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Pocket Guide to Mammals of East Africa [Paperback]

Chris Stuart , Mathilde Stuart
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25 Mar 2009 Pocket Guide
East Africa comprises a varied range of habitats, which provide living space for more than 360 diverse species of mammal. These range in size from the elephant to the tiniest bats, shrews and mice. This compact guide covers all of the common and some of the less common mammal species of the region. For each species it offers: key identification features; behaviour, diet, breeding biology, occurrence and size; clear, full-colour photographs; track illustrations; silhouettes to indicate size relative to human figure; and, distribution map. There is a section on droppings/dung of many of the animals that concludes the book. Compact and easy-to-use, this is the ideal companion both for regulars and visitors to the region.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Struik (C.) Pty.Ltd,South Africa; Poc edition (25 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770077065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770077065
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris & Mathilde Stuart are founders of the African Carnivore Research Programme and the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre. They are well known authors of numerous books including Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa, Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa and Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to take on holiday. 5 Oct 2013
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I recently went on holiday to Tsavo Eastand found this book to be invaluable. Very comprehensive descriptions of the animals and good photos. There are even sections on footprints and dung!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pocket Guide 3 Feb 2014
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Bought for my adult daughter ready for our Tanzania safari. Impressed with it. Colourful, informative and compact. Will be nice to consult after the game drive with a nice cold beer in our hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy 24 Mar 2013
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Bought this for safari in Kenya in Feb
brilliant value for money
nice and compact ,
everything you need for more extra information about the animals you see,
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good field guide 15 Feb 2013
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this was much better when on safari in Tanzania than the bigger ones. The pictures of animal dung were also very entertaining!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done, but inadequate 7 Feb 2013
By pdxreviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Even if you think you'll only be interested in mammals when you're on safari, you'll probably change your mind once you begin your safari. East Africa is home to many amazing reptiles, birds, and insects and you'll likely want to learn something about those animals too. For example, on our first day in Tanzania we saw a leopard tortise and an ostrich.

We just got back from a six-day safari in Tazania. I purchased this pocket guide, "Wildlife of East Africa" by Withers and Hosking, and "National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife" by Alden. Wildlife of East Africa was my "go to" book while I was on safari and when I couldn't find something in there or wanted more details I looked at the Audobon Society book. The pocket guide to mammals got very little use.

I will say that if you are really interested in learning as much as you can about mammals, the guide is very well put together with lots of information. I found the inclusion of the Swahili name for each mammal to be the most useful information in the book that wasn't included in the other two books. But, I found Wildlife of East Africa to be ample on mammals and cover other types of animals pretty well too, so if I were going again I'd only get that book or I'd get that book and supplement it with the Audubon Society book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you could want in a mammal guide 25 Aug 2012
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I purchased this guide after my disappointment with the mammal section of the book Wildlife of East Africa (Withers and Hoskings.) This one is far superior. Its truly pocketable, with everything I would want in a mammal guide. Very well organized, one page per animal, with very good range maps (even showing overlapping ranges for subspecies in some cases.) Habitat, behavior, voice, size, tracks are all included; and there's even a list of which parks and areas each animal is most likely to be found. Swahili, French, and German names along with the English. There's even a whole section...with photos! of dung, as well as a few pages comparing tracks of similar species. Includes many of the smaller mammals like various rodents and bats. Very pleased with this little guide. Can't wait to bring it to Tanzania!
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 4 Nov 2013
By TC Pang - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to read, and easy to find the animal kinds. Also there are different information for you to know more about that animal
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Pocket-sized Guide 2 Feb 2013
By M. Paul Holsinger - Published on Amazon.com
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A year ago, I wrote a short review of Princeton University's "Wildlife of East Africa" and gave it glowing praise. Others had done so as well. Only one reviewer disagreed, rather strongly. He thought there were many problems with that particular volume and he recommended Chris Stuart's "Pocket Guide" as definitely a better choice. I recently ordered a copy of Stuart's book and though I have in no way changed my mind the first text is well worth buying and using, there is no question that this, too, is a superb small volume. Though it is concerned only with mammals and, unlike WOEA ignores the birds or reptiles of the region, what it does do, is excellent. Each species gets a separate page of very well-detailed discussion along with a generally fine photo of the animal. There are accurate measurements, copies of their tracks, and very neat, individualized locator maps for each mammal as well. Indeed, for anyone who cares about such things, there is even, in the back of this small volume, specific pictures of the various animals' dung as well as a side-by-side chart of their several tracks for comparative purposes. Because this little volume -- and it is "little" -- is so small, it can easily fit into a large coat or short pocket and, as such, it is a great buy for anyone who wants a book to help with identifying the many animals that will be seen on any trip into the back country of Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda yet does not want to carry any of the many extremely large volumes about East African animals that are readily available. Highly recommended.
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