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From rainforests to deserts, mountains to plains, the sea to the sky, animals raise their voices in an eclectic and thrilling chorus. This collection celebrates the unique calls of the keel-billed toucan, the morning roar of the Guatemalan howler monkey, the seriously social laughing of the spotted hyena Guatemalan coatimundi, the honk of the courtship-crazed hammerhead bat, sophisticated conversation from the Central African forest elephant, the subtle bellow of the great plains bison, and many more intriguing sounds from creatures we seldom hear.

The NPR Sound Treks series brings the outdoors to life with outstanding audio documentaries, stories, and commentary from the NPR archives. Each volume features sounds from nature, insights from experts and others who love the outdoor experience (naturalists, zoologists, biologists, adventurers, even a cowgirl), and vivid storytelling that captures the excitement of the wilderness.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Jon Hamilton
  • Holy Baboon! A "Mystical" Moment In Africa
  • Radio Gift: John Nielsen and Wild Animals
  • Decoding The Hyena's Laugh
  • Alpha Bison: The Quieter Bellow Wins the Females
  • Making "Living With Lions" Practical in Kenya
  • Otterly Adorable, But Born to be Wild
  • Recording Story Rattles Producer
  • Close Encounters with the Adirondack Black Bear
  • Hear Them Roar: Noisy New World Monkeys
  • What Wildlife Lurks in Central Park By Night?
  • Gorilla Population Up 14 Years After Genocide
  • Slo-Mo Cricket Chirps Reveal Secret Serenades
  • Sounds Give Researchers Clues to Elephants
  • Chasing After the Elusive Narwhal
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Critic Reviews

"The NPR style comes through in short interviews with animal scientists about sounds of the wild that interest them. . . .The vignettes make for light listening." (AudioFile)

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