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The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates [Kindle Edition]

Richard D. Estes , Daniel Otte , Kathryn S. Fuller
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Since its original publication in 1993, The Safari Companion has been the best field guide to observing and understanding the behavior of African mammals. An indispensable tool for naturalists traveling to Africa, this new edition has been revised to acknowledge the enthusiasm to those watching these magnificent animals at zoos and wildlife parks, and on film.

The Safari Companion enables readers to recognize and interpret visible behavioral activities, such as courtship rituals, territorial marking, aggression, and care of young. Each account of over 80 species includes a behavioral table in which the unique actions of the hoofed mammals, carnivores, and primates are described for easy reference. In addition, useful maps show the major national boundaries, vegetation zones, and game parks relevant to the guide. The book includes an extensive glossary, as well as tips on wildlife photography, a list of organizations working to protect African wildlife, and advice on where and when to see the animals.

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"Library Journal"-Anyone who goes on safari will want to make room in his or her suitcase for this treasure. Estes, who is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute as a research associate, spent over eight years doing fieldwork in Africa and over 17 years leading safaris. His admirable qualifications as an expert on the social ecology of African mammals are reflected in the text, which describes approximately 86 species of African mammals. Introductory chapters give practical advice on how to observe animals, including tips on using binoculars and photographic equipment. Other chapters are arranged by standard taxonomic classification. Estes first covers the characteristics of families and subfamilies and then goes into even more detail on the individual species, charting behaviors one can expect to see and the usual context or meaning. Icons illustrating the behaviors effectively take the reader to a description of the behavior being observed. Appended to the text are a brief suggest


A guidebook to the description and behavior of animals in Africa.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 25926 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Revised and expanded edition edition (1 Dec. 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PSG7AE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For people serious about animals 13 July 2004
This book is probably the best resource available for people who are serious about their animal-watching. There is loads of information, from general info about the family to specific stuff about the individual species (mating habits, social habits etc.). There are also helpful (and unintentionally funny) little pictures to explain certain points.
If you are going on safari for the first time I wouldn't recommend this book. If however you enjoy sitting and watching a group of animals this book is perfect. The only negative point is that there are no colour pictures/photos, only black and white drawings.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the field 19 Feb. 2008
Like another reviewer, I first came across this book whilst on safari. This is the book that the guides use. Not all guides, only the best ones in my experience of 9 safaris. Having said that, this is not a book aimed at somebody who wants to simply know what animal they are looking at. There are lots of field guides that do that far better, and have colour illustrations as well.
This is a book for those who have already got past the identification stage and are interested in understanding the behaviour of the animals they are watching. If that is what you want to do, this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insights on animal behaviour 27 Feb. 2012
By Cicer1
I brought this book together with the Field Guide to African Wildlife (National Audubon Society) on a Kenya and Tanzania 2-week safari, and they complement each other perfectly: the Audubon for its fantastic pictures and detailed classification, this one for the in-depth discussion on animal behaviour. Definitely recommended if you're spending more than a couple of days in the African great plains, as understanding what the animals are thinking and doing and why they are doing it, is what makes the safari interesting!
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