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Southern Africa (Traveller's Wildlife Guides)

Traveller's Wildlife Guide

Published by Interlink Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

From the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa, to Botswana's Okavango Delta, Namibia's Etosha National Park, and Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, ecotravellers want to experience African savannahs, forests, deserts, and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of some of the world's most spectacular wildlife: hornbills and parrots, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles and snakes. This book provides all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Southern Africa's magnificent animal life. - Identifying and location information on the most frequently seen animals. - Up-to-date information on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of the animals. - More than 500 full-color illustrations of Southern Africa's most common amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammal—the species you are most likely to see. - Information about and photos of Southern Africa's major habitat types. - Descriptions and photos of Southern Africa's most frequently visited parks and reserves. Easy-to-carry, entertainingly written, beautifully illustrated—you will want to have this book as constant companion on your journey.

About The Authors

Bill Branch, Curator of Herpetology at the Port Elizabeth Museum and Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – African Reptile and Amphibian Group, is one of the world's top experts on the amphibians and reptiles of Southern Africa. He has written more than 150 scientific articles and four books, including Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Chris and Tilde Stuart, experts on Southern Africa's mammals, founded and operate the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre and are involved with research programs dealing with carnivorous mammals in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They have written nine books, including Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa. Warwick Tarboton, writer and ornithologist, is an expert on the birds of Southern Africa, and is currently President of BirdLife South Africa. He is co-author of the most popular bird field-guide to the region, Birds of Southern Africa. Series Editor: Les Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and university zoology teacher. Prior to taking up writing wildlife guides he conducted many years of field research on the ecology and behavior of birds. He is the author of numerous books, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Southern Mexico and Peru in this series.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Interlink Books (January 1, 2006)
  • Length: 520 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781566566391

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Raves and Reviews

"Moving from the urban to the wild, a new breed of guidebooks focuses on flora and fauna (and not in the way Harold Gatty did). The Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guides grew out of its nature-loving author's frustration that 'I could not locate a single book to take along on a trip that would help me identify all the types of animals that really interested me.' So Beletsky wrote one that did. Combining natural history -lore, habits, best places to spot each creature-with pointers on specific sites and background on the state of conservation in the region today."

"You could empty a forest's worth of trees, what with all the books being printed about Costa Rica. Pity that so few guides so fully focus on the country's ecological treasures as this one does. Here, you won't find a word about the best hotels or who's got the coldest beer. About half of its 426 slick pages are devoted to identification plates, those colorful drawings that, for instance, help you differentiate between the mealy parrott and the red-lored parrot. Joining the multitude of bird species are equally fine drawings of reptiles, monkeys, and wild cats."

"There are so many bad guides on the market trying to do what this book does so simply and so well. ...few are written with the same authority and attention to detail that wildlife biologist and zoology lecturer Les Beletsky has brought to bear in this volume. It could be the best (money) you spend all trip."

"...this convenient field guide-sized book is absolutely packed with information for the visitor. This book provides excellent background and field information " strongly recommended."-

"These are books I would certainly want to read before a visit."

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