We are all Africans at heart, our ancestors originated from there just 100,000 years ago and Wild Africa
is the natural history of our African Eden, the only continent to have preserved a substantial part of its wildlife, at least until recently. From weird molerats to magnificent mountains and huge crocodiles with a taste for wildebeest, Wild Africa
is a superbly illustrated celebration of the continent's natural history and accompanies a BBC TV series of the same name. Each of Africa's major environments is treated and authored separately by the expert team of writers, all of whom work with the BBC's world famous Natural History Unit. From the immensely long coastline with its variety from coral reefs to deltas and rocky shores with their abundant marine life, the reader is taken on a spectacular safari through mountains, lakes and rivers, across deserts with their highly specialised inhabitants through jungles out onto the savannah grasslands with the more familiar large grazers and lurking predators so beloved by film makers.
Altogether Wild Africa is a wonderful introduction to the wildlife treasures of the great continent for the general reader and school children. Wild Africa follows the now well tried and tested BBC format for their natural history books with excellent colour photos on virtually every page plus some maps and diagrams. The text is well written and clearly structured, packed with information and stories. The accompanying topic links within the text help the reader cross refer to associated themes and information. An index, bibliography and list of wildlife organisations with their Web sites make Wild Africa an excellent addition to any library. --Douglas Palmer
From space, Africa is a shattered land, textured by burning sands, seas of grass and steaming forests. It is scarred by mountains and bejewelled by great lakes and rivers. Raw and beautiful, this ancient continent is alive with the greatest collection of wildlife on earth. This stunning volume shows how a once-stable continent has been fragmented into these six beautiful realms, and how this process has catalysed the evolution of some remarkable animals and plants in each one. Morris and his co-authors take the reader into the heart of this fabulous landscape, introducing every habitat through a dedicated chapter that reveals how the resident wildlife has adapted to thrive in its unique natural environment. Through beautifully detailed images and lively, authoritative text, Wild Africa immerses the reader in the natural history of this spectacular continent.