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  1. The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals
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  2. The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

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    Customer Ratings (78 reviews)
    Price R424.00

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The first comprehensive guide to watching and understanding the behaviors of African wildlife. Designed to be carried along on a wildlife-viewing safari, the guide allows even a novice wildlife observer to understand the behavior of nearly one hundred large mammals, from antelopes, hippos and elephants to lions, monkeys and gorillas. 100 illustrations.

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Richard D. Estes
Brand: Chelsea Green Pub Co
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

More then a simple field guide, this book focuses on East African mammalian behavior and social organizations. Much contemporary research on mammalian behavior informs the chapters. Line drawings take the place of the color photographs (that you would find in many other guides), which give it a nice retro feel. Nevertheless, it has a modern organizational schema with lots of boldfaced subheading and bullet points which make it easy to find information quickly. There are icon-based labels that allows the reader to identify the characteristics of each species social organization. Descriptions of social organization, play, courtship behaviors, territoriality, parenting patterns allow observers to interpret their observations in the field while on safari. It's like having a naturalist along with you, pointing out the subtleties of animal behaviors and communication.

In some parts of the book, there is specific information about wildlife populations. For example, in the section... Read more
Taking pictures of the Big 5 is great fun on a safari. However, too many safari-goers simply take pictures without understanding the animals they're observing. A lot of guidebooks give you information on how to identify a species, but don't really tell you much about the animals themselves (and unfortunately most guides and drivers aren't much help either). Richard Estes' The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates is a great remedy to this. Estes treats the major African mammals with the detail of a graduate biology textbook, explaining their evolutionary history, diet, and behavior. Each chapter follows a set, easy-to-follow pattern with key information. They also include a pictorial guide to each animal's behaviors (with images of how, for example, hyenas behave when they're submissive)... Read more
More of a reference book than a reading book, at least for me: nonetheless I at least skimmed every page, so I feel fair counting it toward my annual total. Unlike most field guides, which tell you what the animals look like and how to find them, this book concentrates on the animals' typical behavior and how to understand what you see when you watch them.

It is, frankly, repetitious and more than a bit boring. But such is the price of information sometimes.

The illustrations, by Daniel Otte, are quite beautiful.
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