife species, I am sure that the Park deserves some mention when it comes to wildlife preservation? Also, there is no mention of the Bushman cave paintings in Southern Africa, the lecturer only mentioning European rock paintings. Surely this is an oversight? I am writing this review post Corona virus outbreak, so the chapter on animal transmitted diseases was interesting in a new context, also frightening, and sad, that so many lives have been lost. In view of the Lecturer's knowledge and remarks about animal to human transmission, China's apparent ignorance and the world's unpreparedness are startling revelations, to say the least.

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  • Customer
  • 07-02-20

Get back in touch with the animal world

As a former zoo volunteer, I enjoyed catching up on the latest developments especially conservation efforts. Some of the overviews are a bit technical and the accompanying pdf is a great help. Chapter 23 is particularly relevant in light of the latest coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Edwin Barkdoll
  • 03-07-19

Simplistic

I had hoped for a more in depth zoology book but seems to be geared for high school

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  • MCD
  • 24-06-20

if science is your favorite subject this is for yo

make sure a matter of veterinarian for knowing so many different animals and the care of them I knew nothing about diseases going from animal two people that was the most surprising part

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  • w0lfgh0st
  • 16-01-20

Informative and easy listen

It covered many species and was informative on them all as well as the efforts of the Smithsonian.

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  • Jeri
  • 15-11-19

An Enjoyable and Informative Review of The Animal World

The presentation of material was easy to understand, particularly if you’re an avid amateur naturalist like me. The accompanying pdf contains nearly all the material covered in the class and is a good resource to have in its own right. The professor had an enjoyable presentation style and imparted his obvious love of animals into the presentation. I highly recommend this to all who find the natural world fascinating.

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  • Ray
  • 07-10-19

Informative and elaborate

It was definitely worth the time and money. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about animals in depth.