Updated March 07, 2019 by Gregg Parker

The 10 Best Zoology Textbooks

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We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Thanks to standardized testing, high school science classes now spend most of their time forcing students to label diagrams of cells instead of doing lab work. The result is that budding scientists enter college without having studied living animals, leading to an ignorance about the importance of zoology. These books can inspire curiosity and prepare teens for university-level courses. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best zoology textbook on Amazon.

10. Introduction to the Study of Insects

9. Van De Graaff's Photographic Atlas

8. Vertebrate Life

7. Biology of the Invertebrates

6. Zoology: Eleventh Edition

5. Herpetology: Fourth Edition

4. The Diversity of Fishes

3. Zoology for Kids

2. Integrated Principles of Zoology

1. Handbook of Bird Biology

Editor's Notes

March 05, 2019:

There are a lot of animals out there, and to learn about them in-depth, you'll likely need a specialized source, which is why most of the titles on our list focus on one area of zoology in particular. The best titles among them are accessible enough for the layperson, but detailed enough for scholars to use, such as the "Handbook of Bird Biology." Other selections, like "Integrated Principles" and "Zoology For Kids," are accessible to less-experienced readers, though they take a broader lens to the topic. "The Diversity of Fishes" and "Herpetology" are excellent reads, but take a more limited focus. If you're serious about this field of study but haven't yet specialized, you may want to try several of these picks in order to learn all you can about the various creatures.


Gregg Parker
Last updated on March 07, 2019 by Gregg Parker

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