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A Guide to the Mammals of China Hardcover – March 2, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1St Edition edition (March 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691099847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691099842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now, for the first time, the natural history of all 556 of China's known mammals has been brought together in this impressive tome. This title represents a major achievement of international collaboration, and will be an invaluable tool in future research and conservation. It's also an important addition to any wildlife book collection."--Kathryn Jeffs, BBC Wildlife Magazine

"This volume, the labor of authors Hoffmann, Darrin Lunde, John MacKinnon, and Don E. Wilson and superb illustrator Federico Gemma, also benefits from the contributions of the two editors and Wang Sung and W. Chris Wozencraft. It is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to China's mammals and perhaps to those of Asia as well. . . . It is difficult to overestimate the usefulness of this outstanding book--not only for naturalists and mammalogists, but also for all conservation-minded people who are very concerned about the struggle for China's 1.3 billion people, with their often-disastrous culinary and pharmacological habits, and that country's precious wildlife."--F.S. Szalay, Choice

"Finally [China] now has a decent guide to the mammals. . . . The book has a great introductory section covering geography, the history of mammalogy in China, and conservation. This includes some useful maps and photographs. The text consists of the typical sections on characteristics, distribution, natural history, additional comments, and status. I was pleased to find this information is current and honest. . . . The artwork is by Federico Gemma of Italy and is top quality. . . . This is a much needed guide and it will be indispensable for naturalists and mammalogists for years to come."--Roy John, Canadian Field Naturalist

"[T]he Smith and Xie volume . . . will no doubt be adopted quickly as the gold standard by those working on Chinese mammals. . . . As a reference book, it should be on the shelf not only of practicing mammalogists and those with interest in China, but indeed of anyone with a passing interest in the mammalian fauna of this magnificent and complex country."--Richard B. Harris, Journal of Mammology

"[A] wonderful volume that will serve any field primatologist both as a guide to the area's monkeys and to help identify all those other strange non-primate mammals we glimpse through the binoculars from time to time."--Adrian Barnett, Primate Eye

From the Inside Flap

"This is destined to be a landmark book on Asian mammals. Its publication marks a watershed event, enabling public understanding of a tenth of the world's mammal species. Contributors to the volume include many of the world's experts on Chinese mammals. This is an ambitious book."--Bruce D. Patterson, Field Museum of Natural History

More About the Author

Yan Xie has 19 years experiences working on biodiversity conservation in China. Is now an associate research professor in the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She led a research group on Nature Conservation Legislation and promoted the Chinese government to issue a comprehensive Protected Area Law during 2012~2013, and the work has been highly regarded as an important event in the conservation history of China. Due to the work, she received the SEE-TNC Environmental Award. As the China Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) 2005-1012, she led the WCS China Programme working in Changtang and Pamir in western China, Amur tiger habitat in north-east China, Chinese alligator and Yangtze giant softshell turtle, and a long-term programme on controlling wildlife trade. She served as coordinator of biodiversity studies under the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, a high level governmental advisory body during 1994-2005, where she made a great contribution to the country's conservation policy. Yan also led the evaluation of more than 10,000 species for the China Red List. She is a prolific writer with many important conservation books under her belt including A Guide to the Mammals of China published in 2008, Bioinvasion and Biosecurity of China in 2009 and Biodiversity Atlas of China in 2009. She was the Vice-Chair of East Asia, World Commission of Protected Area, and now a Steering Committee Member of Species Survival Commission/IUCN.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven S. Schaller on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best field guides I have ever seen. The plates (61 plates)are beautifully illustrated and very accurate. Even though it will be a few years before I visit China, I wanted to purchase this field guide to become familiar with their mammals and where to find them. Besides wonderful illustrations of the mammals, the text is filled with great information. Each species account is accompanied with a range map showing the distribution of that mammal. Under the mammal's name is included the Chinese script of the mammal and an English translation of what that script sounds like. This is an ingenious inclusion, because for travelers looking for specific mammals, they only need to point to the script and people can help them. The text also includes taxonomic keys to assist in identifying mammals that are closely related. About the only thing that I didn't like was the fact that it only comes in hardcover. This is a personal thing because all of my other field guides are paperback, which makes them lighter to carry while traveling. But even with the hardcover, this field guide is a wonderful resource and learning tool for the mammals of China.
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