Urban animal ecology

Authored by: Peter J. Jarvis

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415


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Animals require food, shelter for every-day activities, and appropriate places for breeding. In towns and cities they are often opportunistic in where they live and what they eat. They have to be flexible and adaptable in their requirements, and generally have broad food ranges (food generalists and scavengers). They can often tolerate disturbance of various kinds, particularly from human activity, and generally live in closer proximity to humans than their equivalents in non-urban areas. Successful mammals tend to be nocturnal.

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