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on 13 July 2004
This book is probably the best resource available for people who are serious about their animal-watching. There is loads of information, from general info about the family to specific stuff about the individual species (mating habits, social habits etc.). There are also helpful (and unintentionally funny) little pictures to explain certain points.
If you are going on safari for the first time I wouldn't recommend this book. If however you enjoy sitting and watching a group of animals this book is perfect. The only negative point is that there are no colour pictures/photos, only black and white drawings.
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on 19 February 2008
Like another reviewer, I first came across this book whilst on safari. This is the book that the guides use. Not all guides, only the best ones in my experience of 9 safaris. Having said that, this is not a book aimed at somebody who wants to simply know what animal they are looking at. There are lots of field guides that do that far better, and have colour illustrations as well.
This is a book for those who have already got past the identification stage and are interested in understanding the behaviour of the animals they are watching. If that is what you want to do, this is the book for you.
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on 27 February 2012
I brought this book together with the Field Guide to African Wildlife (National Audubon Society) on a Kenya and Tanzania 2-week safari, and they complement each other perfectly: the Audubon for its fantastic pictures and detailed classification, this one for the in-depth discussion on animal behaviour. Definitely recommended if you're spending more than a couple of days in the African great plains, as understanding what the animals are thinking and doing and why they are doing it, is what makes the safari interesting!
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on 29 January 2016
my nephew was in Africa for a year ( 2015) training to be a feild guide and ranger.This book was a gift from me,and in the weeks that preceeded his departure, it was this book, out of many others, that he selected to take with him.
as he came back uneaten by lions and in one peice I concider that a pretty good endorsement and would recomend
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on 15 August 2013
This book is worth its weight for those who safari and want to know more about what they are seeing. All my guides rate it too.
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on 5 February 2015
Very informative guide for the safari enthusiast. Well worth the money!
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on 2 January 2015
Quite dull reading. May be more suited to the seasoned safari goer, not for a first timer.
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