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Best Zoology Books 2020

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Written by Kelly Roberts

Regardless of whether or not you are looking to make the field of zoology your career or just want to better understand the animal world we live in(including how we interact with animals and our place in the Animal Kingdom), these top books on zoology can open up parts of Mother Nature most of us never paused to consider.

Best Zoology Books For Learning 

Below you’ll find some of the very best books on zoology ever produced, the kinds of books used by serious professional zoologists, students studying at colleges and universities around the world, and amateur enthusiasts that just want to have a better understanding of the animals we share the planet with.

After Man: A Zoology of the Future

One of the most exciting books in all of zoology, this particular title doesn’t focus on the animals of today so much as the animals of the future – the animals that will inevitably inherit what we leave behind the earth after humans are an afterthought.

It’s very difficult to consider the fact that humankind has only been around for a fraction of the history of this planet, and it’s just as likely that we too will disappear the same way that the dinosaurs did before the sun runs out of fuel.

This book considers what the animals of the future might look like when they do not have to contend with the ultimate apex predators in the form of humankind.

Integrated Principles of Zoology

The ability for this book to share so much information in an easy to read and almost narrative structure is what helps to separate it from the rest of the pack, particularly in the world of zoology books that can be very dense on facts and information and very light on storytelling.

There’s a reason why this particular title is considered the gold standard for those just beginning to dip their toes into the world of zoology and why belongs on any list of the best books in this field.

The Zoology Coloring Book

Don’t be confused into thinking that this zoology focused coloring book is aimed at young children exclusively – nothing could be further from the truth.

This book has been designed instead for high school biology students and college/university students pursuing more serious studies in the world of zoology. It is fun, whimsical, and engaging as a coloring book but also conveys a lot of in-depth and detailed information that may not be as easy to convey outside of this nontraditional format.

Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

Plenty of humans struggle to understand the ins and outs of our own emotions, let alone the emotions of other humans that we share a species with – which is why it should come as no surprise to anyone that we as a species have such a tough time understanding animal emotions, too.

Humans love to anthropomorphize animals, projecting our images onto our favorite furry little friends, never realizing that their brains are wired a bit different than ours and that we may not be reading the signals they are sending as they were intended.

If you want to do a deep dive into the world of animal emotions this is the best book in the business to get your hands on.

A Dictionary of Zoology

This is one of the best books on zoology, and easily the best selling zoology dictionary you’ll find anywhere on the planet right now.

Incredibly detailed, super comprehensive, and filled to the brim with more than 6000+ individual entries across every aspect of zoology this is far and away the most wide-ranging and authoritative dictionary on zoology you’ll find while still remaining very readable and digestible for those that don’t want to get bogged down in scientific terms and jargon.

If you’re serious about studying zoology at any level, including at the amateur level, and want to understand the terminology better this is the dictionary you’ll want to get your hands on.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

A runaway New York Times best-selling book that explores how animal minds work – including our own – this book really shines a light on just how intelligent we are compared to some of the other animals on this planet, but how that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are intelligent enough to understand how smart other animals are at the same time.


This book does a bit of a deep dive into overall animal intelligence, helping to shine a light on how elephants can classify different humans based off of gender and language, and how a young chimpanzee in Japan has better memory skills than the overwhelming majority of the human population.

This is one of the best titles out there to better understand the animals that we share this planet in a way that is very rarely explored elsewhere.

Zoology, 10th Edition

The basic textbook for pretty much every single zoology class at the high school and college level, it’s hard to imagine any serious student of this field not investing in this textbook to get themselves the foundational knowledge they’ll need to develop their career later down the line.

This particular version is the 10th version, and while there is a newer and more updated book available on the market those updates are rather insignificant – making this version less expensive and still just about as comprehensive and complete.

Tetrapod Zoology Book One

One of the best zoology blogs on the internet is the Tetrapod Zoology blog and this is the very first book from those authors. The authors have such a creative way of explaining core concepts and complex details in the world of zoology while making it highly readable and digestible for people outside of the scientific community, all without cutting out core information that researchers would love to have their hands on.

If you’re interested in zoology these are some of the best books on the topic that you want to get your hands on for sure.

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