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The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals (Princeton Pocket Guides) [Paperback]

Jonathan Kingdon

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30 Jan 2005 Princeton Pocket Guides

This is an essential guide for anyone with an interest in wildlife who visits Africa--from the tourist on safari to the more experienced naturalist. Compact and beautifully illustrated, it is ideal for use in the field, while its coverage is the most comprehensive for any book of its size.

  • First pocket guide to cover every species of terrestrial African mammal
  • Adapted from the highly acclaimed Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
  • Fully illustrated with the author's superb color artwork
  • Easy-to-read distribution maps
  • Concise text and clear layout for quick, easy reference
  • Practical format makes it ideal for use in the field

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"Jonathan Kingdon loves biology and art. This felicitous combo delivers a delightful book. . . . His knowledge is impressive, and his drawings and paintings wonderful, full of information and character. . . . A great guide, from leaf-plucking gelada to long-eared hedgehog. Take it to any African country."--Maggie McDonald, New Scientist

"Anyone with an interest in Africa and the animals that roam through the various ecosystems, from lowland rainforests, savannahs, grasslands, to deserts and shrublands, should invest in a copy of noted African mammal expert Jonathan Kingdon's pocket guide of African mammals. . . . [T]he book [is] perfect for serious fieldwork and the vacation traveler."--Biology Digest

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Jonathan Kingdon is one of the world's foremost authorities on the mammals of Africa, and also a highly acclaimed artist. "American Scientist" listed Kingdon's "East African Mammals: An Atlas of Evolution in Africa" as "one of a hundred books that shaped science in the twentieth century." This pocket guide has been adapted from his classic "Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals".

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Guide for Field Use in Africa! 5 Aug 2006
By Laszlo Wagner - Published on
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This compact little guide is a condensed version of The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals by the same author. That book is easily the best overview of African mammals, with detailed info on each species/genus, but it is not really practical for use as a field guide (see my review of it).

This book contains the same illustrations arranged in a format that makes them handier for actual identification in the field.
It is very comprehensive, covering every single species of African mammals with the exception of bats, rodents, insectivores, elephant-shrews and hyrraxes, which are usually represented by one species for each genus. But every single genus is represented, and of rodents, every species of squirrel is dealt with separately.
Maps and brief info on distribution and ecology of each taxon is now to be found on the pages facing the illustrutions.
The latter are a mixed bag, as in the original work: while most are quite good, even excellent and life-like, others are quite awful, either showing animals with stiff, straight limbs/bodies as if drawn with a ruler (like the Crowned Monkey) or in highly unnatural positions (like the Potto with the limbs twisted out, or the Cheetah standing up like a circus horse).

All things considered, this is easily the best field guide to mammals of Africa, though for more in-depth information on each taxon, you may still want to have the original book in addition to this one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help! 4 Nov 2009
By G. Walters - Published on
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I wish I had purchased this book before I went to Africa. I would have been much better prepared for seeing the animals. I bought it to help me put captions with my pictures, and find my notes do not have accurate information. Either I did not understand my guide very well, or he did not know the information this book contains.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Nov 2007
By C. Colberg - Published on
This guide was an excellent reference on Safari, small size and well organized format made The Kingdon Pocket Guide to Africa easy to use in the field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Guide to African Animals 29 Jun 2011
By T. Stovall - Published on
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Although I did not have this handbook for my trip to Africa, it serves me well to identify animals in pictures taken on the trip. It is a small size ideal for carrying into the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed for our upcoming safari 31 Aug 2009
By T. Buschar - Published on
This book is exactly what we wanted to take with us on our upcoming safari. The book is the perfect size to carry around and covers the basics. The book is well organized and is ideal to make a quick ID in the field. We really like this layout, much better than the other well know "field guide" which is bigger, heavier, and in our opinion, poorly formatted. If you want to know every single detail about a specific animal this is not the right book; and be aware, it does not cover reptiles or birds. We are very pleased with our purchase and performed perfectly, we got the best price and the goods arrived within days of ordering.
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