This book covers the geology, flora and fauna of the Lowveld, but it is much more than simply another field guide to the Kruger National Park and its surrounds.
The author, Megan Emmett, is both a guide and, from the point of the book, more importantly, an instructor of other guides. Illustrated with photographs by Sean Pattrick, this is a textbook for aspirant field guides. This makes it very useful for everyone. It is also written in a manner which makes it accessible to those who lack formal tertiary education.
The section on mammals is divided into The Big Five, Common Mammals, Predators and Small Nocturnal Mammals. Each has got statistics of the animal together with some interesting information.
The section on birds deals with bird song, colour, hygiene, feeding, breeding, nests, and the relationships of birds with one another and to other animals.
Reptiles and amphibians get their own section, as do insects and other invertebrates. Thereafter the book deals with trees, grasses and wildflowers, ending with a section on tracking and the index and referencing.
The book is a softcover which opens fully which means it is user friendly. It can be consulted and left open on an empty seat or the dashboard of a vehicle. It is sufficiently informative to be useful but sufficiently compact to be portable. The pages are colour coded which makes finding information even easier once one has mastered the layout of the book.
If one is only going to take one book out in the vehicle when one heads out of camp, this is strong candidate, especially for keen but less experienced naturalists. It is certainly a useful resource for enthusiasts who wish to know more and is particularly worthwhile for those studying towards lower level accreditation as field guides.
Title: Game Ranger in Your Backpack
Sub-title: All-in-one interpretive guide to the Lowveld
Author: Megan Emmett
Photographer: Sean Pattrick
Publishers: Briza Publications
Recommended Selling Price: Unknown
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