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Anyone who goes on safari will want to make room in his or her suitcase for this treasure. Estes, who is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute as a research associate, spent over eight years doing fieldwork in Africa and over 17 years leading safaris. His admirable qualifications as an expert on the social ecology of African mammals are reflected in the text, which describes approximately 86 species of African mammals. Introductory chapters give practical advice on how to observe animals, including tips on using binoculars and photographic equipment. Other chapters are arranged by standard taxonomic classification. Estes first covers the characteristics of families and subfamilies and then goes into even more detail on the individual species, charting behaviors one can expect to see and the usual context or meaning. Icons illustrating the behaviors effectively take the reader to a description of the behavior being observed. Appended to the text are a brief suggested reading list, addresses of major wildlife organizations, a glossary of terms, and a thorough index. The only "fault" with this exceptionally well-written and researched book is its size. With a 6 9 trim and some 470 pages of text, this is a fairly large, hefty volume to pack on safari--but it is worth the extra effort, as nothing compares with it. Essential for any traveler to Africa, any student of animals or behavior, any zoo visitor, and any size public library.
Baited by offer of $10 off by May 31, I searched for books with beautiful photography unsuccessfully so settled on this choice & the one above, but was my expectations had been for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeanette Bowers
As some of the others have said, this book goes into much greater detail about the animals you will see on safari than any other. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher M. Smith
It is a good book, but one needs to read it first, especially the background info on the different mammals: ungulates, big cats, and primates, if one were to get the most out of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kersi F. Munshi
A little dense for the average person, but still very well written and clearly expertly composed. Could use more images to help with identification of the species more than just a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Adrian Colarusso
Helpful if traveling in Africa. It is quite heavy however to carry with you.Published 15 months ago by Nancy G. Scheaffer
Incredible detail. Only thing missing is an audio CD of all the animal calls he describes.Published 15 months ago by Stephen Roth
This book is a little too detailed for the average safari traveler. If you want a very detailed explanation of African animal behavior, this is the book for you. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sugar Mountain Lady