#WildlifeWednesday

Apparently #WildlifeWednesday is a thing on Twitter (at least today!) so we’re sharing these fantastic books on African Wildlife! Keep reading for more info on these books: 

Africa’s Big Five
Of all Africa’s wildlife, none has captured the imagination more than those species that have come over the years to be known as the big five. Whether the biggest, the most beautiful, the fiercest or most formidable, these animals are the ones that have the power to remind us of our insignificance in the face of the true kings of the savannas. This is a truly magnificent record of Africa’s Big Five.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Stuarts’ Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa
This 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.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Wild Ways
• Why would a mongoose groom an impala?
• Why are elephants so interested in their dead?
• Which antelope eats small mammals? Wild Ways brings to life the fascinating behavior of southern Africa’s mammals, not only what mammals do, but also the often-surprising reasons why. From the spectacular big game of national parks to the bats and rodents that live on farms and in cities, Wild ways covers all the mammal species that outdoor enthusiasts are likely to see. Written in plain language for visitors to wildlife areas, hikers, hunters, farmers and nature lovers in general, this updated new-look guide brings together the latest research results from the African bush and is packed with new information in a reader-friendly format.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Grasses and Grazers of Botswana
An accessible reference to the grasses and grazers of this region, Veronica Roodt’s book details the fascinating ways in which these plants and animals have evolved together. The book addresses:
• the role of grasses in the food chain
• grass anatomy and growth
• 98 grass species (includes sketches and photographs of each species) that are preferred livestock and wild game fodder and that serve as indicators of veld condition
• how grazers have evolved to survive on grasses, both physically and in terms of their behaviour
• significant grazers that occur in the region and that play a vital role in shaping the savanna biome, and
• effective grassland management practices.
Nature lovers, farmers, students and tourists who seek an in-depth look at the interactions between grasses and the grazers that depend on them for life need look no further than this invaluable guide.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of South, Central & East African Wildlife
Originally published in 1994, A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife quickly became the standard reference to the subject in the region, reprinting many times. This new edition provides the most detailed coverage of tracks, droppings, bird pellets, nests and shelters and feeding signs, not only for mammals, but also for birds, reptiles, insects and other invertebrates.
Greatly expanded, this extensive update now features: full color throughout; many more examples of all tracks and signs; photographs of animal species to supplement the numerous examples of tracks and signs; coverage of central African species; additional quick reference keys.
The new edition retains the unique approach that made the first edition so popular, allowing readers to navigate quickly, by means of keys, to the pertinent information. Keys on the inside covers help readers access information even faster.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

A Photographic Guide to Snakes, Other Reptiles, and Amphibians of East Africa
This compact guide to East Africa’s snakes, other reptiles and amphibians has long been a trusted travelling companion on trips to the wildlife areas and nature reserves of the region. Now comprehensively revised, expanded and updated, this new edition features • authoritative text describing key identification features; • full-color photographs illustrating 274 of the most commonly encountered, rare and beautiful species; • distribution maps showing the range of each species; • thumbnail outlines of each family group, enabling quick identification.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa
This new larger edition is based on the recently updated fourth edition of the standard-format Sasol Birds of Southern Africa. The region’s best-selling, most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide, it offers: Rewritten species accounts, now with group introductions; Newly designed plates for ease of use and comparison; More than 380 new improved illustrations; Illustrations with simplified labels, pinpointing key differentiating features; Updated distribution maps showing relative abundance and indicating resident or migrant status; Calendar bars showing species’ occurrence and breeding periods, and sonograms depicting the calls of difficult-to-distinguish birds that have distinctive calls. The larger format allows for better appreciation and easier use of the plates.
REVIEWS
The Larger illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair, Hockey, Tarboton, and Ryan is a second and much larger edition of this already famous guide to birds in the lower regions of Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa. The region includes birds around the Indian Ocean as well as The Atlantic Ocean. The huge compendium is the recognized Bird-Watchers guide par excellence. The hundreds of birds are classified by size, wingspan, weight, region, and beautiful full-color pictures help identify every bird and place it with its relatives. It is a magnanimous work! Excellent!!”
Bonnie Neely, Amazon top reviewer, Real Travel Adventures, 2014/06/28
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Southern African Mammals Made Simple
Southern African Mammals Made Simple is an exciting new mammal identification guide that uses a novel 3-stage ID system to identify even the most obscure mammals. For each of the 115 species, there is a photograph and drawing highlighting the animal’s distinctive features, a description and a distribution map. An easy-to-use and foolproof ID guide, it is ideal for anyone with an interest in southern African mammals. Ingenious, easy-to-use and virtually foolproof, it offers step-by-step progress towards sure identification. Written in a concise, structured format, it is ideal for taking on trips to the game reserve, and for novices right through to more experienced naturalists. Excellent for use in game parks or just to demystify similar-looking mammal species.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Chamberlain’s Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands
This book describes the bird life of the region embracing Madagascar, the Seychelles group, the Comoros and the Mascarenes (comprising Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues) – a region that hosts nearly 400 species, many endemic. All are fully described, giving ID features, preferred habitats, status, calls, distribution maps and full-color illustrations. The book includes useful guide-type maps and practical birding tips. The 70+ superb plates are by Norman Arlott, Hilary Burn, Peter Hayman and Ian Lewington – among the world’s leading bird artists. Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands is the comprehensive guide to the bird life of a region that embraces Madagascar, the Seychelles group, the Comoros and the Mascarenes (comprising Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues). Together, these magical islands and the warm surrounding ocean host a total of nearly 400 regularly encountered species, many of them endemic to the area. All bird species of the region are fully described, giving identification features, preferred habitats, current status and vocalization. Accurate distribution maps accompany all species. Full-color illustrations show diagnostic plumage features. A special chapter, incorporating useful guide-type maps, discusses the practicalities of birding in the region’s main locations.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

A Complete Guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa
Following in the format and style of Complete Guide to Snakes of SA and Guide to Reptiles of SA, this guide offers the most authoritative and comprehensive treatment of frogs of the region ever produced. It covers all aspects of both frog and tadpole biology and behavior and a detailed treatment of each frog and toad species found in the region. Sonograms for each frog call are featured and the book will be packaged with a CD of all southern African frog calls.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Pocket Guide to Mammals of East Africa
This Pocket Guide to Mammals of East Africa rounds up all the mammals you are most likely to see in the region. It offers clear, full-color photographs, concise text, distribution maps, footprints and size indicators for some 130 animals, making for quick and easy identification. Written by experts in the field, this handy, compact volume will be an indispensable guide for local people and visitors to the region alike.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Wildlife of South Africa
A handy, all-in-one photographic field guide to the wildlife of South Africa, this guide covers the region’s mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and trees most likely to be seen, with concise accounts and distribution maps for each species. A brief introduction discusses geology, climate, vegetation zones, wildlife hotspots, and tips on watching wildlife.
REVIEWS
“This is the guide you will want to take with you for a safari in South Africa, so that you can identify almost every living thing you see! The book has about 150 pages with four beautiful color photos to a page and a paragraph about each one. The sections are Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Frogs, Trees & Shrubs. For each photo the specimen is named with common and scientific names, and the length and status, and the best viewing tips are given for each. Each one is described in detail, including the mating habits, feeding habits, color, the sounds it makes, and many interesting details to help you identify and remember each one you see. This book is a MUST for anyone going to ANY African country. We were in Tanzania and the book easily identified all that we saw there. Highly recommended!”
Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures and Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer, 2010/01/05
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Chameleons of Southern Africa
Chameleons are fascinating creatures: they almost always evoke in people a strong response — be it delight, wonder or fear. Chameleons of Southern Africa explores this interesting group of lizards and discusses their strange and unusual, sometimes unnerving, characteristics. It presents an overview of all types of chameleons (of which there are up to 160 species in total, worldwide), their history, geographic distribution (restricted mainly to Madagascar and Africa), reproduction, behavior and their relationships to each other. It also contains a clear identification guide to all southern African species – some 25 have been identified to date – together with distribution maps and colorful photographs of their many features and guises. For interested students, gardeners, naturalists and even just the curious, Chameleons of Southern Africa is an essential guide to these intriguing lizards.
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa
This new guide will be of great value to entomologists, both amateur and professional, as well as to students, nature conservation officers, game rangers, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in natural history. An introductory chapter discusses the insect body, life history, classification and distribution patterns and relatives of southern African insects. It also touches on collecting, displaying and curating insects and explains ‘How to use this book’.
REVIEWS
“This new guide will be of great value to entomologists, both amateur and professional, as well as to students, nature conservation officers, game rangers, gardeners, farmers, tourists and anyone with an interest in natural history. An introductory chapter discusses the insect body, life history, classification and distribution patterns and relatives of southern African insects. It also touches on collecting, displaying and curating insects and explains ‘How to use this book’. A useful photographic guide to the insects of the region.”
Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report, Guardian Newspapers, 2012/05/06
“Featuring full-color photography of over 1,200 insect species, Field Guide To Insects Of South Africa is a comprehensive guide to insect fauna of South Africa, now in an updated 2004 edition. Senior Zoology Lecturer Mike Picker, Associate Zoology Professor Charles Griffiths, and retired entomologist Alan Weaving combine their knowledge and expertise in this guide that offers extensive identification details, maps of regional habitats, and basic biology information allowing for quick and simple field identification of insect species. An index of scientific names, and an introduction to insect hunting and classification round out this easy-to-use guide for amateur nature lovers and professional zoologists alike.”
Midwest Book Review
“Even those insect lovers not living in or bound for South Africa will want a copy of the guide. Clarity defines every aspect of the effort. The introductory material hits just the right general notes regarding life cycle and taxonomic matters. The photographs mesmerize. All or most seem to have been taken with insects in situ. And it not just the showy and clever mimics, such as flower mantids of Hymenopodidae, that get hold of the mind. Every photograph tantalizes the desire to know more, see more, and get out and observe nature. The succinct text gives enough details to ensure that the ways and likely whereabouts of a family are understood. Peculiarities such as the order Strepsitera in which the parasitic females never live apart from the insect host while the males fly freely are described well. A one-page essay on insect photography addresses the depth-of-field issue that all photographers of the six-legged world know well. Indexes to scientific and common names, a further reading list, a list of Websites, and a glossary fortify what is simply a splendid book.”
American Reference Book Annual, Volume 37
Available now. You can purchase a copy here on our website, or from any major bookseller.

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