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Pocket Guide Mammals of Southern Africa (Struik Nature) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Stuart
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Southern Africa is home to a wealth of mammal species, occupying a great diversity of habitats. This easy-to-use, compact book is the perfect pocket identification guide to mammals of the region. It covers - in surprising detail - some 120 mammals, from the smallest (bats, sengis and shrews) to the largest, such as elephant, lion and rhinoceros, as well as marine species, such as seals, dolphins and whales. Authoritative and colourfully illustrated, this guide offers concise information on key ID pointers, similar species, habitat, behaviour, diet, reproduction, longevity, calls, occurrence and measurements. Clear images of each animal, distribution maps, silhouettes indicating size relative to humans and illustrations of tracks and droppings make this a must-have book for tourists and nature-lovers alike.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7346 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Nature; 1 edition (30 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087OSRKQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really handy guide 5 Oct. 2013
By Jan
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I have just come back from a safari where I found this guide really useful. It is fairly slim and light so I could easily carry it on safari drives. It has helpful comparisons of sizes and weights of animals - excellent when trying to distinguish between different antelope. It even has pages of footprint comparisons and, surprisingly useful, dung comparisons!
I would definitely recommend this to anyone going on their first trip to look at south african wildlife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book! 25 Aug. 2013
By Gilly
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Used this book recently on a holiday safari in South Africa/Swaziland. Very useful. Didn't really see anything that wasn't covered in this book and it fitted in my pocket!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great photos for easy recognition 21 Nov. 2013
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I bought this for our recent safari in Botswana. It covered every mammal we saw and makes it easier to identify the many photos we took. I prefer photographs to drawings as I find the quality of some guide book drawing to be so poor you cannot identify things properly. This guide book is small enough to carry around and the photos make it easy to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my trip to africa 5 Dec. 2013
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Many other vet students asked to borrow book while I was in africa doing conservation work. Ideal size packed with many varieties of species. well worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Compact with lots of info, but not perfect 21 Dec. 2013
By J. Moore - Published on
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This book packs an impressive amount of information in a compact and light package. A typical visitor to the region should be able to identify most of what he sees with this book. Inter alia, each species account has a nice size range map, a section on how to differentiate similar species, one or two photos, diagrams showing tracks and the size of the animal compared to a human, habitat, behavior, food, detailed measurements, etc. There is also a useful collection of photos to facilitate dung identification.

There are a few drawbacks, however. Some of these are to be expected in any compact guide, though others could have been easily remedied:

- Most species are represented with a single photograph, though in a few cases there are two photographs, usually when sexes differ, as in antelopes where females usually have no horns. A single photograph can only show one side of an animal and obviously can't show individual variation. In some cases the photographs do not show key features, e.g. photograph of a Dwarf Mongoose does not show its tail even though the text indicates differences in the tail are important to distinguishing it from Slender Mongoose.

- Only two species can be viewed at once; so you have to flip between pages in many cases to compare similar species.

- There's no way to assess the relative sizes of the animals from the photos (though the diagrams at the bottom comparing size to a human do allow you to infer the differences)

- There is no list of species covered in the table of contents; so to find a particular species you either have to flip through the book or check the index.

- There is no discussion of mammal taxonomy, nor an explanation of how the species are ordered in the book. They are simply lumped into various categories such as primates, zebras, rhinoceros, antelope, carnivores, etc.

- The text is fairly dry

- I've noted a few species that a visitor to South Africa might easily encounter that are not included in the guide. These include Red Bush Squirrel, Humpback Whale, Slogget's Vlei (Ice) Rat, and Peters' Epauletted Fruit Bat. (The last is actually mentioned several times in the discussion of Wahlberg's Epauletted Fruit Bat, but there is no discussion of how to distinguish the two, and Peters is not listed in the index even though it is referenced.)

- Easiest way I've found to differentiate African Civet from the similar looking Genets is that the former has a dark facial mask (like a No. Am. raccoon). But this is not mentioned in the text--it just says Genets are smaller with longer tail and shorter legs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise 12 Sept. 2013
By Neil Williams - Published on
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Good size for taking on plane prior to safari.
Great pictures color photos and concise info.
Start perusing it several weeks before your trip.
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