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Wildlife of Southern Africa (Princeton Pocket Guides) [Paperback]

Martin B. Withers , David Hosking

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28 Aug 2011 Princeton Pocket Guides

Highly portable, concise, and informative, this is the essential guide for identifying Southern Africa's most visible wildlife. Featuring full-color photos of more than 400 species of birds, mammals, snakes, lizards, and insects, Wildlife of Southern Africa provides a spectacular sense of what travelers can see in the major game reserves and national parks of South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and southern Mozambique. Each species in this guide is accompanied by at least one full-color photograph plus a full textual description. Tips on wildlife photography as well as information on how to make the most of a safari are also included. This is a must-have guide for anyone planning or dreaming about a visit to this fascinating part of the world.

  • Highly portable and informative guide to the wildlife of Southern Africa
  • Hundreds of full-color photos detail more than 400 species
  • At least one full-color photograph and full textual description for each species
  • Tips on wildlife photography and making the most of a safari

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"This is a very useful book and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to southern Africa to observe wildlife. Study it before you leave on safari, or just purchase it and take an armchair safari that will cost a lot less!"--DRK, Wildlife Activist

"This book is clearly directed to tourist photographers, but may well be of interest to academic and public libraries."--Frederic F. Burchsted, American Reference Books Annual

About the Author

Martin B. Withers is one of Britain's finest nature photographers and a tour leader with Hosking Tours. David Hosking is a wildlife photographer who, together with his wife, Jean, runs the Frank Lane Picture Agency. He also runs Hosking Tours Ltd., a company that specializes in nature photographic holidays. Hosking and Withers are the coauthors of "Wildlife of East Africa" (Princeton).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Take-along Safari Book 5 Mar 2012
By steveb - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many of the more detailed animal books and guides, but because of their size and weight leave them at home as reference material. This book, owing to both its compact size and low weight, is ideal as a practical take-along guide. It's likely to contain just about everything you'll see on safari. Animals are pictured and, alongside, text is given describing the animal. Perfect for my purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Useful 9 Aug 2013
By Peggy - Published on Amazon.com
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This small guide went with me everywhere for the two weeks I was in South Africa. The Afrikaans names were great for my SA friends to quickly look up birds and animals. I had a bigger bird book that I realized I could leave behind. I wrote in it the date and location I spotted each animal or the second spotting. It was amazing to see it fill up. I had done some studying before we left and wish I had done more as the bird types are so very different. I found the organization to be very logical and easy to use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great for a pocket guide 10 Mar 2013
By Tammy McGee - Published on Amazon.com
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I brought this book with me on safari in Botswana. For mammals, it was fantastic! If you're looking for birds, it was fairly good, but I would suggest getting a separate bird guide as there are SO many birds. If you're interested in reptiles or insects, this wouldn't be the book for you; there is very little info on them in here. Overall though, it was a very good guide - I liked that there was at least one picture of each animal it described and pointed out slight differences that differentiate between similar species. The layout of the book was good and it was easy to find what you're looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great field guide for the area 16 Dec 2012
By Hyo - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this just before our trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Had every bird and mammal listed, in one guide. Only things that keep it from being 5 stars are 1) no range maps and 2) I found a book in South Africa (not as good) that included the names of the animals in several languages (Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa), which was cool. Otherwise, probably the best single book of its kind.
3.0 out of 5 stars For the birds 10 Jun 2014
By Robert Horowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are crazy for birds, you will love this. The rest of the critters make up a relatively small portion of this book. You can use it as a safari guide but there may be better ones out there.
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