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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.
Helpful if traveling in Africa. It is quite heavy however to carry with you.Published 2 months ago by Nancy G. Scheaffer
Incredible detail. Only thing missing is an audio CD of all the animal calls he describes.Published 2 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 2 months ago by Sugar Mountain Lady
I used this book while on Safari in Tanzania for a college class, and it was wonderful. The book was a required purchase for the class, but it was well organized and helpful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Samantha L.
Just a wonderful book! There is detailed information and helpful drawings. It contains information on diet, mating, habitat, behavior, etc.Published 5 months ago by Samantha
Very interesting in terms of animal behavior, but not sure it's worth the room in the safari pack. We ended up reading it back at the camp at the end of the day instead of bringing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by taylor
I am getting ready to go to Africa on a safari and this book came highly recommended. Will definitely peak my interest and enthusiasm. Looks well worn like it was used and enjoyed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Pierce
The experience of a safari is heightened greatly armed with the knowledge of the animals. This is a thorough and easy to comprehend book that tells you virtually anything and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andrea Gibson