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Larger Mammals of Africa (Collins Field Guide) (Collins Pocket Guide) [Hardcover]

Jean Dorst , Pierre Dandelot
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11 Nov 1993 Collins Pocket Guide
Provides descriptions of the characteristics, habits, distribution, and migration patterns of African mammals.

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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 2nd edition edition (11 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002192942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002192941
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• This guide is a practical companion designed to enable anyone to identify African mammals in the wild.
• Every species is described (except bats and the very smallest mammals) with details of colour, form, markings, habitat, behaviour feeding, breeding, calls, social habits, migration and enemies.
• Distribution maps are provided for all species.
• All mammals are beautifully and accurately illustrated, each with its own explanatory notes.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book to take on Safari 26 July 2001
By A Customer
We have owned this book for some years and it always travels with us on Safari in Kenya. The use of beautifully drawn animals, linked with written information is very helpful. Where identification is more difficult, like 'is it Impala or Grant's Gazelle ?', more information such as drawing of horns are used.
My only problem is flicking backwards and forwards from drawing to description.
I can thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best field identification book 13 Mar 2003
By Eric P
I have found this book to be an ideal reference, not only on safari, but also when sorting out the photos afterwards. The combination of clear concise description and beautifully illustrated plates make the individual types of animal (eg the different varieties of giraffe and zebra) easy to separate.
If you are going on safari, this book is an absolute must.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good guide to the animals 18 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on
This handy little volume is one of three things you should definitely have knocking around loose inside your Land Cruiser on safari. The other two, of course, are the well-stocked drink cooler and Lady Jane. Yes, gin-and-tonic DOES help with malaria, and has far fewer side effects than Larium. In any case, the book is organized in a reasonable way, by families, so that the cats are together in the same section of text and not, for example, strewn about amid elephants and impalas. Thus animals are fairly easy to find even without recourse to the (adequate) index, which lists the page on which descriptive text appears as well as the page on which the animal is illustrated. The illustrations are nicely rendered watercolors that are perhaps less vivid than high-quality photographs might be, but at least show idealized animals that lack any confusing idiosyncracies sometimes seen of individual photographed animals. Certain features of the book are clearly out of date, such as the names of the more recent African countries; Lady Jane was befuddled by a country named Rhodesia occupying the territory of Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, she has been imbibing (in an absolutely out-of-character manner) an American abomination called kamikazes, so she is a trifle under the weather. Another difficulty is that animals that presently are desperately endangered, such as the bongo, were not described as such back in the '70s when most of the text was evidently written. But the written descriptions of the animals are excellent, and most handy in the field, especially when you can find both the text description and the illustration, putting fingers in the book to mark the place of each, and then looking back and forth from text to picture to animal and back again, etc. It is a lot easier than it sounds, even when the Land Cruiser is in one of its bouncier modes. Or ditto Lady Jane
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've used it for years 30 Jun 2008
By Ron Braithwaite - Published on
In my opinion, this is simply the best field guide there is for African mammals. I've travelled Africa, primarily South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Zambia, many times and have found this field guide invaluable. The paintings are excellent as are the distribution maps and text. The organization is flawless and, not only that, the technical quality of the binding must be excellent because I've been using this book twenty-five years and more.

Ron Braithwaite author of novels--"Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God"--on the Conquest of Mexico
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