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Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa Paperback – January 1, 2000

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Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 -- all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide. While the term 'African mammals' conjures up the more celebrated species of elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, it is in fact the smaller animals -- shrews, genets, suricates and bats -- that comprise the bulk of the region's mammal species. And, often overlooked but included here too is the diversity of marine mammals -- seals, whales and dolphins -- that are found in our oceans. This new edition of Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa has been extensively revised to include the most recent research in line with new findings and new taxonomy. Up-to-date information, revised distribution maps and new images (where available) have been combined in a modern, full-color layout. Color-coding has been introduced according family groupings and spoor and size icons are included for quick reference with each mammal entry. Another new feature is the inclusion of skulls, grouped at the back of the book for easy comparison. In addition to detailed descriptions of each species, the text offers insight into key identification characters, typical behavior, preferred habitat, food choice and reproduction. IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with an interest in the mammals of the region will find this Stuart guide useful.

Extensively revised since the 3rd ed. (2001), this book by C. Stuart and T. Stuart (founders, African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre) is the definitive photographic guide to the mammals of southern Africa. Standing in contrast to those regional guides that emphasize only Africa’s larger mammals, it covers the rich diversity of small mammals: golden moles, sengis, hedgehogs and shrews, bats, hares and rabbits, and rodents. The introduction considers the major biotic zones, mammal identification, and conservation and management in southern Africa. Following are concise accounts of mammal families and subfamilies, color-coded to facilitate their location within the text. Especially useful are figures depicting the tail, facial conformation, and ear conformation of different bat groups. Identification is based on 470 excellent photographs emphasizing distinguishing features, along with 275 distribution maps. The 350 species accounts cover description, distribution, habitat, behavior, food, and reproduction. More than just a field guide, this concise reference nicely complements the comprehensive The Mammals of the Southern Africa Subregion, rev. by J. D. Skinner and C. T. Chimiimba (3rd ed., CH, Sept’06, 44-0035). Inclusion of the usually overlooked small mammals make this book a valuable addition to mammalian libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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CHRIS and MATHILDE STUART are founders of the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre. They are well-known authors of numerous books including Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa, Pocket Guide: Mammals of East Africa, Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife and Dangerous Creatures of Africa and have also published numerous scientific papers and popular articles on a wide range of topics. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ralph Curtis Publishing (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883590476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883590478
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. T. Taylor on October 17, 2007
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This is truly an excellent book,a joy to look at,packed with lots of information.However it is not really a book suitable to be taken in the field,the authors smaller book mammals of southern,central and eastern africa would be a better book to take into the field.The authors really know the animals and their passion for the subject comes out in their writing.
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This book is nicely organized. The animals are separated into their prospective families. This is especially helpful for the scientific minded reader. While on safari if I see an animal that is most likely a carnivore, I will know exactly where to look it up.
The pictures are very clear and the description focuses on the distinguishing characters of each species. The descriptions are very logical and easy to follow... i.e. the blaze on the nose of this antelope is continuous therefore, it is species A, where the blaze on the nose of the next antelope (which looks just like species A) is not continuous, therefore it is species B.
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I have both is version and the UPDATED version from 2015.
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.
Title
"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
Highly recommended
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As a wildlife photographer, I don't always know every species I capture in my camera. Once home, it's great to have a resource I can tap into to accurately identify the critters I have seen. This is great for helping me to just that.
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Chris Stuart is a well-known author of books on mammals of Africa. This is an excellent book for persons visiting national parks like Kruger in southern Africa and who want to be able to identify the animals they see.
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this is not a narrative with lots of television style nature gee whiz stuff, but it is practical, thorough, and seems to me accurate, with enough interesting detail to keep me coming back to it, to familiarize myself with what I might see on a trip to southern Africa. it is handy to have a field guide in my kindle, no extra weight to take it along.
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I like the information given about the animals. Some behavior information, distribution. Nice having images for size comparisons - very useful. I have found it to be quite comprehensive which is difficult especially with all of the antelopes and small animals.
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An excellent overview of the animals of southern Africa. Each animal had a fantastic descriptive photograph which showed the distinguishing features of the animal. Each mammal identified had a written description outlining specific identification and imformation areas. This was most helpful as it standardised the availability of sought information.

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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