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W&N Popular Science HB / TPB September £20.00 320pp 8pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 60950 6 / 978 0 297 60951 3 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 60952 0

Dr Carin Bondar is the Internet’s expert on animal sex. Her web series of the same name has amassed over 500,000 views on YouTube.

DR CARIN BONDAR Wild Sex

A brilliantly engaging guide to the reproductive habits of creatures great and small. The sex lives of our animal cousins are fiendishly difficult, infinitely varied and often violent. They involve razor sharp penises, murderous cannibals and chemical warfare in an epic battle between the sexes. Like us, animals must first find the perfect partner. You think we have it tough? Try having to do it while being hunted down by predators, against a backdrop of unpredictable or lifethreatening conditions. Then, sperm and egg must successfully meet. Can you imagine doing this when your partner is intent on killing you or when other disgruntled singles are determined to throw you off your game? The next task is to ensure that the resulting offspring reach sexual maturity in order to keep the cycle going. The myriad ways in which this is accomplished is ingenious. Join Carin Bondar on a fascinating journey from puberty to old age across the entire animal kingdom. Carin Bondar is a biologist with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. She is an online and TV host for Discovery, the Science Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic.

W&N Non-fiction • September 2015

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Location: British Columbia, Canada Available for interview f/carin.bondar @drbondar YouTube: DrBondar