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Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide (Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar Wildlife) [Paperback]

Derek Schuurman , Hilary Bradt , Nick Garbutt
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3 Feb 2003 Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar Wildlife
Illustrated with full colour photographs throughout, this guide to Madagascar is a celebration of the unique fauna of a remarkable island. It includes the most important parks and reserves, plus features on evolution, camouflage, conservation, wildlife watching and photography.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 2 edition (3 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841620297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841620299
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 973,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'Informative and reader friendly' African Wildlife"

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Not just fluffy lemurs!
Compiling this book was pure pleasure! To take the most exciting feature of my favourite country, select the finest photos available, and have Madophiles of the calibre of Nick Garbutt and Derek Schuurman as my co-authors hardly felt like work. We set out to bring the wildlife of Madagascar to the attention of the growing number of visitors to that island in a form that was both entertaining and informative. It was not just fluffy lemurs we wanted to describe - I can well remember delaying publication until I'd returned to the rainforest to get a photograph of a hitherto unavailable subject: a leech happily feeding on Bradt blood! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but Basic Overview 1 Jun 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is certainly very pretty, with excellent photographs.
It is also thin and light-weight, and does cover a little bit of everything: habitats, recommended sites to visit, mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
As such, it is an inspiring read, and probably the best single-volume book to carry for those who only have a superficial interest in Madagadcar's unique wildlife.

However, for more serious naturalists the information it offers is far too limited. Even mammals, the best detailed group, are only discussed down to genus level, neither mentioning nor illustrating all or even most species. Birds receive a token coverage of 10 pages, and reptiles fare little better.
Even the descriptions of nature reserves can be found in the more recent, excellent and complete field guides to the "Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide" which actually tells you where to spot every single species separately, and the similarly brilliant "Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands" which not only covers all the birds of Madagascar, but those of neighbouring islands too, along with recommended birdwatching sites. Fans of herpetofauna should try and get hold of "A Field Guide to the Amphibians & Reptiles of Madagascar".
If you buy any of the above field guides, you will find this book a waste of money - I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Know where to go 5 May 2011
By adopter
Format:Paperback
Booked my holiday before buying the guide. Silly thing to do! However, luckily the travel company provided good advice. Would have made some adjustments though had I had the guide first. It will serve me in good stead when I book my second holiday as I am intrigued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar Wildlife 11 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Very well written review giving all the essential details for anyone visiting Madagascar. Excellent photographs
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 4 Oct 2009
By Jane
Format:Paperback
Beautifully produced and illustrated with Nick's wonderful photos and drawings, and his authoritative text, yet portable and a great travelling companion
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5.0 out of 5 stars expert review 7 Aug 2008
By Jane
Format:Paperback
A slim portable volume packed with expert information, richly illustrated with Nick's wonderful photographs and drawings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another useful traveller's book! 18 Jan 2014
By NicolaT
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Bought for our neighbours 16 year old son who is off to Madagascar in a few months time, he seemed pleased with it!
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This guide was in use by our Madagascan guide on a recent trip to the island and we have now bought our own copy to help put names to all our photos. No book can contain everything but this one makes a good stab at it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar Wildlife 15 Nov 2013
By Tony
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I found this to be very useful while I was in Madagascar and a great help in identification. Recommended for any potential visitor to this unique island.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Use in Madagascar
With such a wide variety of wild life on the island it was of limited value. Thankfully I had excellent guides in the national parks
Published 16 months ago by David Sagar
4.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar Wildlife
A good all round book covering a wide range of animal species in Madagascar.The book is light weight making it ideal to take out in the field.Good value for money.
Published 19 months ago by RAW
4.0 out of 5 stars Field guide for Madgascar wildlife
Selected as likely to enhance our upcoming visit to the Island the volume itself seems very well structured and includes some valuable background o phrases and descriptions... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Pensioner John
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
Really nice glossy colour photos but the written detail is not very informative and the number of species listed is not very extensive. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by Hannah Rose
2.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar Wildlife
We were quite disappointed with this. The photos are wonderful, but the range of wildlife is really very small, especially in the bird section. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Wells Weaver
3.0 out of 5 stars To be improved
I have read the best reviews about the book, probably just considering its beautiful pictures and most of the texts, but I am more inclined to think that they are due to the lack... Read more
Published on 22 July 2011 by Eduardo Romero Treuiller
4.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar 'Wildlife
Useful overall guide to main animal and plant species, both as introduciton and reminder of what seen. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by Liz
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