Based on Reay Smithers' original work Land Mammals of Southern Africa, this revised and expanded field guide to Southern African mammals is intended for the general reader as well as the wildlife enthusiast.
This popular and authoritative field guide to the mammals of southern Africa has been fully revised and updated to include the latest research, while remaining accessible and compact for use in the field. Detailed accounts of over 220 land and nine marine mammal species are discussed in depth, with full species descriptions detailing physical characteristics, habitat, diet, life history, behaviour, field signs and conservation status. Beautiful, accurate illustrations depict each species, and there are up-to-date distribution maps, spoor patterns, symbols showing conservation status, time of activity, and whether the animal occurs only in the subregion. As an extra aid to identification, line drawings show the relative sizes of similar mammals, drawn to a common scale. Smithers’ numbers make for easy cross-referencing to the first and third editions of Mammals of the Southern African Subregion. Written in non-technical language and with a fresh design, this field guide classic will appeal to general readers, wildlife enthusiasts and professional guides, as well as to students and specialists in the field.
Southern African mammals made simple enables users to distinguish between commonly confused mammals by applying the breakthrough methodology that made Southern African LBJs made simple so hugely popular. The simple three-step system allows for quick and certain identification of mammals in the field. For each species featured, the book gives: • range maps • full-colour illustrations and photographs • key identification pointers, and • concise text describing height, weight, habits and habitat. Distinctive and iconic animals are included, but the particular value of this book lies in making separation of the more challenging species possible, such as antelope, mongooses, genets, primates and many more. It will appeal to both local and foreign visitors to our game parks.
Mammals of Africa (MoA) is a series of six volumes which describes, in detail, every currently recognized species of African land mammal. This is the first time that such extensive coverage has ever been attempted, and the volumes incorporate the very latest information and detailed discussion of the morphology, distribution, biology and evolution (including reference to fossil and molecular data) of Africa's mammals. With 1,160 species and 16 orders, Africa has the greatest diversity and abundance of mammals in the world. The reasons for this and the mechanisms behind their evolution are given special attention in the series. Each volume follows the same format, with detailed profiles of every species and higher taxa. The series includes some 660 colour illustrations by Jonathan Kingdon and his many drawings highlight details of morphology and behaviour of the species concerned. Diagrams, schematic details and line drawings of skulls and jaws are by Jonathan Kingdon and Meredith Happold. Every species also includes a detailed distribution map. Extensive references alert readers to more detailed information. Volume I: Introductory Chapters and Afrotheria (352 pages) Volume II: Primates (560 pages) Volume III: Rodents, Hares and Rabbits (784 pages) Volume IV: Hedgehogs, Shrews and Bats (800 pages) Volume V: Carnivores, Pangolins, Equids and Rhinoceroses (560 pages) Volume VI: Pigs, Hippopotamuses, Chevrotain, Giraffes, Deer and Bovids (704 pages)
Field Guide to the Behaviour of Southern African Mammals
Author: Peter Apps
Publisher: Random House Struik
Southern Africa has a rich mammal fauna. Identifying mammals is part of the fun understanding their behavior is just as fascinating. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Peter Apps describes and interprets the behavior of all the significant mammals from aardvarks to tsessebe."
Did you know that most wild cat species are small and that lions, tigers, and other large cats are the exception? That adult bobcats, clouded leopards, and other small wild cats are completely asocial? And that they fight only as a last resort? This entertaining and informative book reveals these and hundreds of other facts about the behavior, biology, and conservation of the more than 30 small wild cat species. From bobcats to servals, small cats are spread across the globe. They range in size from the rusty-spotted cat and African black-footed cat, each of which weighs around 5 pounds when fully grown, to the Eurasian lynx, which can reach an adult weight of 60 pounds. These felids are elusive, some are nocturnal, others are arboreal, and all are rare and secretive, making them especially difficult to study. James G. Sanderson, the world’s leading field expert on small wild cats, and naturalist and wildlife artist Patrick Watson provide informative and entertaining answers to common and unexpected questions about these animals. The authors explain why some small cats live on the ground while others inhabit trees, discuss the form and function of their coat types and colors, offer scientifically sound information on human–small wild cat interactions, and even review the role that small wild cats have played in literature, religion, and mythology. The world of cats is as fascinating as it is diverse. Small Wild Cats: The Animal Answer Guide shows just how important and interesting the littlest of the nondomesticated feline family are.
First published in 1993, this is a new revised and substantially expanded edition of a highly acclaimed reference resource that evaluates the leading sources of information (other than bibliographies) on Africa South of the Sahara.
Guide to Biology, Identification, and Conservation
Author: Peter John Taylor
Publisher: University of Kwazulu Natal Press
Public appreciation of the ecological value and remarkable biological adaptations of bats is rapidly changing. Bat-watching is one of the world's fastest growing specialist wildlife interests, and bat conservation groups have sprung up all over the world. This book was written to raise public awareness of bats in southern Africa, and to dispel some popular myths about them. It provides the prospective bat-watcher with both an authoritative species identification guide and a practical handbook. Bats of Southern Africa contains species accounts for all the region's 74 species of bats, with descriptions and diagnostic features as well as information on habitat, social and roosting habits, diet, reproduction, echolocation call, distribution and conservation status. Superb photographs by world bat expert Dr. Merlin D. Tuttle and illustrations by Christeen Grant are supplemented by distribution maps and sonograms of ultrasound echolocation.
Only a small proportion of the more than 1,100 entries have been retained from the earlier editions and supplements, 1955 to 1983; more publications reflecting social and economic changes in South Africa have been included; and the annotations are more extensive. The main focus is on references such as dictionaries, yearbooks, and encyclopedias, but handbooks, manuals, and histories are cited if no conventional references exist on the subject. The selection is not limited to books published in South Africa. The arrangement is by broad subject headings following the Dewey Decimal system. The annotations are primarily descriptive, but evaluations creep in now and again. Distributed by Books International. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The new edition of this popular field guide has been fully revised and updated, making it one of the most comprehensive guides to the land mammals of the subregion. This edition includes: * An easy-to-use system to identify the mammals in the book * Detailed species descriptions, including information on the conservation status, size, food, life expectancy, enemies, habits, voice and breeding of more than 120 of the most common land mammals of southern Africa * More than 200 excellent color photographs of the male and female animals * Photographs and illustrations of field signs, such as droppings and spoor, as well as distribution maps * A table illustrating the tracks (spoor) of all the animals featured * Illustrations showing the difference in size between each animal and a human * A brand-new section which includes examples from all the families of smaller mammals, such as shrews, elephant shrews, moles, mole rats, bats, rats and mice. The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa is a must for game watchers, hikers and anyone with a love for nature.