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National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife Paperback – 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Alfred A Knopf; First Printing edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679432345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679432340
  • ASIN: B002A7G9VA
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 10.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,973,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent pocket guide for taking on safari, as it covers most animals you are ever likely to see and those that you're not. Unusually it covers not only the mammals but reptiles and birds also, and it fits snuggly in the pocket. With this book you will need no other guide to arm you for an exciting and informative african safari - excellent! Well done to the author and publisher.
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I love this book. I took it from Kenya to Botswana and it was the most often refered to book in the group I was travelling in. It was so good that the tour leader (an very experienced African guide) kept using it and I left it for him at the end of the trip. I am now buying another copy to replace it!

In Kenya and Tanzania it never let me down, I was able to find every bird and animal I saw. As we went further south there were variations of the species which were not photographed but the descriptions were good enough to enable me to identify the animals.

Fantastic photographs and really good descriptions of appearance, distribution, breeding, habitat etc. Also a very useful section which gives an overview of all the main national parks.

Useful size and hardwearing covers (not sure why it has the small paper cover though, leave that at home!!)
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This book is perfect for the safari for two reasons. Not only is it fairly compact so does not take up much space in your luggage, it is also incredibly comprehensive across a broad spectrum of African wildlife. There is a bountiful section of colour photographs of both birds and animals followed by a reference section with the most detailed background for any creature you are likely to see. The book is also boosted by an early section on the geography and geology of Africa including yet more colour photographs. A highly recommended addition when taking a safari in Africa.
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Following on from a previous review I decided to purhcase this book. Sadly its not very pocket sized - unless you have huge pockets!!! Its thickness or depth is 4cm which is huge!

Also the paper that the text is printed on is very thin - almost like tissue paper - the kind of paper used for the new testaments that the Gideons used to give us at school!

Yes the illustrations are very good - there are about 600 pages of colour illustrations, but sadly also a further 1,000 yes 1,000 text pages.

Im sure this is a very informative and comprehensive book, but I wouldnt call it a pocket guide & will be sending it back shortly as its simply too big & I doubt its ability to survive long whilst on safari in Africa as the pages are so delicate!

So im giving it a 3 star rating as Im sure its a great and detailed encylopedia, but I need something I can pop into my camera bag or top pocket
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This book is an up to date field guide, I took it out to Kenya with me when volunteering with the Kenya Wildlife Service. It is the exact book all the vets and researchers use in the KWS. Brilliant Book
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I returned this book as it is a very difficult book to find a specific animal you have to either thumb through the book page by page or look the animal up in the index at the back of the book all of the colour plates are together at the beginning of the book & it is a very comprehensive guide OK if you're a veterinary student but absolutely no use at all for taking on safari by the time you've looked up the animal either you've moved on or the animal has disappeared there is almost 1000 pages.
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This really is a superb and helpful field guide to take with you. The identification process is simple and allows quick reference to any animal you are likely to see. In addition the first 150 pages give a good coverage of the African continent and wildlife/wildlife areas by country, even including the Canary Islands. It includes 850 species and gives full details of each with quick reference to the photographs of the species. The quality of the book is absolutely excellent and it will withstand the handling it will undoubtedly receive. Just excellent and simply amazing value for money.
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I have now taken this book to Kenya, Tansinia, Botswana and Zambia. It has a great selection bords and mamals (but is lacking on creapy crawlies).When sat round at night other travellers we always borrow the book to check things out over using their own which is a great recommendation. The pictures are clear and good quality. You do have to do a bit of flicking backwards and forwards as the text is at the front and back of the book and colour plates inthe middle, that said it did not detract from my enjoyment of using it.
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