Lucy Cooke is a National Geographic Explorer with a Masters in zoology from Oxford University (where she was taught by Richard Dawkins). She loves travel and adventure and has a soft spot for some of the planet's strangest and most misunderstood animals. She once spent six months traveling around South America by herself (under the guise of the Amphibian Avenger) to raise awareness about the rapid extinction of the world's amphibians and she founded the Sloth Appreciation Society to promote a greater understanding of her "animal muse" the sloth. As well as writing books, Lucy is also an accomplished photographer, filmmaker and broadcaster who has produced and presented award-winning natural history documentaries for BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery, PBS and many more. Lucy lives in a suitcase but spends much of her time in London and Hastings in the UK.
In her new book The Truth About Animals, Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret—and often hilarious—habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.
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