- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa; Fourth Edition edition (December 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770079130
- ISBN-13: 978-1770079137
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Smither’s Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide Paperback – December 1, 2012
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About the Author
Dr. PETER APPS studied animal behavior at Oxford University before moving to South Africa in 1979. With a background that combines zoology and analytical chemistry, he has worked on species ranging from insects to elephants, and has written several books, including Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa: a Field Guide, and the first edition of Wild Ways. He now lives and works in Botswana for the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust as a Research Partner on the BioBoundary Project.
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I live in New Zealand at the bottom of the World. Postage is expensive so I tend to go for books that are on Kindle.
Check of paperback and hardbacks if postage isn!t a big issue to you.
This is a very good field guide.--amazon's see inside gives you some idea how the book is set out -- the examples shown are of bats-- not my first choice.
I think this book and another are well worth thinking about , especially if you like kindle books.
The other book is "
The Stuart's Guide to
Mammals of Southern Africa, including Angola, Zambia and Malawi "( referred as the Stuart's ) 2015 edition
Smithers edition by P Apps. About 350 pages. Stuart's text about 450 pages
Text much the same as Stuart's-- the Stuart's text is more structured
Both have very helpful text.
Maps of animal distribution much the same
Spoor ( footprints ) much the same
Smither's excellent coloured drawings- only one per animal, but shows the various zebra types.
Stuart's -- very crisp colour photos.
If there is a difference between male and female that is shown , sometimes see female with young
Some detailed photos of important features, usually close up
Facial blaze would be a common example-- does the white strip go up to eye level or above. Is it continuous etc-- I am trying to learn about the many antelope
Both have panels with quick major facts.
both have quick access to information by a link at start of book
I prefer the Stuart's book.
For me I get more photos that often illustrate male and female when you can tell them apart.
Some antelope have one diagrams of horn development by age which I find helpful
The detailed photos help one remember a detail on how to tell similar looking animals. I think the Stuart's apparently to animal height is much easier to follow and is within the text on the animal in question. ( in Smither's it is separated. )
I have both and use both.
I have given a list of some important books you should know about here
"Touring South Africa's National Parks "
It took me a while to find them and I was very pleased with them.
The editor of the Revised Smither's book is Peter App
He has done an excellent book on Animal Behaviour.
It is animal specific
See my review