When I first flipped this book open, I landed on the graph titled “The Plankton That Flee the Light,” and I fell in love with this book. I became lost in the intimacy the graphs provided, the thin lines and points that signified life and death had taken place, the places where elephants walk and sharks circle in order to avoid humans. I can’t remember the last time math has made me feel so hopeful.
"Where the Animals Go is beautiful and thrilling, a combination of the best in science and exposition, and a joy to study cover to cover." —Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti’s stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior. These astonishing infographics explain how warblers detect incoming storms using sonic vibrations, how baboons make decisions, and why storks prefer garbage dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons racing through the Everglades, a lovelorn wolf traversing the Alps, and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains. Where the Animals Go is a triumph of technology, data science, and design, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.
About the Author
James Cheshire is professor of geographic information and cartography at University College London.
Oliver Uberti is a Los Angeles–based designer and a former design editor for National Geographic.
[Where the Animals Go] is an enthralling volume, downright gorgeous in its illustrations and text. Its double intent is brilliant, too — to bring each of us closer to the animal world and to highlight fresh ways to think about conservation.
— Barbara King - NPR
Where the Animals Go elegantly elucidates the role new technologies has played in expanding our knowledge of animal migration.
Cheshire and Uberti write about billions of data points being collected—some by citizen scientists—and their ravishing maps put this information to good use…[They] show us with precision and clarity where the animals go. — The Washington Post
This book is beautiful as well as informative and inspiring. There is no doubt it will help in our fight to save wildlife and wild habitats. — Jane Goodall
In recent years, technology has made it possible to track animal movements from afar in more and more detail… [Cheshire and Uberti] have dipped into this deluge of data to create 50 beautiful and engaging maps that reveal the wanderings of animals. — National Geographic
A striking example of how innovative technology can be used to increase our understanding of the natural world. — Financial Times
This is a special kind of detective story. After millennia of using footprints, feces, feathers, broken foliage and nests to track animals, the process is now so teched up you need to read this book to find out the how, what and why. — New Scientist
[A] stunning translation of movement onto paper. — Scientific American
[W]ell laid out, easy to understand and a pleasure to return to many times. — Seattle Times
An enthralling look at the world that technology can help us uncover… Exquisite. — Emily Scragg - British Trust for Ornithology
Part coffee-table album, part scientific research compendium, [Where the Animals Go] presents these global perambulations in lush detail, reveling in their minutiae and in the technological leaps that make such observations possible. . . tracking an animal through time and space transforms it from a mere object of scientific interest into a story whose unsolved mysteries capture our imagination.
— M. R. O'Connor - Undark Magazine
[A] gorgeous data trove… Accompanying the text are beautifully designed four-color maps and other visualizations … [A]n inspiring introduction to an important area of science. — Library Journal