A field guide to the mammals of South-East Asia Hardcover
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Although billed as a field guide, this hardback is rather bigger than some other field guides I’ve used elsewhere in the world, so much so that when I recently took it to Malaysia it was left in the hotel room rather than being lugged around forest trails with my other paraphernalia (binoculars, camera, bird book and water). It seems fair to comment that, with a bit of thought, the book could have been significantly reduced in size; it would then have been handier in the field though perhaps less attractive to look at.
I am a birdwatcher who takes an interest in other aspects of natural history, rather than a mammal expert. This book was severely criticised in a review in the journal Birding ASIA (number 11, pp 115–116), but despite those criticisms I found it useful and it certainly helped me with a number of mammals which would otherwise have eluded identification at the time.
The book is certainly worth owning if you have an interest in the natural history of south-east Asia, and is to my knowledge the best available at present (early 2015); at the current Amazon price it is also good value.
Overall, an important contribution to environmental awareness and conservation in general, and an essential purchase for naturalists visiting the region.
Flora & Fauna Field Tours
The plates are nice and the info is comprehensive.