In honor of World Wildlife Day (and because, really, every day should be World Wildlife Day) we’ve picked a few of our favorite wildlife-themed books to share as this week’s Friday Reads. Keep reading to see our picks, and click here to view all of our wildlife & nature books on our website!
Wildlife of the Okavango
A remarkable variety of animals and plants occur in the magnificent wilderness region surrounding the Okavango Delta. This guide to the more common and conspicuous wildlife of Moremi, Chobe, Mudumo and other sanctuaries of northern Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip is an easy-to-use, all-in-one field reference.
With over 300 species descriptions illustrated with color photographs, information on geology, climate and habitats, as well as useful tips on watching and identifying wildlife, this guide makes it easier than ever to identify the eagle circling above your camp, the antelope splashing through the wetlands, the fishes of the waterways, or the prominent trees.
Hunter of the Dunes
Written in an accessible style, Eloff imparts information about the physical characteristics of the Kalahari lion, its habitat, role in the ecosystem and interaction with humans. The book concludes with the stories of a number of legendary male and female lions, and the author’s view on the survival of these magnificent animals in an ever changing environment.
Fritz Eloff was professor of Zoology at the University of Pretoria and was also well known in rugby circles. He regularly participated in radio programmes on nature, thus becoming known for his expertise throughout South Africa.
The World of Birds
The entries are grouped by order, then within each order by family (and, where necessary, within each family by subfamilies); each family section contains examples of the key species, which are illustrated with beautifully detailed, full-color artworks. For easy reference, each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitat, distribution, diet and breeding. There is also fascinating text explaining the major characteristics of the featured bird.
Presented in a pocket-book size, the book is handy for taking with you when bird watching. With excellent color artworks, an at-a-glance table of information and authoritative text, Birds will appeal to anyone interested in the natural world.
Elephants have long been targeted by humans: not only are they killed for their ivory, but their extraordinary strength, intelligence and charisma have seen some of them captured, chained and effectively jailed for life.
Bully and Induna are two African elephants, both orphaned in organized culling operations and destined for lives in captivity. Growing up far apart and quite differently, Bully (a former animal film star) and the less fortunate Induna were both driven to react to their circumstances – Induna even killed one of his carers. Their individual situations reached a point where both were considered to be dangerous animals and were under threat of being put down.
This is the true story of their lives. Conservationist Richard Peirce presents their individual narratives and the twists and turns of their fortunes: the exploitation of these majestic but sensitive animals, how they each came to be trapped in unsuitable ‘employment’ and shunted about from one venue to the next, before finding one another – free at last – on a farm in southern Africa.