ReadersMagnet Review believes that works such as Nicki Geigert’s book on why animals yawn and other literature on animal behavior and activities are essential in understanding other species and how to care for them.

We are living in an interesting epoch in the planet’s history. The way climate change and other human activities affect the planet’s behavior is unprecedented. Polar caps are melting, icebergs are drifting, rainforests are burning, and coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. Habitats are being threatened, and animals are showing behaviors and patterns in a desperate cry for help. We are all racing against time, and if we don’t work fast to understand what animals and nature are saying, it might be too late for all of us.

Photography books on animal behaviors and activities play a vital role in educating children about animals, their habitats, and the current plight we share with them.

While books like Dr. Richard Pearson’s Driven to Extinction provide a more in-depth discussion on how climate change and human activities affect animal behaviors and patterns, photography books like Who’s Yawning Now? Instantly attract children’s attention because of its clear photos and adorable animals. And right now, there is a great need to educate the next generation about animals and saving the planet’s future.

Who’s Yawning Now is a book on why animals yawn, and it introduces children to various animals found in the wild. The book is also an alphabet book, as each animal represents a letter. While the highlights of this book are the pictures of cute animals in their sleepy behavior, it also features their respective habitats, what they eat, and the threats they are facing. Who’s Yawning Now? feature animals with an IUCN Red List of Threatened Species tag informing readers how endangered an animal is. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the best-known worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system.

The book also reveals that yawning may not exclusively mean that an animal is sleepy. It could also be a sign that the animal is in distress, anxious, or being threatened.

Wildlife photography books celebrate nature’s beauty, but they also show us realities that we need to address today to save species and their habits and our planet in general.

While most photography books are a celebration of life, nature, and its majesty, many wildlife photographers such as Nicki Geigert, Nick Brandt, Ami Vitale, and Frans Lanting are taking a stand and exposing the current plight of wildlife animals by showing photographs of change animal behaviors, disturbing new patterns, and animals in their moments of helplessness.

Books like Life: A Journey through Time, Eye to Eye: Intimate Encounters with the Animal World, and Living Planet (Frans Lanting) provide us with details of animals and their behavior and how they adapt to the ever-changing environment.

Nick Brandt’s trilogy On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land shows us the grim reality that many animal populations are now vanishing at a very alarming rate. This riveting photography project takes us to East Africa, where great animals such as lions, elephants, giraffes, and gorillas are desperately fighting for their survival against climate change and human’s lust for game huntings and poaching.

Ami Vitale’s Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas offers us lessons and perhaps hope in our quest to understand more about how animals behave. It teaches us what environment suits them and how to better shield them from harmful humans and climate change that disrupts their lifestyle and habitat.

Nicki Geigert and many other wildlife photographers tell us that we need to act vigilantly to protect our planet and its inhabitants by showing us captured moments of animals in their candid behaviors and patterns. 

Nicki Geigert is a travel and wildlife photographer and author of several books, including Family Trip to Magical Madagascar and Beyond, Who’s Yawning Now?, Holy Cow!, and Bianca’s Big Adventure.