Intrepid rainforest traveller, Scientist, naturalist, zooologist and local author Dr John Feltwell will be promoting his latest book Black and White in the Wild, at Battle Books, 51 High Street, Battle on Saturday October 29, 5.30pm.
Black and White in the Wild is a photographic celebration and investigation into the anomaly that is black and white colouration in wild animals.
In this book Dr John Feltwell explores the nature of black and white in mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates as well as the remarkable albino and black forms of animals. This is the first ever book on the subject.
The many photographs in the book are a result of 35 years of pursuing nature in far off places and observing animals close-up.
The scientific community is still undecided on what evolutionary trick has caused some animals to develop rigid black and white colour patterns (as in pied birds) and random patterns in others (such as zebra). Our understanding of genetic mutations such as albinism and melanism is better understood but there has never yet been a book that looks at the many animals that display black and white colouration and why they do so.
This book aims to fill that gap, and while it doesn’t pretend to have the absolute answers, puts suggestions forward in an engaging and digestible style that will appeal to both the lay reader and the academic.
Dr Feltwell has written over 40 books conservation, natural history, rainforest and gardening.