The artwork appears in the collection of Natural Artifacts


Included in Chapter 3


Dedicated paragraphs in the book

  • The secret life of cities
  • A highly adaptable species
  • Biodiversity in New York

Useful for understanding

Cities are not entirely ours. Alongside the bustling life immersed in traffic, work meetings, and offices, a microcosm of creatures quietly inhabits gardens, parks, green areas, ledges, attics, and abandoned buildings. This is the secret life of metropolises.

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The phenomenon of “Urban Wildlife” is a growing trend in recent decades. In a world where the human population is expanding, wild animals often find themselves sharing territory with new roommates: us.

Some animals react poorly to the loss of their habitat, seeking refuge in still uninhabited areas or perishing under the competitive pressure for resources. However, other species are less demanding in terms of basic survival conditions and choose to try city life, managing to exploit the best of both environments. In some cases, they prefer urban areas so much over the wild that they permanently relocate to the green spaces of urban centers.

Resilient and adaptable species such as foxes, weasels, martens, raccoons, rats, rabbits, kestrels, peregrine falcons, hedgehogs, crows, coyotes, herons, seagulls, freshwater turtles, and many others have made metropolises their home in every sense of the word.

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