Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa
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This the updated version of the Stuart's popular " Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa."
In now includes Angola, Zambia and Malawi.
The book is significantly larger-- I by just over 150 pages.
I have both the older Kindle edition and this newer one
The animal descriptions are excellent
It starts with a brief summary in a green shaded box.
It gives the animal's common name and zoolological name.
Next length,height at shoulder,weight of male/female. If the animal has horns, details are given.. ( photos often show the horns, and there may be a shot of a young male ( no horns) and a mature male.)
Main pointers to identification are carefully summarised.
( later on the animal's footprint is given and their height off the ground compared to a shadow adult man )
There is a distribution map of the animals current range, a number of maps note the historic range in a different colour.
These are usually shown in the photos.
However some entries also get line diagrams of horns at various ages. Examples include
Black Wildebeest horns at 6, 12,24, 36 and 48 months.
The Greater Kudu, whose horns have a beautiful spiral are possibly the most beautiful. In the mature bull there is a "double "spiral These changes are shown from 9 months to that of a mature Bull in its prime in some 6 stages that take well over30 months plus
Horn structure that change with time are shown for some other antelope. I found these diagrams interesting.
The photos are excellent.Where a number of books have one , there are often several.
Where there is a difference between male and female this is often shown.
Shots of mother's with young are fairly frequent.. Some antelope hide their young for a period after their birth. In the section on Puku , there is a good photo of a Puku lamb curled up hidden in longish grass.
Important points of identification are captured in the shots, in some cases to make sure you got the point, a clear detail shot or inset is included-- the black stripe on the Impala's buttock area., or the black blaze on the face of the Black faced Impala.-- I could pick more difficult examples , but this is just to make a point about their attention to detail and keenness for you to grasp the details better. ( I am currently struggling to get clear in my mind various antelope,bucks and bocks etc and I have found both their descriptions and pictures very helpful.)
The photos are of a good size. They upscale well on the IPad
The descriptions give details on animal identification,distribution, habitat, behaviour, food, social features, reproduction, longevity etc.
These descriptions are fairly full and certainly informative.
There is a very useful A--Z common animal name linked access at the front of the book.
If you want Zebra, push Zebra.
If you want Hyraxes push Hyraxes and so on.
The Stuart's have continued to improve their excellent guide.
It now includes Angola, Zambia and Malawi. New species from these areas are included in the book.-- sorry I am still tracking them down.
What makes the book for me-- the plentiful and excellent photos often showing male / female shots and some female shots may have the female with their offspring. Helpful shot of points of identification are often included.
Almost as good is their text which covers many matters you want to know about as you get to know the animals better.
All in all , this is an excellent book .
It works well on my IPad Kindle Reader.
It is excellent value for money
The 2015 version has all the features the Stuart's are well known for. It is fuller.
The pictures are excellent and at least to me there seems to be more if them-- hard to say how much more but enough to really please me.
"Stuart's Feild guide to
Mammals of Southern Africa including Angola, Zambia and Malawi "
Authors as above.
It is well worth considering.
I have reviewed it.
I bought the Kindle version of this book.
I am viewing it on an IPad with a Retinal Screen.
The Mammals are grouped by Families-- the zoological Name is Given but examples of the Common Name are Given.
This gives quick ascess to the information
The text is fairly full. It covers identification, and details about the animal, whether they live in groups etc etc
There is a location map for where each animal is found
Often the animal is shown next to a full grown human to give you an idea of how high it stands of the ground.
Footprints are given where available with a scale in mm
Horn development by age are shown for Wildebeest and some Antelope
The photos are excellent.
Some species only get one one , others more
There is cross referencing in the text which takes you to the referenced spot.
I have learned a lot from looking through the book-- at present I am trying to get the various Antelope and related species into my head , so that I can identify them, and fit the right information to each group
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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Die gezeigten Arten beinhalten die, die man im südlichen Afrika wohl am Häufigsten zus ehen bekommt; einige seltenere (Unter-)arten fehlen, ist aber verschmerzbar.
Insgesamt erinnert das Buch stark an die illustrierte Enzyklopädie der Säugetiere des südlichen Afrika" von Hes und Mills.
Auf jeden Fall die bessere Alternative zu Reiseführern, in denen neben Reisetipps nur ein geringer Bruchteil der Fauna des südlichen Afrika abgehandelt wird.
C'est un guide parfait (pour les anglophones bien évidemment), clair, précis mais sans digressions indigestes.
Il est arrivé dans l'état promis, pas très rapidement par contre ... j'aurais cru qu'il arriverait plus vite. C'est vrai qu'avec Amazon on est habitué à recevoir par retour du courrier. Là, le bouquin venait de loin ! Néanmoins il est arrivé dans la fourchette prévue.
Die Lieferung dauerte jedoch fast vier Wochen und dann war der Artikel auch noch beschädigt. Es kam also gerade noch rechtzeitig vor dem Urlaub, kann aber nicht mehr ausgetauscht werden, da dies wohl nochmal mehrere Wochen dauern würde. Und nach meiner Reise brauchen ich ihn wohl nicht mehr.