Feral Cities: How Animals are Going Urban Like Never Before
In his new book, Tristan Donovan takes us to the frontlines of people coping with a rise in urban wildlife, from boars in Berlin to boa constrictors in Miami.
A few miles from National Geographic's headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., coyotes roam. But they weren't here a few decades ago.
These wily denizens of the plains have so successfully spread across the country that they've been spotted hanging out on the roof of a New York City bar and bedding down at Chicago's Soldier Field Stadium.
Thanks to several factors—the food cornucopia that is suburbia, climate change expanding species' ranges, and less hunting, to name a few—wildlife is going increasingly urban worldwide. (Get facts on suburban wildlife, too.)
And that means people in cities are grappling with how to live with their wildlife neighbors, whether it's dealing with parrots in Brooklyn or monkeys in Cape Town.