Editor’s Picks: 5 Books on African Wildlife

Africa is home to some of the world’s most majestic and exotic wildlife. Lions, buffalo, elephants, sharks; the animals that call Africa their habitat are incredibly varied, endlessly captivating, and you can often find them on the endangered species list. The five books you’ll find below are filled with stunning photographs and interesting facts about these remarkable creatures.


Big Five of Africa
9781770071575Here’s a superb collection of in-your-face images of Africa’s magnificent Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Award-winning wildlife photographer Gerald Hinde has long been enthralled by these magnificent animals and has spent countless hours in the field, experiencing them in all their different moods and behaviors. Big Five of Africa beautifully reproduces some of the more remarkable moments he has captured on film during his visits to the wildlife sanctuaries of southern and East Africa. Brief but informative text introduces each animal in turn, providing interesting insights into the nature of these formidable, yet compelling, creatures.
Buy it here $20.00

The Reef Guide
9781775840183The Reef Guide documents some 800 reef fish and invertebrates found along the east and south coasts of southern Africa. Following on the success of Dennis King’s earlier two titles, this impressive new guide features 578 species of fish and includes sections on anemones, starfish, snails, crabs, lobsters, and shrimps. Full-color photographs for each species, along with useful and interesting information, make for easy identification. The book offers:
• 578 species of marine fish
• 228 invertebrate species, including corals, nudibranchs, anemones, starfish, crabs, lobsters, worms, and shrimps
• Full color photos for easy identification
• Detailed introductions for each section, with concise descriptions of each species
• Illustrations to assist with the identification of fish families While focusing on southern Africa, the book has relevance way beyond and is applicable to the entire east coast of Africa, as well as the islands of the western Indian Ocean – Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, the Comoros and the Maldives. Indispensable for divers, snorkelers and rock-pool enthusiasts, as well as fisherman and marine aquarists.
Buy it here $28.95

The Bushveld, 2nd Edition 
9781920143534This revised, updated, and expanded second edition of Lee Gutteridge’s comprehensive field guide covers a broad cross section of the most prominent species of flora and fauna of the South African Bushveld, including large parts of the Kruger Lowveld; all combined into one user-friendly manual that can be used by tourists and professional field guides alike. With over 4,200 color photographs, sketches, and diagrams describing over 1,300 species, laid out in accessible, color-coded sections, everything you’ll need to know on a Bushveld safari is in here. Some of South Africa’s foremost experts in their particular disciplines have contributed to this guide, with Vincent Carruthers and Louis du Preez (amphibians); Jonathan Leeming (scorpions and spiders); Louis Liebenberg (tracking); Paul van Gaalen, Hendri Coetzee, and Adam Riley (birds); Rolf Becker and Alma Moller (euphorbias); Teresa Kearney and Ernest Seamark (bats); Marieka Gryzenhout (fungi); Johan Marais and Jens Reissig (reptiles); Marius Coetzee (birds and mammals); and Frits van Oudtshoorn (grasses) being but a few of the renowned professionals who have so enthusiastically supported this project.
Buy it here $49.95

Birds of Southern Africa: The Complete Photographic Guide 
9781770073883This photographic field guide to the birds of southern Africa presents more than 2,500 images showing a wide selection of age and sex plumage variations, perched and in-flight birds, and color morphs where relevant, making it the most comprehensive collection of bird photographs of the region ever produced in a single volume.

Accompanying text focuses on identification, call, status, breeding details, and diet. Also included for each species is a distribution map and a calendar bar indicating occurrence and breeding months.

Buy it here $35.95

Stuarts’ Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa 
9781775841111This is a fully revised edition of the Stuart’s best-selling field guide to southern Africa’s extraordinary wealth of mammal species – from tiny shrews to the iconic Big Five, and including those that live in the sea. Clear, detailed text, distribution maps, and color photographs enable quick identification, and there’s information on diet, habitat, habits, and silhouettes of tracks and skulls.

This new edition brings all information up to date, along with revised distribution data and many new photographs. Its coverage is expanded to include Angola, Zambia, Malawi, and northern Mozambique.
Buy it here $28.95

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