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by Chris Stuart,Tilde Stuart

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa download ebook
Chris Stuart,Tilde Stuart
Ralph Curtis Publishing (January 1, 2000)
272 pages
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They are well-known authors of numerous books including Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa, Pocket Guide: Mammals of East Africa, Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife and Dangerous Creatures of Africa and have also published numerous scientific papers and popular articles on a wide range of topics. Start reading Stuarts' Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa on your Kindle in under a minute.

Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 - all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide

Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 - all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide.

Tilde Stuart, Chris Stuart. Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide. While the term African mammals conjures up the more celebrated species of elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino, it is in fact the smaller animals shrews, genets, suricates and bats that comprise the bulk of the region's mammal species.

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Tilde Stuart, Mathilde Stuart, Chris Stuart. Another new feature is the inclusion of skulls, grouped at the back of the book for easy comparison.

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Back in 1991, Chris and Tilde Stuart’s Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa was the first field guide I ever brought. I have several guides to some or all of southern Africa but none has this level of mammalian coverage for any of the countries in southern Africa, let alone the whole region. Nor are any as useful. The book covers the lower third of the continent, south from Angola, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, a total of 337 – all of which are covered in this fully revised comprehensive field guide. And, often overlooked but included here too is the diversity of marine mammals – seals, whales and dolphins – that are found in our oceans. Read full description. See details and exclusions. Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa by Chris Stuart, Tilde Stuart (Paperback, 2007). Brand new: lowest price.

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An excellent identification guide featuring brief individual accounts combined with high quality color illustrations of the 337 mammals found in Southern Africa including whales and dolphins. Accounts provide basic information on the appearance, distribution, habitat, behavior, food and reproduction of each species. Over 500 high quality color photos and paintings, b/w illustrations, and distribution maps.
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See the Amazon description for the updated features to this edition.

This the updated version of the Stuart's popular " Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa."
In now includes Angola, Zambia and Malawi.
The book is significantly larger-- I by just over 150 pages.
I have both the older Kindle edition and this newer one

The animal descriptions are excellent
Basic details
It starts with a brief summary in a green shaded box.
It gives the animal's common name and zoolological name.
Next length,height at shoulder,weight of male/female. If the animal has horns, details are given.. ( photos often show the horns, and there may be a shot of a young male ( no horns) and a mature male.)
Main pointers to identification are carefully summarised.
( later on the animal's footprint is given and their height off the ground compared to a shadow adult man )
There is a distribution map of the animals current range, a number of maps note the historic range in a different colour.

These are usually shown in the photos.
However some entries also get line diagrams of horns at various ages. Examples include
Black Wildebeest horns at 6, 12,24, 36 and 48 months.
The Greater Kudu, whose horns have a beautiful spiral are possibly the most beautiful. In the mature bull there is a "double "spiral These changes are shown from 9 months to that of a mature Bull in its prime in some 6 stages that take well over30 months plus
Horn structure that change with time are shown for some other antelope. I found these diagrams interesting.

The photos are excellent.Where a number of books have one , there are often several.
Where there is a difference between male and female this is often shown.
Shots of mother's with young are fairly frequent.. Some antelope hide their young for a period after their birth. In the section on Puku , there is a good photo of a Puku lamb curled up hidden in longish grass.
Important points of identification are captured in the shots, in some cases to make sure you got the point, a clear detail shot or inset is included-- the black stripe on the Impala's buttock area., or the black blaze on the face of the Black faced Impala.-- I could pick more difficult examples , but this is just to make a point about their attention to detail and keenness for you to grasp the details better. ( I am currently struggling to get clear in my mind various antelope,bucks and bocks etc and I have found both their descriptions and pictures very helpful.)
The photos are of a good size. They upscale well on the IPad
The descriptions give details on animal identification,distribution, habitat, behaviour, food, social features, reproduction, longevity etc.
These descriptions are fairly full and certainly informative.

There is a very useful A--Z common animal name linked access at the front of the book.
If you want Zebra, push Zebra.
If you want Hyraxes push Hyraxes and so on.
The Stuart's have continued to improve their excellent guide.
It now includes Angola, Zambia and Malawi. New species from these areas are included in the book.-- sorry I am still tracking them down.
What makes the book for me-- the plentiful and excellent photos often showing male / female shots and some female shots may have the female with their offspring. Helpful shot of points of identification are often included.
Almost as good is their text which covers many matters you want to know about as you get to know the animals better.
All in all , this is an excellent book .
It works well on my IPad Kindle Reader.
It is excellent value for money
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I have both is version and the UPDATED version from 2015.
The 2015 version has all the features the Stuart's are well known for. It is fuller.
The pictures are excellent and at least to me there seems to be more if them-- hard to say how much more but enough to really please me.
"Stuart's Feild guide to
Mammals of Southern Africa including Angola, Zambia and Malawi "
Authors as above.
It is well worth considering.
I have reviewed it.

I bought the Kindle version of this book.
I am viewing it on an IPad with a Retinal Screen.
The Mammals are grouped by Families-- the zoological Name is Given but examples of the Common Name are Given.
This gives quick ascess to the information
The text is fairly full. It covers identification, and details about the animal, whether they live in groups etc etc
There is a location map for where each animal is found
Often the animal is shown next to a full grown human to give you an idea of how high it stands of the ground.
Footprints are given where available with a scale in mm
Horn development by age are shown for Wildebeest and some Antelope
The photos are excellent.
Some species only get one one , others more
There is cross referencing in the text which takes you to the referenced spot.
I have learned a lot from looking through the book-- at present I am trying to get the various Antelope and related species into my head , so that I can identify them, and fit the right information to each group
Highly recommended
  • Gorisar
Excellent field guide. Might be a little too heavy to carry in the field, but it would be an excellent reference to peruse when back in camp. I'm looking forward to using it.
  • Tegore
this is not a narrative with lots of television style nature gee whiz stuff, but it is practical, thorough, and seems to me accurate, with enough interesting detail to keep me coming back to it, to familiarize myself with what I might see on a trip to southern Africa. it is handy to have a field guide in my kindle, no extra weight to take it along.
  • Levaq
Very informative. Really enjoyed.
  • Uscavel
Great book, complete and thorough.
  • Dandr
excellent photos and text
Chris Stuart is a well-known author of books on mammals of Africa. This is an excellent book for persons visiting national parks like Kruger in southern Africa and who want to be able to identify the animals they see.