One of the phenomena that has accompanied the impact of covid-19 on cities has been the appearance, or more accurately, the re-appearance of wild animal life in cities, as human activity has sharply deceased. This is not to say that all animals had vacated urban sites, but many of the species that have been returning had not been resident urban dwellers or at least not visible for many decades. These sites were originally the domain of many species of wild animals that were gradually displaced by human populations, the built environment, and domesticated animals. Coincidentally, even before the pandemic, while animal life was returning to cities, the publication of books about the history of animals in cities was also increasing after their absence for many years.

In the introduction to his edited collection, Animal Cities: Beastly Urban Histories (New York, 2012), Peter Atkins asks the question “Why So Few Animals...

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