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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ralph Curtis Publishing (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883590476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883590478
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 -- all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide. While the term 'African mammals' conjures up the more celebrated species of elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, it is in fact the smaller animals -- shrews, genets, suricates and bats -- that comprise the bulk of the region's mammal species. And, often overlooked but included here too is the diversity of marine mammals -- seals, whales and dolphins -- that are found in our oceans. This new edition of Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa has been extensively revised to include the most recent research in line with new findings and new taxonomy. Up-to-date information, revised distribution maps and new images (where available) have been combined in a modern, full-color layout. Color-coding has been introduced according family groupings and spoor and size icons are included for quick reference with each mammal entry. Another new feature is the inclusion of skulls, grouped at the back of the book for easy comparison. In addition to detailed descriptions of each species, the text offers insight into key identification characters, typical behavior, preferred habitat, food choice and reproduction. IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with an interest in the mammals of the region will find this Stuart guide useful.

Extensively revised since the 3rd ed. (2001), this book by C. Stuart and T. Stuart (founders, African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre) is the definitive photographic guide to the mammals of southern Africa. Standing in contrast to those regional guides that emphasize only Africa’s larger mammals, it covers the rich diversity of small mammals: golden moles, sengis, hedgehogs and shrews, bats, hares and rabbits, and rodents. The introduction considers the major biotic zones, mammal identification, and conservation and management in southern Africa. Following are concise accounts of mammal families and subfamilies, color-coded to facilitate their location within the text. Especially useful are figures depicting the tail, facial conformation, and ear conformation of different bat groups. Identification is based on 470 excellent photographs emphasizing distinguishing features, along with 275 distribution maps. The 350 species accounts cover description, distribution, habitat, behavior, food, and reproduction. More than just a field guide, this concise reference nicely complements the comprehensive The Mammals of the Southern Africa Subregion, rev. by J. D. Skinner and C. T. Chimiimba (3rd ed., CH, Sept’06, 44-0035). Inclusion of the usually overlooked small mammals make this book a valuable addition to mammalian libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

CHRIS and MATHILDE STUART are founders of the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre. They are well-known authors of numerous books including Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa, Pocket Guide: Mammals of East Africa, Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife and Dangerous Creatures of Africa and have also published numerous scientific papers and popular articles on a wide range of topics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. T. Taylor on October 17, 2007
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This is truly an excellent book,a joy to look at,packed with lots of information.However it is not really a book suitable to be taken in the field,the authors smaller book mammals of southern,central and eastern africa would be a better book to take into the field.The authors really know the animals and their passion for the subject comes out in their writing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shawna A. Karpovich on May 30, 2001
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This book is nicely organized. The animals are separated into their prospective families. This is especially helpful for the scientific minded reader. While on safari if I see an animal that is most likely a carnivore, I will know exactly where to look it up.
The pictures are very clear and the description focuses on the distinguishing characters of each species. The descriptions are very logical and easy to follow... i.e. the blaze on the nose of this antelope is continuous therefore, it is species A, where the blaze on the nose of the next antelope (which looks just like species A) is not continuous, therefore it is species B.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Idea on May 31, 2011
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An excellent overview of the animals of southern Africa. Each animal had a fantastic descriptive photograph which showed the distinguishing features of the animal. Each mammal identified had a written description outlining specific identification and imformation areas. This was most helpful as it standardised the availability of sought information.

Anyone travelling to South Africa - this reference book is a must, especially if you are interested in these unique and magnificient creatures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timepilot25 on December 10, 2013
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Been waiting for these guide books to be released as e-books - this is my bible when travelling in southern Africa and am looking forward to not having to cart many kilo's of books any more.
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By L. W. Sandberg on May 20, 2014
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Could have 5 stars if animal foot prints were given as a table for easy comparison. My son loved it and read about the animals as we were on safari and in the evening.
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this is not a narrative with lots of television style nature gee whiz stuff, but it is practical, thorough, and seems to me accurate, with enough interesting detail to keep me coming back to it, to familiarize myself with what I might see on a trip to southern Africa. it is handy to have a field guide in my kindle, no extra weight to take it along.
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I like the information given about the animals. Some behavior information, distribution. Nice having images for size comparisons - very useful. I have found it to be quite comprehensive which is difficult especially with all of the antelopes and small animals.
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Used it the first few days to differentiate the different antelope and a few of the smaller cats at Kruger. after that it was easier to use a picture guide picked up at the park store that also included birds and reptiles most commonly seen.
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More About the Author

Husband and wife team, Chris & Mathilde Stuart, have been involved in wildlife research and book writing for 30 years. Mathilde was educated in Austria and Iran, her final degree a medical doctorate from the University of Innsbruck; Chris attended school in England and South Africa and graduated with an MSc in wildlife ecology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Our interests are wide and include photography, writing and travel; conservation and wildlife research; horses and music. We have published many scientific and popular articles. Between us we have visited, and spent time in, 50 countries, including Canada, USA, Australia and Zambia, with our time being split between our homes in South Africa and Canada.

We have had 18 books published, including several best selling field guides. we are currently developing a series of field guides that will combine facts about the wildlife and tracks and signs for many different countries and regions of the world, in both paper and electronic formats under the banner StuartOnNature. Why don't you visit our webpage: www.stuartonnature.com

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