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The Big Cat Diary: Year in the Masai Mara Hardcover – 19 Sep 1996


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (19 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563387521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563387527
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Big Cat Diary Lion:

'This book offers great insight into lions' lives: their everyday behaviour, their social organisation and their development from cub to adult' Geographical

'The king of beasts inspires a multitude of emotions…this book captures their magic and the day-to-day reality of their lives' Traveller Magazine

Praise for Big Cat Diary Leopard:

'everything you'll ever need to know about the top of the spots' BBC Wildlife

Praise for Big Cat Diary: Cheetah

'Beautifully illustrated with the Scotts' superb photography … a detailed and insightful introduction to these slinky speed machines … the Scotts' anecdotes and reflections give the book a warmth and personality missing from so many of its ilk.' Geographical, Jan 2005

'Unmissable' Wanderlust, Feb 05

'The ultimate armchair-safari insight into one of the fastest creatures on the planet.' ABTA Travelspirit, Feb 05

'Wildlife book of the month' BBC Wildlife

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Perhaps the most beautiful and adaptable of all predators, leopards are also the most numerous of the world’s big cats. Through the lives of the famous Big Cat Diary leopards, Half-Tail and Shadow, we gain a greater insight into the lives and behviour of these enigmatic creatures. Big Cat Diary: Leopard looks at all aspects of leopard biology, highlights the plight of big cats in general and examines ways in which we can help to conserve them, ensuring they maintain viable breeding populations, have sufficient space to hunt and enough natural prey to survive.

The second in the series of three books accompanying the major BBC television series, Big Cat Diary: Leopard features the leopards of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Going beyond the day-to-day footabe, it explores the bigger picture of how leopards survive outside the 1,510 sq. km (60 sp. mile) Reserve.

Jonathan and Angie Scott examine the findings of scientists working elsewhere in Africa such as in the neighbouring Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Kalahari desert in Namibia and South Africa’s parks and reserves. Leopards are still found in many coutnries outside Africa, and the authors take the reader on a journey of exploration to discover how leopards are faring in places as far afield as Oman, Sri Lanka, India, and along the snow-clad border separating Russian and China.

The first Big Cat Diary was filmed in 1996, and every two years since the authors have returned to watch the progress of the Mara’s big cat families. Jonathan Scott has written about the Mara leopards for nearly 30 years, and freely admits that they are his favourite animal. Packed with breath-taking photography and first-hand accounts of the leopards featured in the TV series, this companion book is a must-have for all Big Cat fans.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "frankacarey" on 16 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book in advance of going on safari in the Maasai Mara. It is ideal vehicle for giving a feel for what it is really like there, better in that way than some of the more practical guides to wildlife viewing (though not one to bring with you in your pocket!)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Big Cat Diary is great reading material to learn about the lives of lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Plus, interesting information can be found about the prey of these big cats. The authors have named the animals, making it feel like you can acutally get a sense of friendship with individual cats. Plus, the book has many beautiful pictures of the Cats. I definately recommend this to anyone who has a fascination with wild cats.
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By southlincs on 8 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was hard to find and I had to wait for a decently priced one to come up second-hand. It was definately worth the wait though. Seller was great and book was as expected. Has wonderful photos throughout but is no coffee-table flick-through. It is a serious piece of writing with lots of scientific detail but presented in Jonathan Scott's easy style that makes it eminently readable by all. Learnt plenty. It has a good deal of background info on the other big cats too that puts the leopard info in context. A must for leopard fans and anyone who loves Big Cat Diary.
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By Susan Bailey on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great story and wonderful photographs I would recommend it to anyone who likes cats or wild life. if you are not interested then buy it for your children, either your own or friends.
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