The Social Lives of Animals


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Everything you ever wanted to know about how animals live together, and what that means for us

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Born in Yorkshire, Ashley Ward is a professor in Animal Behaviour at the University of Sydney, the culmination of a career spent studying the behaviour of animals from tiny Antarctic krill to mammals, including humans. He has published over 100 scientific journal articles and a highly cited academic book Sociality: The Behaviour of GroupLiving Animals.


'Very striking ... Ward has a good eye for details ... he writes vividly' - Sunday Times

'Extraordinary stories in this fascinating book ... any writer who can evoke the existential sadness of a lonely cockroach, or make krill thrilling, or describe a snorkelling colleague being engulfed in a "gargantuan cetacean bum detonation" is a real gift to science communication ... thought-provoking' - Guardian

'Reading [The Social Lives of Animals] is like entering a maze ... with surprises awaiting the reader at every turn. What holds it all together is the author's natural gift for storytelling and penchant for punchy, provocative one-liners' - Christoph Irmscher

'A great antidote to the dog-eat-dog view of nature that we grew up with. Ashley Ward takes the reader on a personal journey of discovery to make clear that animals often depend on cooperation for survival' - Frans de Waal, author

'From swarming krill and flocking birds to cattle herds and tribal chimpanzees, Ashley Ward reveals animals to be much more social than often thought. Part deep dive into the latest science and part personal storytelling, Ward's book shatters the old stereotype. This is not nature red in tooth and claw, but nature awash in cooperation and collaboration' - Steve Brusatte, professor and palaeontologist at the University of Edinburgh and New York Times/Sunday Times bestselling author of

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