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Disappointing and confusing,
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This review is from: The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals (Paperback)
We bought this as an addition to our 20 year old photographic guide A Photographic Guide to Mammals of Southern Central and East Africa (Photographic Guides) as we wanted to be able to identify some of the smaller species and local subspecies we've seen on safari. This book is not easy to use, and for a first time safari I suspect it would be too confusing. Many of the pictures are inconsistent - some bearing little relation to life while some are very good. Rarely is there any mention of alternative (or previously used) names and subspecies divisions and colour variations are not always clearly listed. The maps are difficult to follow, especially when several species are shown on the same map and are not always on the same page as the description. I also don't understand why, in a field guide, you would want 'supposed former range' or similar markings on the map.
To cap it all, there is a description and picture of a Quagga - an extinct animal. Please let me know if you see one in the field!!