The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Dec 1, 1999 - Nature - 459 pages
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Since its original publication in 1993, The Safari Companion has been the best field guide to observing and understanding the behavior of African mammals. An indispensable tool for naturalists traveling to Africa, this new edition has been revised to acknowledge the enthusiasm to those watching these magnificent animals at zoos and wildlife parks, and on film.

The Safari Companion enables readers to recognize and interpret visible behavioral activities, such as courtship rituals, territorial marking, aggression, and care of young. Each account of over 80 species includes a behavioral table in which the unique actions of the hoofed mammals, carnivores, and primates are described for easy reference. In addition, useful maps show the major national boundaries, vegetation zones, and game parks relevant to the guide. The book includes an extensive glossary, as well as tips on wildlife photography, a list of organizations working to protect African wildlife, and advice on where and when to see the animals.



  

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User Review  - maybedog - LibraryThing

This is an amazing book and I'm angry that I hadn't heard of it when I went to Africa. I would have taken it everywhere. Very thorough, this book has descriptions of a large quantity of the most ... Read full review

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Most of our books on animal behavior generalize. Readers will find descriptions of the behaviors of antelopes or felines and will have to apply the information to the species that they are studying ... Read full review

Contents

OBSERVING AFRICAN MAMMALS
2
ANTELOPES AND OTHER RUMINANTS
15
5 DUIKERS
33
DWARF ANTELOPES
40
Otihi Ourebia omebi
52
REEDBUCKKOB TRIBE
71
HORSE ANTELOPE5
94
HARTEBEFST TRIBE
104
ELEPHANT Loxoclranta africanae
223
INTRODUCING CARNIVORES
234
GENETS AND CIVETS
242
HYENA FAMILY
281
Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta
290
CAT FAMILY
301
DOG FAMILY
331
Golden Jilckal Crlnis awreus
339

IMPALA Aepyceros melampus
127
Nyala T angasii
143
AFRICAN OR CAPE BUFFALO Syncerus caffer
158
camclopardalis
164
OTHER HOOFED MAMMALS
171
1? HIPFOFOTAMUS Hippopotamus amphibius
185
I9 ZEBRAS AND ASES
200
Mountain Zebra E zebra
211
HYRAXES OR DASSIES
214
PRIMATES
371
INTRODUCING PRIMATE
380
MONKEYS AND BABOONS
389
GREAT APES 41 5
415
A Catalogue of Displays and Signals
437
Tips for Viewing and Photographing African Wildlife
445
SUGGESTED READING
455
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About the author (1999)

Richard D. Estes has led wildlife-viewing safaris in Africa for many years and is one of the world's foremost experts on the social ecology of African mammals. Dr. Estes is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution Conservation and Research Center, an Associate at the Harvard Museums of Natural History, and a Trustee of The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation. He lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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