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Wildlife of East Africa (Princeton Pocket Guides) 1st Edition
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Nearly everything I wanted to identify could be found here: mammals and birds, not to mention reptiles, turtles and some trees. The index was simple for a novice to use (omitting most of the Latin names). The pictures and descriptions then helped make identifications fairly easy.
There are many guides available. Those who saw my Withers and Hosking, however, were quick to approve of its ease of use.
I'm disappointed due to several factors:
No table of contents, so it's difficult to locate an animal by species or general category.
There is an index, but that's no substitute of a table of contents.
Subjects are organized in four groups: Birds, approximately 136 pages; Mammals, approximately 70 pages; reptiles, approximately 16 pages; and flora, approximately 8 pages. As you see, birds take up most of the book. If you're not interested in birds then most of the book is a waste.
The print is very small and difficult to read.
Within each group, there is no obvious organization, at least to me, a non-zoologist, non-botanist. I would like to have seen at least alphabetical listings within groups. Listings are in first name - last name order. For example "Lesser Kudu" instead of "Kudu, Lesser." Makes it difficult to locate an animal if you don't know the specific type.
Descriptions of animals do not include sizes such as length, height, and weight.
Photographs are limited, and sometimes do not adequately illustrate an animal, making a comparison with my photos difficult.
Had I known all this, I would not have bought this book.
The book is laid out like a typical field guide with animals grouped by family. If you think you saw a jackal, you can easily look up "jackal" in the index and see a listing of all the different types of jackals and flip to that page to read about the different types of jackals and see their pictures. If it turns out it wasn't a jackal, just look a few pages over and you'll find animals similar to the jackal, like foxes and hyenas. I found it very easy to use and the index was very helpful. It might take a little getting used to if you're not super familiar with field guides and how birds and animals are grouped, but it's not too hard to do.
Most of the pictures were beautiful and clear (although there was a least one incredibly pixalated bird picture). The information is helpful and interesting, but this won't serve as an indepth guide for learning all about the animal. I found the information included was all I needed though. While on safari, I preferred to identify the animals and then spend time watching them or looking at the scenery or looking for other animals, rather than reading indepth information about the habits and behaviors of the animals.
I have just placed an order for another 6 of these books...they are great gift for my clients. I noticed on my last trip this was also the book being used by the guide...although I thought he should have had a more complete book, such as Safari Companion in addition. This is perfect for average safari goer. Mine has lasted me through about 8 trips to Africa. Binding is sturdy and has not disintegrated yet! I will buy another for myself if it gives out!
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Purchased after trip to Tanzania / Zanzibar - very handy for reviewPublished 1 month ago by Carolyn S. Head
I bought this & the National Audubon Society Field Guide for a trip to East Africa. We used his book while out on safari as it was so easy to use. Read morePublished 3 months ago by madannie
We just came back from Kenya and Tanzania and need the book to label our pictures. It was a life saver. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephanie
This is an excellent quick yet thorough reference for nearly every animal seen in East Africa.
The pictures featured in the book are outstanding and the descriptions are... Read more
Used in February, 2015 while on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. This was a wildlife safari, but I'm also very focused on birds. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karyn M. Delaney