That animals of many species play is obvious. In particular, research shows that friendly, nonaggressive play is an important social activity for mammals, especially for carnivores. Play prepares young mammals for the tasks of hunting and defending territory without any of the inherent risks. As well, it provides aerobic conditioning, develops muscles, promotes social cohesion, and appears to be just plain fun.
In The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Charles Darwin wrote, “Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, etc., when playing together, like our own children.” This notecard set, featuring the work of four gifted nature photographers, will give you a delightful peek into the games young mammals play.
Contains five each of the following four notecards:
Bornean orangutans; photograph by Frans Lanting
Three giant pandas; photograph by Katherine Feng
Cheetah cub and mother; photograph by Suzi Eszterhas
Coyote pups; photograph by Gene Putney
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