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Beat About the Bush: Mammals
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2007
This is no ordinary catalogue of bush animals, but a perceptive and fascinating insight into many characteristics of the animals and their behaviour patterns. It includes many of the comments that came from the guide on our walking trail. Had he read this too?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2013
This isn't the usual 'field guide' type of book, but offers deep insight into the animal's place in the wild or 'bush'. I have studied wildlife, especially African wildlife, for much of my life and have worked on conservation projects in Africa, and this book still had lots to teach me. I found it fascinating from front to back. I have also read almost every book on the subject and this offers something that few, or possibly no, other do.

So if you're in the market for a book that teaches you interesting facts about animal behaviour, tracking and field signs, and other aspects of animal's lives beyond what they look like, then this is the book for you. If this sounds like you, then I would also recommend the excellent (although a bit outdated in places) 'The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals' by the equallly excellent Richard Estes of the IUCN's Antelope Specialist Group (and the fascinating Gnusletter!). This book has been re-released recently but I own the old version.

So in summary, I simply cannot recommend or praise this book highly enough. My only complaint is that I wish it was 3 times thicker!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic work done by the author. A pleasure to write and a book to have on hand to consult. Please do keep it up. We all need this kind of good work. Irene Grilo
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on 11 January 2015
Really enjoying this book. Lots of photos and packed with fascinating, well-researched information written in an 'user-friendly' (but not condescending) style. If you are interested in African wildlife and want something more accessible than a strictly scientific guide, this will probably suit you. I particularly appreciate the inclusion of some of the less obvious aspects of behaviour that will inevitably enrich the safari experience. Only one very minor niggle: I think the title is a bit misleading - it suggests to me more subjective and less serious content.

I'm very happy to have this book in my collection, good value too.
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on 1 December 2012
This isn't a dry impersonal reference book but a good engaging read. I'd expect to dip in and out of a book like this but I'm about half way through reading it cover to cover. There are many instances of the author recounting his own personal expeeriences which for me add to the success of the book. Because I have been drawn into the book as a whole I have learned about animals I might not otherwise have read about. Because it's not laid out like a typical reference book it can be a difficult to find specific things. It's a good book to complement a more rigorously formatted standard reference book. Strongly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2009
Compared to many of the field guides this give an excellent level of detail that can be viewed in the field with ease. Not a text book, but interesting facts abound. A very useful guide.
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on 5 March 2013
Very informative and easy to understand. Detailed and interesting. The Author obviously knows his stuff and conveys it in an interesting and understandable way
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on 2 April 2015
Very informative
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2011
Again a thoroughly concise book. It is full of the
most interesting facts and general knowledge. Easy to
handle and fits in easily to your hand luggage. It's
more about general information, questions and answers
than a completely factual guide to all animals.
Very interesting reading.
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