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BEST WILDLIFE BOOKS OF 2003 AND 2002

BEST WILDLIFE BOOKS OF 2001

COUNTRIES

GENERAL AFRICA           TANZANIA        KENYA

BOTSWANA                   ZIMBABWE       S. AFRICA

NAMIBIA                     ZAMBIA                 INDIA

NEPAL                                     AMERICA  

ANIMALS

LION                                     TIGER                  ELEPHANT  

GIRAFFE                    GORILLA            LEOPARD

CHEETAH                    PANDA                WILD DOG

PANTHER                   WOLF                  RHINOCEROS

ANIMAL AND BIRD GUIDES

GENERAL WILDLIFE

 

BEST WILDLIFE BOOKS OF 2002 AND 2003

Big Cat Diary: Leopard ~ Jonathan Scott (Hardcover - 3 November 2003)

Synopsis
The second of three books accompanying the major BBC television series, featuring the leopard families of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Perhaps the most graceful and adaptable of all cats, leopards are also the world's most numerous big cats. Following on from the success of "Big Cat Diary: Lion", this book goes beyond the day-to-day footage and explores the bigger picture of the lives of leopards in Africa. Through the lives of the famous "Big Cat" leopards, Half-tail, Shadow, Beauty and Safi, we learn about: the biology and behaviour of the leopards; how leopards have evolved; and how we can conserve our big cat populations. Jonathan and Angie Scott also go beyond the Masai Mara Game Reserve, to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, to look at the broader picture of the African leopard population. How can we ensure they maintain breeding populations, have enough space to hunt and sufficient prey to survive?

 

Big Cat Diary: Lion ~ Jonathan Scott (Hardcover - 4 November 2002)

Synopsis

A companion volume to the successful "Big Cat Diary" television series, which goes beyond the day-to-day footage and explores the bigger picture: history, biology, behaviour, conservation and how lions survive outside the Masai Mara. As well as a detailed examination of biology and behaviour, the book provides an historical perspective of the big cat families featured in the series. The book also looks outside the Masai Mara Game Reserve, to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Ngorongoro Crater, and Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Finally there is the question of how to conserve our big cat populations. There could be as few as 15,000 lions left in Africa. How can we ensure they can maintain breeding populations, space to hunt and sufficient prey to survive?

 

Serengeti ~ Reinhard Kunkel (Photographer) (Hardcover - 30 January 2003)

 

Synopsis
For many people, the vast plains of the Serengeti have come to symbolize paradise. Now the home of two World Heritage sites and two Biosphere Reserves, the Serengeti's unique ecosystem - one of the oldest on earth - has inspired countless writers, film-makers, photographers and scientists. This book is a testament to Reinhard Kunkel's years of affectionate and attentive recording of a natural environment that has barely changed in a million years. Travelling across this jewel in the crown of Tanzania'a protected areas, Kunkel invites us to witness the everyday life of a huge range of animals and birds - zebra, wildebeest, vultures, marabou, crested cranes, giraffes - as they look after their young, hunt for food, groom and fight for their lives.

Nomads of the Serengeti ~ Robyn Stewart (Hardcover - 1 November 2002)

Synopsis
This photographic guide attempts to capture the beauty and scope of the landscape and wildlife of the Serengeti. It profiles the grazing patterns and social structure of the area's diverse animal populations, with particular emphasis on the spectacle of large-scale herd migration that has shaped this region and the continent of which it is a part. Images of the Serengeti's predators add a raw energy and agitation to an otherwise pastoral scene, and the savage beauty of this fragile ecosystem is set against a profoundly humbling sense of its natural history.

 

Okavango - Jewel of the Kalahari ~ Karen Ross (Hardcover - 1 August 2003)

Synopsis
"Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari" revisits this extraordinary wetland created by the Okavango River as it spreads and spills over the Kalahari sands of northern Botswana. The book puts the Delta in context, looking first at the ecology and wildlife of the Kalahari, an immense wilderness of sand, thorn trees and sun-bleached grasses, as well as the desolate salt pans Makgadikgadi. It proceeds with a detailed description of the ecology of the Delta, portraying the intricate web of life that is sustained there. With the advantage of a 15-year perspective, the author describes the threats to the Okavango's ecosystem for those hungry for its water and from Botswana's network of veterinary fences, designed to separate cattle from wildlife. The story of conservation in Botswana described here is remarkable for the successful resolution of a number of water battles but also for the failure to prevent the tragic death of thousands of wild animals cut off by fences from access to water. Illustrated with over 170 colour photographs of the many faces of the Delta and its woodland and desert surrounds, this is a book for all who yearn for the wilderness, understand its value and know how precarious is its survival.

The Circle of Life: Wildlife on the African Savannah ~ Anup and Manoj Shah (Hardcover - 15 October 2003) 

Synopsis
The photographs of brothers Anup and Manoj Shah bring to life the spectacular landscape and wildlife of the savannah, the tropical and sub-tropical grasslands that cover much of the African continent. Concentrating on the Serengeti-Masai Mara regions in Kenya and Tanzania, this volume chronicles life and death on the savannah, as lions, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, gazelles, zebras, hippos, hyenas, baboons and many more species give birth, play, hunt, feed, groom, sleep, mate, migrate and die.

 

Gorillas ~Kelly J. Stewart (Paperback - September 2003)

Review 

Gorillas aren't our nearest living relatives but we're theirs - they're genetically closer to us than they are to chimpanzees. But while there are six billion of us in the world there are only about 100,000 of them, and they're declining. Which is, of course, humanity's fault - for all the usual reasons, from habitat destruction to eating them for dinner. But there are also humans who have dedicated themselves to keeping gorillas in existence, and one of these is Kelly Stewart. She started out in the 1970s as a researcher with the mountain gorillas at Dian Fossey's Karisoke Centre in Rwanda and later became the centre's co-director. Karisoke is one of the species conservation's greatest successes, having overseen an increase in the local gorilla population - despite farming and poaching pressure, wars and the steep decline of gorillas elsewhere in Africa 

 

BEST WILDLIFE BOOKS OF 2001

The Blue Planet ~ Andrew Byatt, Alastair Fothergill, Martha Holmes, Sir David Attenborough (Introduction) (Hardcover - 27 September, 2001)

Whether you have seen the BBC TV series or not, The Blue Planet is a must-have book. It tells the story of life in the oceans, upon which we all ultimately depend. From the tropics to the poles, from the shores to the deeps, the waters of the planet teem with an amazing diversity of creatures and plants and a wonderful sample of it is portrayed here in the book's 400 or so colour photos. The Blue Planet is a reminder of what we know and what we still don't know about the oceans and is a timely reminder of how fragile its ecosystems can be. We still know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the floor of the oceans. As David Attenborough reminds us in his introduction the highest peaks on Earth are still unclimbed and there are still thousands, maybe even millions, of animal species that remain undiscovered because all are hidden under the waves of the oceans. People have walked on the surface of the moon, nobody has walked on the floor of the deep ocean and probably never will. Looking at a book such as this you can get some idea of the thrill of exploring the last unknown section of our planet. And since 70 per cent of Earth's surface is covered in water, there is still plenty left to find out about. The story the book tells is so momentous that much of the scientific background has to be condensed. For the general reader, however, this is an excellent and up-to-date introduction. Martha Holmes, one of the three authors is a marine biologist and all have worked in the Natural History Unit, the jewel in the crown of BBC TV, and so have been exposed to most of the researchers whose work has helped inform the series and the book. There is a useful glossary and index but, disappointingly, there is no Further Reading list for those who want to find out more. The Blue Planet will no doubt encourage a whole new generation of marine biologists and oceanographers.

Synopsis
Focusing on seven different habitats, "The Blue Planet" is a comprehensive guide to the world's oceans. It explores the hidden depths of the oceans to reveal many fascinating facts, which can be found in boxed text and feature spreads along with lots of full colour illustrations.

Wild Africa ~ Amanda Barrett (Hardcover - 1 November, 2001)

We are all Africans at heart, our ancestors originated from there just 100,000 years ago and Wild Africa is the natural history of our African Eden, the only continent to have preserved a substantial part of its wildlife, at least until recently. From weird molerats to magnificent mountains and huge crocodiles with a taste for wildebeest, Wild Africa is a superbly illustrated celebration of the continent's natural history and accompanies a BBC TV series of the same name. Each of Africa's major environments is treated and authored separately by the expert team of writers, all of whom work with the BBC's world famous Natural History Unit. From the immensely long coastline with its variety from coral reefs to deltas and rocky shores with their abundant marine life, the reader is taken on a spectacular safari through mountains, lakes and rivers, across deserts with their highly specialised inhabitants through jungles out onto the savannah grasslands with the more familiar large grazers and lurking predators so beloved by film makers.

Altogether Wild Africa is a wonderful introduction to the wildlife treasures of the great continent for the general reader and school children. Wild Africa follows the now well tried and tested BBC format for their natural history books with excellent colour photos on virtually every page plus some maps and diagrams. The text is well written and clearly structured, packed with information and stories. The accompanying topic links within the text help the reader cross refer to associated themes and information. An index, bibliography and list of wildlife organisations with their Web sites make Wild Africa an excellent addition to any library. 

Synopsis
From space, Africa is a shattered land, textured by burning sands, seas of grass and steaming forests. It is scarred by mountains and bejewelled by great lakes and rivers. This ancient continent is also alive with some of the greatest wildlife on Earth. The book covers the fragmented areas of Africa: the jungle, the mountains, the savannah, the rivers and lakes, the coasts, and the deserts. It shows how a once stable continent has been fragmented and how this process has catalyzed the evolution of some remarkable animals and plants. In the savannah, carnivorous ants consume as much meat as lions, while in the jungle, where light barely penetrates the leaf canopy, there are diminutive forms of familiar animals - pygmy chimpanzees, forest elephants and dwarf hippos.

Africa ~ Art Wolfe (Photographer), et al (Hardcover - 28 September, 2001)

Synopsis
After the resounding success of The Living Wild, Art Wolfe has turned his keen wild-life photographer's eye on Africa. The result is a book which assails all the senses. One can gaze the wide horizons in the unusually large landscape images. It is as if one could hear the sounds of thousands of animals moving across open plains, taste the heat in the air, smell of dampness foretelling rains to come, and the touch of the earth beneath naked feet. In five chapters, life in the savannah, the woodlands, the rainforest, the wetlands and the desert rises in front of the readers' eyes.

Wildlife Wars ~ Richard Leakey (Hardcover - 21 September 2001)

The autobiography of Kenya's wildlife saviour. Richard Leakey spent years trying to save Africa's animals. Now he's trying to save a nation.

Leakey began his career following in the footsteps of his famous parents, Mary and Louis, becoming a renowned paleoanthropologist and head of Kenya's National Museums. In 1989, Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi put Leakey in charge of wildlife management. Ivory poachers were killing hundreds of elephants annually and the organisation was close to collapse. Leakey sacked corrupt rangers and brought in millions of dollars from international donors to help enforce a ban on the ivory trade. But when Moi accused the service of corruption, Leakey quit, later forming an opposition party. He clashed with Moi but in July 1999, Moi appointed him head of Kenya's Civil service and Secretary to the Cabinet. He is now charged with ridding the government of corruption and jumpstarting the economy.

Leakey's clashes with poachers and the dictator Moi will provide a dramatic focus for the book. He will also detail the challenge he faced when he lost both his legs in a suspicious plane crash that may have been caused by sabotage. He has had over 13 operations to allow him to walk again.

Synopsis
The autobiography of Kenya's wildlife saviour. Richard Leakey spent years trying to save Africa's animals. Now he's trying to save a nation. Leakey began his career following in the footsteps of his famous parents, Mary and Louis, becoming a renowned paleoanthropologist and head of Kenya's National Museums. In 1989, Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi put Leakey in charge of wildlife management. Ivory poachers were killing hundreds of elephants annually and the organisation was close to collapse. Leakey sacked corrupt rangers and brought in millions of dollars from international donors to help enforce a ban on the ivory trade. But when Moi accused the service of corruption, Leakey quit, later forming an opposition party. He clashed with Moi but in July 1999, Moi appointed him head of Kenya's Civil service and Secretary to the Cabinet. He is now charged with ridding the government of corruption and jumpstarting the economy. Leakey's clashes with poachers and the dictator Moi will provide a dramatic focus for the book. He will also detail the challenge he faced when he lost both his legs in a suspicious plane crash that may have been caused by sabotage. He has had over 13 operations to allow him to walk again.

Wild Africa: Exploring the African Habitats ~ Patrick Morris, et al (Hardcover - 1 October, 2001)

 

 

 

 

Africa's Great Rift Valley ~Nigel Pavitt (Photographer) ( Hardcover - 30 September, 2001)

Synopsis
Spanning some 3500 miles of the African continent, from Ethiopia in the north to Mozambique in the south, the Great Rift Valley is home to an astounding array of flora and fauna, including a great concentration of glassland animals amd three of the world's four great apes: the chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla. Nigel Pavitt has lived in the region for 45 years and has travelled this wild terrain many times, across salt flats and up ice-capped mountains. He tells the story of the Great Rift Valley's geological evolution, its tribal life, and its exploration and discovery by Europeans, including fascinating characters as Sir Richard Burton, Dr David Livingstone and Henry Stanley.

 

GENERAL AFRICA

Wildest Africa ~Alan Dean, et al New Holland Publishers (UK) (Hardcover - 29 November, 1995)

Synopsis
A photographic celebration of the wildlife of Africa. All the larger mammals - elephants, rhinos, giraffes, big cats and antelope - are represented, depicted in moments of action, tenderness and savagery. Factual text complements the photographs.

Into Africa ~ Craig Packer (Hardback - 1994)

Synopsis
Craig Packer takes us into Africa for a journey of 52 days in the autumn of 1991. But this is more than a tour of magnificent animals in an exotic, faraway place. A field biologist since 1972, Packer began his work studying primates at Gombe and then the lions of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater with his wife and colleague Anne Pusey. Here, he introduces us to the real world of fieldwork - initiating assistants to lion research in the Serengeti, helping a doctoral student collect data, collaborating with Jane Goodall on primate research. As in the works of George Schaller and Cynthia Moss, Packer transports us to life in the field. He is addicted to this land - to the beauty of a male lion striding across the Serengeti plains, to the calls of a baboon troop through the rain forests of Gombe - and to understanding the animals that inhabit it. Through his narration, the reader is encouraged to feel the dust and the bumps of the Arusha Road, smell the rosemary in the air at lunchtime on a Serengeti verandah, and hear the lyrics of the "Grateful Dead" playing off bootlegged tapes. "Into Africa" also explores the social lives of the animals and the threats to their survival. Packer grapples with questions he has passionately tried to answer for more than two decades. Why do female lions raise their young in creches? Why do male baboons move from troop to troop while male chimps band together? How can humans and animals continue to coexist in a world of diminishing resources? Immediate demands - logistical nightmares, political upheavals, physical exhaustion - yield to the larger inescapable issues of the interdependence of the land, the animals, and the people who inhabit it.

Roaring at the Dawn ~ Brian Jackman, et al (Hardcover - 29 June, 1995)

Synopsis
This is a vivid portrait of life in the African bush, drawn from 20 years of safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

Africa's Great Wild Places ~Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart (Hardcover - 1 October 1998)

Synopsis
Africa is the world's widest continent. From the desert wildernesses to the remaining rainforests, Africa offers a diversity of wild places unlike any other continent. In this book, the authors use their knowledge of the unexplored surfaces of Africa in an attempt to enchant the reader. From the great and famous parks of the Serengeti to the little known parks of western Tanzania and the soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley, this book aims to fascinate the reader with its descriptions of the game reserves and wild places of East, West, Central and Southern Africa. The book aims to go beyond a pictoral account, and seeks to present an honest discussion of the merits and problems of each area, including practical information for travellers. Each chapter contains a detailed map of the area discussed, a species list of the animals, birds, reptiles and plants most likely to be seen and an information box with practical information such as access routes, opening times, campsites and so on.

The Myth of Wild Africa ~Jonathan S. Adams, Thomas O. McShane (Paperback - 31 December, 1996)

Synopsis
Western explorers and hunters created and perpetuated the myth of Africa as the world's last great wilderness, a sparsely populated land of spectacular beauty and savage mystery. The conservationists built national parks upon this myth, ignoring the fact that this continent was filled with ancient cultures that have lived with wildlife for countless generations. They took away rural Africans' land and livelihood, squeezing them into smaller areas that could not support their farming methods. The authors describe new conservation programmes that include more Africans in the planning, execution and financial benefits of the business. For where programmes have been set up that improve farming and other ways of making a living, Africans have helped government and conservation authorities in preserving wildlife.

An African Trilogy ~Peter Matthiessen, Harvill Press (Paperback - 20 April, 2000)

Synopsis
This volume contains three pieces of travel writing by Peter Matthiessen, who joined a number of expeditions to Africa in the 1970s and 1980s - "The Tree Where Man Was Born", "African Silences" and "Sand Rivers". The book contains an introduction by the author.

 

African Wildlife: a Visual Celebration ~Peter Joyce, et al Hardcover - 1 October, 1998

Synopsis
A celebration of African wildlife in photographs. Mammals predominate, but birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects also feature. There are four major sections based on animal behaviour: courtship and parenting; the quest for food; strategies for survival; and social organization and interaction.

 

The National Parks and other Wild Places of Southern Africa ~Brian Johnson-Barker, et al (Hardcover - 1 November, 1999)

Synopsis
A guide to 30 of Southern Africa's ecotourism destinations, including Zululand, Kruger National Park, Botswana's Okavango wetlands, Namibia's Etosha and the Zambesi River. Maps and fact-filled information boxes complement the narrative text.

 

African Safari (Paperback - 23 November, 2000)

Synopsis
This adventure guide encompasses the grace, grandeur and drama of Africa's wildlife. There are practical tips on tracking, finding, identifying and photographing the many animal species and their habitats. There is also advice on lodging and tours.

 

Spectrum Guide to African Wildlife Safaris ~Camerapix  (Paperback - 18 December, 1998)

The Life and Death of a Pool ~John Struthers (Photographer)
(Hardcover - October 1993)

Synopsis
"The Life and Death of a Pool" shows Africa as it really is. Without frills or fanfare, without seeking the sensational or striving to sentimentalise the painful, it describes - and illustrates - the stress suffered by wild animals as their source of water dries up. John Struthers spent six weeks, during the heat of an African "spring" season - September and October - beside a particular pool, watching and photographing the heightening drama during a time when this usually reliable body of water failed the many animals that had come to depend upon it. The text contains stories of excitement and danger as well. A head-on encounter with a young cow elephant and her calf, an attack by a swarm of bees, the story of a man who ended up underneath an elephant - and lived - these tales add spice to the growing concern for the many animals struggling to survive that permeates his text.

The Big Five of Africa ~Hinde, Taylor (Hardcover - 14 January, 2000)

 

 

 

 

 

TANZANIA

The Serengeti's Great Migration ~Carlo Mari (Photographer), Harvey Croze (Hardcover - September 2000)



 

 

 

 

The Great Migration ~Harvey Croze, Carlo Mari (Photographer) (Hardcover - 21 October, 1999)

Synopsis
The golden plateau of the Masai Mara is a sanctuary for African wildlife and the stage for one of the most extraordinary natural phenomenon in the world - the wildebeest migration. This book captures these animals in photographs, along with other wildlife on the plains. 

 

Review in BBC Wildlife, January 2000 

On the run the great migration of wildebeest zebras and gazelles across the high plains of East Africa's Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is the biggest wildlife show on Earth. Big subjects deserve a broad canvas, and this book is as big as they come - a coffee-table blockbuster whose wide-screen format is ideal for showing the huge Serengeti landscapes and awesome portraits of predators and prey. It is dominated by Carlo Mari's stunning photographs, and the fact that he has chosen to work entirely in black and white - reproduced here by using duotones on wonderfully thick ivory paper - only adds to the power of each printed image. The soft, grainy texture gives the action shots a quality akin to Renaissance paintings, except that instead of flights of angels we see zebras flying through clouds of dustand wildebeest crashing through torrents of spray as they race for their lives across the Mara River. But pictures alone cannot explain the mysteries of the great migration. That needs the words of experts - and the strength of this book is that the experts also happen to be the finest of wordsmiths. The cover carries a glowing message from Peter Matthiessen. The foreword is by Richard D Estes, whose own books on African mammals are essential reading for every safari enthusiast, and the main text is by Harvey Croze, distinguished- author of Pyramids of Life. With Croze as guide, the reader is taken on a 500km round trip from the wildebeest's ancestral calving grounds in the southern Serengeti to their dry-season refuge in the Masai Mara - a circuit as old as Africa itself. Along the way, everything is explained in lucid and informative style, with the occasional dash of dry humour for good measure. All the key players are featured, from those species which make up what Croze calls the "guild of predators" down to the fine print of the Serengeti grasses and the parasites which probably kill more wildebeest than all the predators put together. The result is nothing less than a masterpiece, a celebration of the natural world in all its diversity. If you can't actually go to Africa to see the great migration in the flesh, this book really is the next best thing.

Serengeti ~Mitsuaki Iwago (Photographer) (Hardcover - 30 October, 1996)

Synopsis
Photographs show each season on the Serengeti Plain of Eastern Africa and focus on migrations, predators, and the natural life cycle.

 

 

Mara Serengeti ~ Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott (Hardcover - 27 November, 2000)

Synopsis

Jonathan King (co-presenter of The Big Cat Diary) and his wife Angela offer an intimate and beautiful photographic portrait of the wildlife of the Maasai Mara in Kenya and the neighbouring Serengeti in Tanzania. 

Serengeti ~ A.R.E. Sinclair(Editor), M. Norton-Griffiths(Editor) (Paperback - 1979)

Synopsis
Originally published in 1979, Serengeti: Dynamics of an Ecosystem was immediately recognized as the first synthesis of the patterns and processes of a major ecosystem. A prototype for initial studies, Serengeti contains baseline data for further and comparative studies of ecosystems. The new Serengeti II builds on the information presented originally in Serengeti; both books together offer essential information and insights for ecology and conservation biology.

The Serengeti Lion ~ G.B. Schaller (Paperback - 1972)

Synopsis
Winner of the 1972 National Book Award "This is an important book, not just for its valuable information on lions, but for its broad, open,and intelligent approach to problems that cut across the fields of behavior, populations, ecology, wildlife management,evolution, anthropology, and comparative biology. "--Richard G. Van Gelder,Bioscience

 

Spectrum Guide to Tanzania Camerapix (Paperback - January 1997)

Synopsis
Aimed at both the visitor and business traveller, this guide tells you how to plan your safari, and how to invest in the industrial infrastructure.

 

 

Tanzania ~ Philip Briggs (Paperback - 22 July, 1999)

Synopsis
Information on aspects such as joining an organised safari or travelling independently. Also offers advice for adventurous budget travellers who want to get off the beaten track.

 

 

Tanzania ~ Paul Joynson-Hicks(Photographer), (Hardcover - 17 September, 1998)

Lonely Planet: Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba
by Mary Fitzpatrick

Synopsis
This guide to Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba contains a 16-page colour safari section; complete coverage of Tanzania's national parks, reserves and marine areas; expert advice on trekking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru; a section on birdspotting; and extensive dive site information.

Journey Through Tanzania ~Mohamed Amin (Paperback - December 1988)

Kilmanjaro: the Great White Mountain ~David Pluth, et al (Hardcover - April 2001)

Cradle of Mankind ~Mohamed Amin, et al (Hardcover - 24 December, 1989)

 

KENYA

The Big Cat Diary ~ Brian Jackson, Jonathan Scott(Illustrator) (Hardcover - 19 September, 1996)

Synopsis
Presenting the animals as characters, this is a study of a year in the lives of lions, cheetahs and leopards, and their relations with other animals of the Masai Mara. The book features personalities such as Half-Tail the leopard and her cubs, and Scruffy and Blondmane, the lone hunters.

 

Journey Through Kenya ~Mohamed Amin, et al, Camerapix (Hardcover - January 1994)

 

 

 

 

The Last of the Maasai ~Mohamed Amin, et al, Camerapix (Hardcover - August 2000)

 

 

 

 

The Beauty of Amboseli ~Mohamed Amin, et al (Paperback - 28 December, 1993)

The Beauty of the Maasai Mara ~David Round-Turner, et al, (Paperback - 24 March, 1994)

Portrait of Kenya ~Brian Tetley, et al (Hardcover - 31 December, 1995)

 

BOTSWANA

Hunting with the Moon ~Derek Joubert, Beverley Joubert (Photographer) (Hardcover - 27 October, 1997)

Synopsis
Photographs and brief descriptions depict how lions in Botswana hunt and kill thieir prey at night.

 

 

 

Okavango - Africa's Last Eden ~Francis Lanting Robert Hale
(Paperback - 23 September, 1999)

Synopsis
This is a celebration in text and photographs of the last Eden of Africa, the Okavango Delta, and an account of the landscape and animal inhabitants of this wetland at the heart of The Kalahari desert in Africa.  There are more than 130 photos by Frans Lanting, the award-winning photographer and naturalist.

Okavango Wetland Wilderness ~Bailey Adrian (Hardcover - 1 September, 2000)

Synopsis
The focus of this book is the broad delta region, including the panhandle and Moremi Wildlife Reserve and also Lake Ngami. The author has spent more than a year in the Okavango region, capturing its many landscapes and wildlife inhabitants in the different seasons of the year and in different moods. He seeks to present this part of Africa in a novel and enchanting way, as he uses the analogy of a stage play or drama to portray life in the delta. To achieve this he divides the book into three parts, part one analogous to the stage-sets, part two an introduction to the "players" or "characters", and the third section the unfolding drama as the players take their places and act out their parts in this desert oasis.

Prides : The Lions of Moremi ~Pieter W. Kat, et al (Hardcover - April 2000)

Synopsis
Graceful and powerful, the subject of art and myth, lions inspire both fascination and fear. They are considered the most formidable of predators but also are the most social of wild cats. This book reveals the worlds of four neighbouring prides that roam the diverse habitats of Botswana's Okavango

 

Botswana: a Brush with the Wild ~P. Augustinus (Hardcover - 31 November, 1992)

 

ZIMBABWE

Hwange: Elephant Country ~David Martin, African Publishing Group (Paperback - 1997)

Journey Through Zimbabwe ~Mohamed Amin, et al (Hardcover - 28 June, 1990)

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Kruger ~Michael Brett, Nigel Dennis(Photographer) Hardcover - 18 January, 2001

Synopsis
A visual representation of one of Africa's great wildernesses and most-visited national parks. Nigel Dennis's photographs of Kruger and its many inhabitants are prefaced by a textual introduction to the conservation and natural history of the park. Michael Brett describes the diverse habitats of the Southern, Central, Northern and Far Northern regions of the park, and offers insight into the diversity of wildlife characteristic of each of them.

The Kruger National Park ~Jane Carruthers (Paperback - 1995)

Synopsis
In explaining how developments in the Kruger National Park have been integral to the wider political and socio-economic concerns of South Africa, this text opens an alternative perspective on its history. Nature protection has evolved in response to a variety of stimuli including white self-interest, Afrikaner nationalism, ineffectual legislation, elitism, capitalism and the exploitation of Africans.

Kalahari ~Michael Knight, Nigel Dennis (Photographer) (Hardcover - 1 November, 1997)

Synopsis
This work captures the essence of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa, from the smallest insects to its largest inhabitants. Photographed in all seasons of the year, the varying moods of the Kalahari are portrayed. The text aims to provide an insight into the balance of nature and the intricacies of life and survival in this wilderness.

 

 

NAMIBIA

Journey Through Namibia ~Mohamed Amin, et al 

 

ZAMBIA

The Eye of the Elephant : An Epic Adventure in the African Wilderness ~Delia Owens, Mark Owens Paperback - October 1993

Synopsis
Two naturalists describe how a battle to save the elephants of Africa turned into a fight for their lives when commercial poachers heard of their work.

 

 

INDIA

Queen of the Elephants ~Mark Shand, Aditya Patankar(Photographer), Vintage (Paperback - 4 April, 1996) 

Synopsis
In the tiny aristocratic figure of Parbati Barua, known as "queen of the elephants", Mark Shand finds his ultimate guru. He had already learned about the ways of elephants after riding his beloved Tara across India, a journey which he described in "Travels on My Elephant", for which he won the 1992 Travel Writer of the Year Award. But he is no match for the daughter of India's greatest expert on the Asian elephant, the late Prince of Gauripur, who taught her everything. She lassoed her first wild elephant before she was 20. Once he has earned her trust, Shand rides with Parbati the elephants' ancient migratory route through the tea gardens of West Bengal and along the rarely visited Himalayan corridor to her ancestral home in Assam. They were accompanied by Aditya Patankar, whose photographs in this book accompany Shand's account of his quest for a solution to the problem of conserving the Asian elephant.

Kanha Tiger Reserve ~E. Husley, C. Moulton, Sangam Books (Paperback - 20 September, 1999)

Synopsis 
An interesting and unique book on the history of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, its ecosystem, wildlife and management.

 

 

 

NEPAL

Journey Through Nepal ~Mohamed Amin, et al (Hardcover - November 1987

The Royal Chitwan National Park : Wildlife Sanctuary of Nepal ~Hemanta R. Mishra, Margaret Jeffries (Paperback - March 1991)

 

 

AMERICA

The Condor's Shadow : The Loss and Recovery of Wildlife in America ~David S. Wilcove, Edward O. Wilson Paperback - April 2000

Synopsis
This text offers a comprehensive overview of the ecological status of North America. Describing the cycles of loss and recovery that have changed many ecosystems in the past 50 years, the author considers both habitat destruction and pollution, as well as the introduction of exotic animals and reforestation that is underway nationwide.

 

The Endangered Kingdom : The Struggle to Save America's Wildlife (Wiley Science Editions) ~Roger Disilvestro (Paperback - April 1991)

Synopsis
This exploration of man's attempts to preserve America's vanishing wildlife opens with an examination of North America's past, before the coming of man. The author describes the ancient landscape and the now extinct animals, before focusing on conservation methods of the present day.

 

Florida's Fragile Wildlife ~Don A. Wood (Hardcover - 1 March, 2001)

Synopsis
A primer on the conservation and management of Florida's wildlife. Examining more than 20 threatened species from the perspective of land management, the book outlines the benefits of specific conservation initiatives for each species and discusses how those initiatives can be implemented.

Swamp Screamer : At Large With the Florida Panther
~Charles Fergus (Paperback - February 1998)

Synopsis
This text tracks the 50 panthers that survive in Florida. It describes the people trying to save these creatures, including wildlife biologists attempting to preserve panther habitat and radical animal lovers who regard the panther as a symbol of their crusade on behalf of nature.

 

The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone ~Thomas McNamee (Paperback - May 1998)

 

 

 

 

 

LION

In the Lion's Den ~Mitsuaki Iwago, Chronicle Books (Paperback - July 1996)

Synopsis
A collection of photographs captures lions in the wild while they hunt, sleep mate, raise cubs, and fight for superiority in the pride. 98 colour photos.

 

 

Prides : The Lions of Moremi ~Pieter W. Kat, et al (Hardcover - April 2000)

Synopsis
Graceful and powerful, the subject of art and myth, lions inspire both fascination and fear. They are considered the most formidable of predators but also are the most social of wild cats. This book reveals the worlds of four neighbouring prides that roam the diverse habitats of Botswana's Okavango

 

TIGER

Land of the Tiger ~Valmik Thapar Hardcover - 1 September, 1997

Synopsis
This is an exploration of the extraordinarily diverse natural history of the vast area covered by the Indian subcontinent, which extends from Pakistan in the west to Burma in the east, and stretches north to encompass the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan and Nepal. Brown and black bears and the snow leopard stalk the icy mountains of the Himalayas, while the great northern river plain of India is home to wild buffalo, elephants, and the one-horned rhinoceros. From the hills of the Western Ghats filled with monkeys and and flying lizards to the boiling deserts teeming with black buck and wild asses, and from the exotic islands of Sri Lanka, the Andamans and Nicobar to the tiger-haunted forests of the mainland, the book documents some of the world's most exotic wildlife habitats.

Wild Tigers of Ranthambhore ~Valmik Thapar (Hardcover - 17 February, 2000)

Synopsis
Through paragraphs by Fateh Singh Rathore and Valmik Thapar, and essay and fact sheets, this book illustrates the fate of the tiger from the early days of Ranthambore Sanctuary and Project Tiger, through to the present, taking a look into the future of the tiger into the new millennium.

Riding the Tiger ~ John Seidensticker(Editor), et al (Paperback - 1 April, 1999)

Synopsis
Beauty, grace and power make the tiger one of the world's most loved animals, yet it is precisely these qualities that have been its downfall. Poaching for skins and body parts, loss of habitat and prey and conflicts between people and wild tigers have caused catastrophic declines in tiger numbers throughout their range. If wild tigers are to survive through the next century, we must act now. "Riding the Tiger" is a scientific account of the problems and possible solutions of securing a future for wild tigers. Illustrated in full colour, it is written by leading conservationists working throughout Asia. It is an information resource for tiger conservationists in the field, necessary reading for serious students of carnivore conservation and conservation biologists in general, and an overview of tiger conservation for general readers.

Tiger in the Snow ~Peter Matthiessen, Harvill Press (Hardcover - 4 November, 1999)

Synopsis
There are no more than a few thousand tigers surviving in pockets of Asia. The largest of these, the Siberian tiger, is today almost entirely confined to the little-populated Russian Far East. Now these are under threat due to the intensified poaching and the destruction of habitat that has followed upon the collapse of the USSR. Peter Matthiessen brings to the Siberian tiger a deep knowledge of and feeling for the natural world. He tells the story of the species' origin and evolution, evoking as well its crucial role in the culture and mythology of the peoples who came into contact with it.

A Tigers Tale ~Anup Shah(Photographer), Manoj Shah(Photographer) (Hardcover - 1996)


 

 

 

 

How the Tiger Lost Its Stripes: An Exploration into the Endangerment of a Species ~Cory J Meacham (Hardcover - June 1997)

Synopsis
Drawing on firsthand interviews and investigations, a journalist offers a balanced analysis of the endangerment of the world's pure species of tigers and the role of zoos, scientists, and politics in stopping it.

BBC Wildlife Magazine , 16 October, 1998
Meacham is an intelligent journalist: shrewd, erudite and objective. He looks at the circus that has grown out of tiger conservation with a cool eye... Meacham doesn't pretend to be a Schaller. He has only ever seen one tiger in the wild and, indeed, this is not a book about tigers. But if you don't know the story and you are interested in the politics of conservation, this is for you.

 

ELEPHANT

Africa's Elephant ~ Martin Meredith (Hardcover - 6 September, 2001)

Synopsis
Yet elephant history has been dominated by periods of brutality and persecution, used in gladiatorial combat, as weapons of war (most notably by Hannibal) and for their ivory, prized since ancient times as a symbol of wealth and status. As the ivory trade continued there are now only five countries with sizeable elephant populations, where a few hundred years ago there were forty-six - before the European hunters arrived. Acclaimed African expert Martin Meredith has written the first full biography of the elephant - wide-ranging, moving and never less than fascinating in his travels through the history and present of 'Nature's great masterpiece' (John Donne).

Elephant Woman : Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants ~Laurence Pringle, Cynthia Moss (Photographer) (School & Library Binding - November 1997)

Synopsis
A biography of Cynthia Moss, world-renowned elephant researcher in Kenya's Amboseli National Park, illustrated with her own photographs.

 

 

The African Elephant : Twilight in Eden (National Audubon Society Book) ~Roger L. Disilvestro (Editor) (Paperback - August 1991)

Book Description
From The National Audubon Society, an internationally known organization working on behalf of environmental and wildlife conservation causes, comes this exquisite photographic essay on the African elephant. Using dozens of full-color photographs, it depicts the life and struggles of these majestic beasts--from their significance in Roman, Greek and Victorian society to Africa's current fight to save its elephants. Examines all facets of the African elephant's life and provides in-depth coverage of one of the most widely covered conservation issues of today: the poaching and slaughtering of African elephants for their ivory.

Synopsis
The African elephant has been hunted to near extinction by ivory poachers, and even now its survival hangs in the balance. With over 125 colour pictures, this is a graphic illustration of the African elephant's complete history of human contact, including many details about elephant society, mating habits, communication, family life and raising young, even death and mourning.

African Elephants ~Reinhard Kunkel (Hardcover - October 1998)

Synopsis

Elephants, according to German wildlife photographer Reinhard Künkel, are strange creatures. "Despite their size," he writes, "elephants by no means claim undisputed precedence in all their dealings with other animals. The privileges they might derive from their awesomeness and strength they are often too gentle and peaceable to claim." Yet an elephant that makes room for an annoyingly chiding pair of crested cranes one minute will defend its territory against a curious human the next. And, as Künkel relates, some of the images in this fine suite of photographs were the result of hair-raising negotiations with elephants on their native turf.

Few wildlife photographers have worked in such close proximity with their subjects, as he notes in some of the wry autobiographical vignettes that open his book. Künkel's 120-plus colour plates capture elephants in all aspects of their daily lives: eating, bathing, travelling, playing, fighting and, well, making other elephants.

Künkel has spent many years among elephants throughout East Africa and his familiarity with their ways affords his readers an exceptionally fine experience in armchair nature travel. This collection of photographs of African elephants captures their appeal whilst also raising the question, "Will they survive?" and if so, "how?". The text questions why their number is so reduced, and now they have been driven from the wild into national parks will they remain safe from poachers?

The Last Elephant ~Jeremy Gavron, Flamingo (Paperback - 21 February, 1994)

Synopsis
On the trail of the African elephant, Jeremy Gavron has woven a tale that is at once an adventurous journey, a philosophical investigation and an evocative portrait of Africa. This book reveals a creature that can feel pain and happiness, and that communicates in subtle ways with its own kind. But it also shows how the fight for the survival of the elephant, protected by some men, hunted down by others, has become a powerful metaphor for the battle of old Africa to survive in the modern world of automatic weapons and computers. It is this fragile environment, delicately balanced between progress and catastrophe, that Gavron captures.

A memorable and thought provoking book about the  plight of the elephant in Africa.    

 

GIRAFFE

Giraffes of Botswana ~Eduard Zingg (Hardcover - 1994)

Tall Blondes : A Book About Giraffes ~Lynn Sherr (Hardcover - August 1997)



 

 

 

 

GORILLA

Gorillas in the Mist ~Dian Fossey, Mariner Books (Paperback - October 2000)

 

 

 

 

Bonobo ~Frans De Waal, Frans Lanting (Photographer) (Hardcover - 22 April, 1997)

Synopsis
The bonobo, least known of the great apes, is a female-centred, egalitarian species that has been dubbed the "make-love-not-war" primate by specialists. In bonobo society females form alliances to intimidate males, sexual behaviour replaces aggression and serves many social functions, and unrelated groups mingle instead of fighting. The species's most striking achievement is not tool use or warfare, but sensitivity to others. Focusing on social organization, this text compares the bonobo with its better-known relative, the chimpanzee. The bonobo's relatively nonviolent behaviour and the tendency for females to dominate males confront the evolutionary models derived from observing the chimpanzee's male power politics, co-operative hunting and intergroup warfare. Further, the bonobo's frequent, and imaginitive sexual contacts, along with its low reproduction rate, belie the notion that the sole natural purpose of sex is procreation.

A Light Shining Through the Mist ~Tom Matthews (Hardcover - September 1998)

Synopsis
Traces the adventurous life of the American woman who worked as a zoologist among the mountain gorillas of the Virunga area of central Africa.

 

 

 

LEOPARD

A Time with Leopards ~Dale Hancock (Hardcover - April 2000)

Synopsis
Dale Hancock spent nearly two years "living" with the leopards of Mala Mala. After many disappointments, the perseverance of Dale, of Dave and his team mate Kim paid off, and they won the acceptance of a female and her offspring. This work tells of the leopard's birth and life struggles.

 

The Snow Leopard ~Peter Matthiessen, Vintage (Paperback - 1 January, 1998)

Synopsis
An account of the author's search for the rare snow leopard, travelling on foot from Kathmandu to the remote Crystal Mountain, high in the Himalayas by way of Annapurna. What began as an expedition became, for Mathiessen, a true pilgrimage of the heart. This utterly compelling and profound book won the US National Book Award.

 

CHEETAH

Cheetahs of the Serengeti Plains ~T.M. Caro (Hardcover - 6 June, 1994)

Synopsis
This text provides a comprehensive account of carnivore social behaviour. Synthesizing more than a decade of research in the wild, it offers a detailed account of the behaviour and ecology of cheetahs. Compared with other large cats, and other mammals, cheetahs have an unusual breeding system; whereas lions live in prides and tigers are solitary, some cheetahs live in groups while others live by themselves. Tim Caro explores group and solitary living among cheetahs and discovers that the causes of social behaviour vary dramatically, even within a single species. Why do cheetah cubs stay with their mother for a full year after weaning? Why do adolescents remain in groups? Why do adult males live in permanent associations with each other? Why do adult females live alone? Through observations on the costs and benefits of group living, Caro offers new insight into the complex behaviour of this species. For example, contrary to common belief about co-operative hunting in large carnivores, he shows that neither adolescents nor adult males benefit from hunting in groups. With many surprising findings, and through comparisons with other cat species, Caro enriches our understanding of the evolution of social behaviour and offers new perspectives on conservation efforts to save this endangered carnivore.

 

PANDA

The Last Panda ~George B. Schaller (Hardcover - April 1993)

Synopsis
Dependent on a shrinking supply of bamboo, hunted mercilessly for its pelt, and hostage to profiteering schemes once in captivity, the panda is on the brink of extinction. Here, acclaimed naturalist George Schaller uses his great evocative powers, and the insight gained by four and a half years in the forests of the Wolong and Tangjiahe panda reserves, to document the plight of these mysterious creatures and to awaken the human compassion urgently needed to save them.

 

WILD DOG

Running Wild : Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog
~John McNutt, et al (Hardcover - January 1997)

Synopsis
Looks at wild dogs that roam the African savanna, and their social behavior, hunting techniques, and how they raise their young.

 

 

 

PANTHER 

Swamp Screamer : At Large With the Florida Panther
~Charles Fergus (Paperback - February 1998)

Synopsis
This text tracks the 50 panthers that survive in Florida. It describes the people trying to save these creatures, including wildlife biologists attempting to preserve panther habitat and radical animal lovers who regard the panther as a symbol of their crusade on behalf of nature.

 

 

WOLF

Brother Wolf : A Forgotten Promise ~Jim Brandenburg (Hardcover - September 1993)

Synopsis
Pre-eminent wolf photographer, Jim Brandenberg, immersed himself deep in the American woods to live close to and document wild timber wolves. This book of narrative and photographs portrays the wolf's story, exploring the history and future of wolves, as well as their link with humans.

Wolves ~Nancy Gibson (Paperback - October 1996)

Synopsis

Nancy Gibson looks at the evolution, pack structure and territories of red and grey wolves and their interactions with humans.

The Great American Wolf ~Bruce Hampton (Hardcover - January 1997)

Synopsis

For over three hundred years, the wolf was North America's most hated and reviled animal, relentlessly persecuted to the point of extinction by the mid-twentieth century throughout most of Mexico, the continental United States, and southern Canada. Then, in a matter of several decades, both public and scientific opinion reversed itself. The wolf became not only tolerated, but greatly desired as an integral member of ecosystems by conservationists and biologists who sought to return the predator to portions of its former range. What followed was one of the longest and most bitterly-fought conservation battles in history, one that continues today. Weaving a rich tapestry of historical, scientific, and contemporary accounts into a compelling narrative, I have attempted to re-create this remarkable story in a dramatic, yet thoughtful and objective manner.

The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone ~Thomas McNamee (Paperback - May 1998)

 

 

 

 

Wolf Country : Eleven Years Tracking the Algonquin Wolves
~John B. Theberge, Mary T. Theberge (Hardcover - September 1998)

 

 

 

 

Society of Wolves ~Rick McIntyre (Hardcover - June 1994)

Synopsis
An excellent compilation of photographs and text capturing various types of wolves living in national parks and documenting their life cycles. This new revised edition explores the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, discussing possible wolf restoration in the North.

RHINOCEROS

Horn of Darkness : Rhinos on the Edge ~Carol Cunningham, Joel Berger (Hardcover - March 1997)
 
Synopsis
The worlds rhinoceroses face extinction because a part of their anatomy is valued too much. Poachers hunt and slaughter them because their horns are treasured. Once an estimated 100,000 black rhinos roamed from the Sahara to the Cape of Good Hope but now less than 3% remain. In all of Africa, there is but a single infenced population numbering more than 100 individuals, in the inhospitable barrens of the Namib Desert. The hunger for money has resulted in the deaths of more than 160 Zimbabwean poachers as they tried to kill fro the valuable horns, Few options remain to stop the deadly harvest, Although guarded sanctuaries may now be working in Kenya, elsewhere foot patrols, helicopters, and high tech solutions have been tried and most have failed. In 1989 a radical strategy has developed - cutting the horns, The rationale is simple. If a rhino has no horns, the incentive to kill it should disappear. What has since unfolded is a biological and political drama, Carol Cunningham and Joel Berger describe their passionate quest to help conserve Africa's black rhinos. Arriving with their 19 month old daughter in the fiercely independent country of Namibia, they undertook a fascinating study to understand how horns are involved in the social lives of this charismatic species. This book blends natural history and biology, adventure and adrenaline. Africans and local attitudes. It moves beyond the typical nature study by bringing in real world components of conservation - the delicate mix of western science, politics and economics, and personal despair and hope.

 

ANIMAL AND BIRD GUIDES

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa ~Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart

Synopsis
A comprehensive field guide which can be used to identify the larger mammals of Africa. Each species account gives the animal's common name as well as its scientific name, its identifying characteristics and information on size, habitat and behaviour.

 

 

Birds of Africa ~Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart (Hardcover - 1 November, 1999)

Synopsis
A comprehensive account of the birds of Africa. The text covers all the avifaunal families that occur in Africa, discusses the species that occur within each family, and provides representative examples of each family in depth. Also included is a general introduction to the major avifaunal regions of Africa - the Ethiopian and Palearctic regions - as well as discussions on the African avifaunal fossil record and the evolution, conservation and habitat diversity of African birds. There are colour photographs and line drawings to aid identification.

Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania ~Dale Zimmerman, et al (Hardcover - 31 July, 1996)

Synopsis
Kenya has an ornithological species list of over 1300, reserves in which to see the birds, and organized tours throughout the country. This guide to seeing birds in Kenya and Northern Tanzania covers every species to have occurred in the regions, and illustrates them all. It covers the essentials of identification and offers information on all the species. The book contains 1000 distribution maps.

Collins Photo Guide: African Wildlife ~ Peter C. Alden, et al (Paperback - 2 June, 1997)

Synopsis
This illustrated field guide to the wildlife of Afica features 300 birds, 200 mammals and many reptiles and insects. It can also be used as a reference work on African wildlife, with details of behaviour and biology, as well as all the key identification features.

 

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals ~Jonathan Kingdon(Illustrator), Academic Press (Hardcover - January 1997)

Book Description
Jonathan Kingdon, one of the foremost authorities on African mammals, has written and illustrated this new field guide which sets new standards in African mammalogy. The author covers all the known species of African land mammals in a concise text providing full information on identification, distribution, ecology, evolutionary relationships, and conservation status. The focus is always on the mammals as seen in the field and on their ecology and evolutionary interrelationships. Introductory profiles summarize the characteristics of the various mammal groups, and the author simplifies many of the more complex groups of mammals by referencing genera. Twelve newly recognized species of bushbaby, fourteen newly named gibbons, guenons, and mangabeys and nine newly described colobus monkeys, contribute to a modern treatment of the monkeys. New species of bats, rodents, and fox as well as a fully revised listing of the duikers, squirrels and genets are included.

Kingdon combines his long personal experience of life in Africa and his artistic talent with the best that modern natural history and biological science can offer. With over 480 colour pictures and 280 maps covering some 1150 mammal species, this book is an essential companion to all visiting Africa or with an interest in the mammals of the continent.

Synopsis
The author seeks to cover all the known species of African land mammal in this text, providing full information on identification, distribution, ecology, evolutionary relationships and conservation status. The focus is always on the mammals as seen in the field and on their ecology and evolutionary interrelationships. Introductory profiles summarize the characteristics of the various mammal groups and the author simplifies many of the more complex groups of mammals by referencing genera. The author combines his long personal experience of life in Africa with natural history and biological science to create this comprehensive reference work.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife
~Peter Alden, et al Alfred A. Knopf (Leather Bound - October 1995)

Book Description

The first and only field guide to offer comprehensive coverage of the African continent, this guide sends the reader on a virtual safari.  All the birds, mammals, reptiles and insects are brought to life, and the parks and reserves for which the continent is famous are described in thorough detail.  The guide is packed with 577 stunning colour photographs of African habitats and animals, and provides a wealth of information on more than 850 species.

Insight Guide East African Wildlife ~Geoffrey Eu(Editor), Langenscheidt Publishers (Paperback - January 1998)

Synopsis
It was Ernest Hemingway who popularized the old Swahili verb to travel - safari - in his stories on big-game hunting in East Africa. The region, with its vast landscapes, native culture and profusion of wildlife, held an endless fascination for him. This edition focuses on all the facts necessary for a rewarding journey to this exotic location. It combines essential information on animals and their habitats, with features on specific safaris. There is also a country-by-country guide to the game parks of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Eastern Zaire. The book includes comprehensive local maps and name registers. There are also tips on travel, excursions, accommodation and restaurants.

 

GENERAL WILDLIFE

The BBC Natural History Unit's Wildlife Specials ~ BBC Natural History Unit, Sir David Attenborough (Hardcover - September 1998)

Synopsis
Based on a series of BBC television programmes featuring six of the most charismatic animals on Earth, this illustrated text offers insights into the lives of the polar bear, wolf, crocodile, eagle, leopard and humpback whale. The contributors include: Martha Holmes, who followed the polar bear throughout its Arctic range and whose experiences included an emergency rescue from a drifting ice floe; Mike Richards, who trekked through dense forests in the Philippines to film a rare monkey-eating eagle; Mike Salisbury, whose team were encircled by wild buffalo seeking to escape a hungry wolf pack; Karen Bass, who explored the world of the crocodile; Amanda Barrett who, together with her colleague Owen Newman, used infra-red lights to film leopards hunting baboons at night; and Andy Byatt, whose team filmed humpback whales from a boat and a specially constructed remote-controlled airship, as well as underwater.

The Living Wild ~ Art Wolfe (Photographer), et al (Hardcover - 29 September 2000)  

Synopsis
A celebration in photographs of the most spectacular of the world's animals and their environments. As we look into the new millennium we are in danger of destroying our planet's wonderful diversity of life. Art Wolfe has created this portrait of the animals that we still have time to save, examining those now considered extremely rare, and celebrating the successes of their conservation. Covering 42 countries across seven habitats, from polar to tropical, from oceanic islands to high mountains, he takes us to areas inaccessible to even the most determined of travellers. There are essays by leading naturalists and field notes for each photograph.

 

Killers in Africa: The Truth about Animals Lying in Wait and Hunters Lying in Print ~Alexander Lake, Mike Resnick (Introduction) Paperback - November 2000

 

 

 

 

Eye to Eye ~Frans Lanting (Photographer) (Hardcover - September 1997)

Synopsis
With his camera and telephoto lens, Frans Lanting seeks to act as a go-between to document insights into the animal kingdom for the reader. The book includes over 130 colour photographs as well as three fold-out pages.

 

Jungles ~Frans Lanting, Christine Eckstrom (Editor) (Hardcover - 19 October, 2000)

Synopsis
This work depicts the patterns of life in the tropics, from gatherings of rainbow coloured macaws to the misty forest at dawn. Through photographs and text, this book chronicles rugged expeditions into remote tropical wilderness from the island of Madagascar to the mountains of Borneo.


 

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