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Unread postby Batmad » Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:25 pm

Hi there

here are some books that i would recomend:

1) roberts bird guide
2) mammels of southern africa by chris and tilde stuwert
3) trees of southern africa
4) frogs and froging of southern africa by vincent carruthers
5) bats of southern africa by Peter john taylor
6) snakes of southern africa by johan maries

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Unread postby Batmad » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:00 pm

there is probaley no book that includes all of that but if you are looking for a beginners guide i would probaley suggest "mammals of southern Africa" which is written by Chris and tilde Stewart.
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Unread postby restio » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:12 pm

Graham, are you looking more for an identification guide, or more for a book about behaviour, or for an ID guide that also has nice info about the animals? This will help us do more useful recommendations.

Have a look at the thread on Recommended books.

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Unread postby Jen » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:30 pm

Hi

As a reference guide (Mammals only) in my opinion can't beat "The Behaviour Guide to African Mammals" by Richard Estes.

If you take one book on Safari then it has to be "The wildlife of Southern Africa" by Vincent Carruthers - includes Mammals, Reptiles, Trees, Flowers, Birds & Grasses. Basic but great for a quick ID.
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Unread postby restio » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:31 pm

In that case, I recommend Wild Ways by Peter Apps. No good for identification, but superb for learning more about animal behaviour. :D

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Unread postby rayb » Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:40 pm

I think you'll find more books than you can shake a stick at graham, especially at Skukuza. Our well thumbed ident. bible is A Field Guide Mammals of South Africa by Bruger Cillie ISBN 0 620 10367 1.

Why not see what's in your local library for general information?
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Unread postby anne catherine » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:26 pm

On our return from KNP last february , we bought at Tambo international airport " BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH " ,mammals, by TREVOR CARNABY .
It's a book about mammals behaviour ,under the form of questions you can ask you ,like :
are wild dogs cruel hunters ,why are birds often associated with mammals , can hippos sleep and feed under water etc ....

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Unread postby saraf » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:41 pm

I have 2.

Field Guide to the Mammals of The Kruger National Park by Heike Schutze ISBN 1-86872-594-4 published by Struik

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa by Burger Cillie ISBN 1-875093-45-1 published by Briza.

Either of these would be suitable as they are fairly detailed without being overwhelming and have some nice photos to help with id.

If you can find one, the Honeyguide Kruger National Park Map is excellent for drawings of the all the animals and common birds that can be found in the park. If you can't get one at the gate one of the shops will have one. Not too good for detailed behaviour but invaluable for quickly identifying a "spot". You can't miss it - it's got a lion on the front.
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