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Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Java, Sumatra, Bali, Borneo & The Philippines (Naturalists' Guides) [Paperback]

Chris R. Shepherd , Loretta Ann Shepherd
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27 Dec 2012 Naturalists' Guides (Book 7)
High quality photographs from some of the area's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat, as well as interesting snippets of information about the mammals. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the mammals of South-East Asia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, IUCN status as at 2011.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd (27 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906780714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906780715
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris R. Shephera and Loretta Ann Shepherd are a husband-and-wife team based in Malaysia, working on wildlife conservation issues throughout South- East Asia. Both strongly believe that an increased appreciation for wildlife is the key to conservation success.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, good layout, stunning photos 15 Nov 2012
Though there are many photo guides to mammals in Asia, this one is noticeably better than all the others for several reasons.

1, Photos are large, well-chosen and generally of a high-quality, including some stunning images. Obviously, as several mammals (particularly in south-east Asia) are either nocturnal, rare of very, very shy due to hunting pressures, some pictures are from captivity, but the authors should be applauded for sourcing predominantly wild photos, and getting some captive shots looking wild!

2, Text is short, simple but precise, as the authors are very experienced in this region the texts reads as knowledgeable and informative. Identification is kept simple, for novices through to seasoned mammal-watchers.

3, Layout is nice, simple and attractive. A minor criticism is that a couple of photos are oddly positioned and small (Moon Rat is an obvious example), but on the whole, fantastic.

Given the modest price I would highly recommend this to anyone with any interest in wildlife, particularly as it is pocket-sized and easy to carry around.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for some - not for me 6 Sep 2013
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There is nothing wrong with this book - but it will not suit my purposes as it only covers a small selection of the mammals of the region. As I'm going to a specific couple of areas, I ought to have invested in a more comprehensive field guide that would show me everything I'm likely to see there. My fault, I was probably trying to save money ... I'll learn next time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some amazing creatures in here 6 July 2014
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Some amazing creatures in here. Minimal facts, but just what you need if you are thinking of doing some traveling over there I'd say!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to have 11 Mar 2013
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Excellent write up and beautiful sharp pictures, a must have for anyone into Mammals of South-East Asia. Great for own use or as gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars query... 22 Nov 2012
By Loretta Ann Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
This book hasn't been launched yet... how come it says out of print?

And by the way - typo in author's name - Shepherd not Shephera!
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Compact Guide to Southeast Asian Mammals 29 Mar 2014
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NB: Publication date of this book is 2012--not 2014 as Amazon listing currently states.

THE GOOD: Packs a lot of information into a compact, lightweight package that a traveler would not think twice about taking overseas. Includes most of the primates and larger mammals about which a traveler would be interested and/or be likely to see, and a representative selection of smaller mammals. Text is well-written and interesting, at least by field guide standards, with brief introductions to each family, and frequent tidbits of fascinating information, e.g. that Lorises are the only venomous primates. Photographs are mostly high-quality. Individual species accounts describe the global range of the species--rather than just the range within the covered area; description of identification features; habits and habitat; a Notes section containing miscellaneous info about the species--such as conservation status or particularly good areas to view the species; and size measurements. At the end of the book there is a useful checklist of all the mammal species occurring in the area, including an indication of the countries in which they occur and their current IUCN conservation status. This allows you to see what species are not included in the book.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: There is only limited coverage of some groups that are fairly readily seen. Only two treeshrews, twelve squirrels, one Flying Fox, and no rabbits or hares are covered. Species not covered include Gray-bellied Squirrel (readily seen in Malaysia and Thailand), Three-striped Ground Squirrel, and Burmese Hare. There is no information regarding identification of tracks or scat. There is no weight information - only size. A few of the photos are only head shots (e.g. Smooth Otter), which are obviously less than ideal for identification purposes. A few others (e.g. binturong, takin) show a partially obscured animal or an animal at a poor angle, so you will need to Google to see a photo of what the animal really looks like. There is no indication of where a photo was taken, which would be useful so the reader can consider the possibility of regional variation. Text is on the small side but readable. There are no range maps.

COMPARED TO ALTERNATIVES: I have not seen these in hand, but based on website descriptions, Charles Francis' authoritative "A Field Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia" (2008) is comprehensive, but more expensive and considerably heavier. It includes accounts for hundreds of species of bats and rodents that only a dedicated mammal-watcher would be likely to encounter. It also has a narrower geographic scope, being limited to mainland Southeast Asia and excluding coverage of Borneo, Indonesia, and the Philippines. (Though it should be noted that the Shepherds' guide does not cover Indonesia east of Bali). Francis also authored a similar compact guide: "A Photographic Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia" (2001). It covers more species (192 versus 129 for the Shepherds' guide), but in fewer pages (121 versus 176 for the Shepherds' guide). It is currently listed as temporarily out of stock on Amazon, and prices for used copies are exorbitant.
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