WONDERS OF THE PRONGHORN by G. Earl Chace

WONDERS OF THE PRONGHORN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Introducing the pronghorn as the one sizable, sun-loving big game creature still prevalent on the prairie, Chace describes it as a fast-running, hardy, deerlike animal ""with no living relations."" (Still, a little general taxonomy, such as Perry provides on the llama, below, might help to place it.) The South Dakota zoologist and author of Wonders of Reptiles (1975) and Wonders of Prairie Dogs (1976) focuses here on the pronghorn's feeding habits (its principal activity and one on which pronghorns spend even more time than do other ruminants); its adaptation to the harsh cold environment of the western North American prairie; the birth, rearing, and enthusiastic play of its young; and finally the pronghorn's ""unique and complicated breeding program"" whereby only the few most successful bucks have a chance to mate. An overall dullness of photos and format mars a generally workmanlike addition to the series.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Dodd, Mead