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The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates Paperback – 21 Oct 1999


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  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890132446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890132446
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard D. Estes has led wildlife-viewing safaris in Africa for many years, and is one of the world's foremost experts on the social ecology of African mammals. Dr. Estes is an Associate Professor of Mammalogy at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and the chairman of the World Conservation Union's Antelope Specialists' Group. He lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Sophietica on 13 July 2004
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Sewell on 19 Feb 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cicer1 on 27 Feb 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By micou on 15 Aug 2013
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This book is worth its weight for those who safari and want to know more about what they are seeing. All my guides rate it too.
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146 of 146 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book for the safari rookie 6 Dec 2002
By Jack Warner - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a book or two (as luggage weight limits were tight)to enhance my first safari experience to the national parks of Tanzania. I selected this book based on Amazon.com reader feedback. It was a real help during the safari and continues to be used while reviewing video, photos, and books on African wildlife. I also took a good field guide (Audubon)--but these were widely available on the safari 4WD as well as at the lodges. What makes the Estes book unique is it describes the MEANING of the behavior and social groups you see on the game drives. Almost daily we would see sights that struck me as unexpected--like an all male group of 40 impalas, or zebras leading a line of hundreds of wildebeest; I'd look up that species in the Estes book back at camp and he would explain the meaning of the behavior. My safari mates were all very experienced and involved in zoos in the USA. They would often ask to borrow my "Estes" for their use.
In my opinion, if you can only take one book other than your safari journal--take this one. If you can take two, include a good field guide (like Audubon).
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Great for Amateurs 21 Jun 2002
By Kellyannl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most African Mammal guides are designed for people working in that field. Here, we have one specifically designed for the average enthusiast who wants to know a bit more than provided in the also essential Audobon Guide to African Wildlife. Let's face it - while you may get the occasional bird or even reptile enthusiast, it's the mammals that capture the imagination of the average person on the street when it comes to the wildlife of Africa.
You don't have to travel to the Dark Continent to enjoy this one, and - in acknowledgement that people can be interested in wildlife without necessarily being able or willing to go on Safari - it's also designed for use if you're fortunate enough (as I am) to be a regular at a quality zoo or even a regular viewer of "National Geographic" or "Nature".
The book is very easy to use and browse through, explaining habits and noting the best parks and reserves for each animal, as well as the animal's major predators or relationship with other predators. You don't have to look through it long to wish for similar volumes for Asia and North America.
Certainly worthy of being one of the first books on the shelf of anyone who loves African wildlife.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Pack it along with your underwear. 12 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some folks may argue you don't even need underwear on safari, but after nearly a decade of annual (plus) trips to East Africa, this would have to be the single desert island book for a true wildlife fanatic. The perfect combination between scholarly and readable. Enjoy!
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Excellent but illustrated 8 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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While I agree with most of the other reviewers comments,I wouldn't agree that it is the only book you need. Descriptions and explanations are exemplary but the book is black/white illustrations with no color and no photographs.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The perfect safari companion 22 Mar 2004
By Dale Beckes - Published on Amazon.com
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Just returned from a safari to Tanzania. This book, along with the Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife, made our experience that much better. The information contained in this book embellishes the wildlife viewing experience, by providing fascinating and in-depth information about the animals seen there. The text is organized very well and crammed full with useful information. Highly recommended reading for before a safari, and especially while there.
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