Animals of the Masai Mara

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One of the greatest attractions of a trip to Kenya is the chance to see animals such as lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, and giraffe up close and in their natural habitats. Animals of the Masai Mara is a lavish photographic guide that explores the charismatic wildlife most likely to be encountered by a safari visitor to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya. More than 140 stunning photographs showcase 65 mammals and 17 reptile species, including 6 snakes. Designed to be informative and locally ...

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Overview

One of the greatest attractions of a trip to Kenya is the chance to see animals such as lions, cheetah, leopards, zebra, and giraffe up close and in their natural habitats. Animals of the Masai Mara is a lavish photographic guide that explores the charismatic wildlife most likely to be encountered by a safari visitor to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya. More than 140 stunning photographs showcase 65 mammals and 17 reptile species, including 6 snakes. Designed to be informative and locally accurate, rather than purely identification-based, this easy-to-use book pays particular attention to wildlife behavior and is written from the firsthand experiences of the authors and the knowledge of local safari guides. Numerous "Top Tips" throughout show readers how and where to locate specific species. The only field guide to focus solely on the wildlife of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Animals of the Masai Mara will be indispensable to visitors to this famous park and all nature enthusiasts with an interest in this area of the world.

  • The only photographic guide specific to the animals of the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • More than 140 remarkable photographs covering 65 mammals and 17 reptile species, including 6 snakes
  • Accessible text explores animal behavior and other interesting facts
  • A brief and informative introduction to the habitats of the Masai Mara
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Editorial Reviews

MongaBay.com - Gabriel Thoumi
This is the guidebook for every child, and child inside of us, between the ages of 5 and 105 that has ever dreamt of learning about the fascinating animals seen on a safari in Africa.
GrrlScentist - Devorah Bennu
Like its avian companion volume, you will love this book—even if you never visit the Masai Mara!
From the Publisher
"This is the guidebook for every child, and child inside of us, between the ages of 5 and 105 that has ever dreamt of learning about the fascinating animals seen on a safari in Africa."—Gabriel Thoumi, MongaBay.com

"Like its avian companion volume, you will love this book—even if you never visit the Masai Mara!"—Devorah Bennu, GrrlScentist

"If you are going to visit the Masai Mara, this is a must have book. But I recommend this book equally to anyone who wants to take an imaginary journey to this part of the Serengeti. It is a fascinating book about the world's most charismatic community of animals."—DRK, Wildlife Activist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691156019
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2012
  • Series: Wildlife Explorer Guides
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 699,900
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 2008, Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy have managed remote luxury safari camps in Tanzania and Kenya and now operate as private safari guides, specializing in photographic and wildlife safaris. Information on their tours and stock image library can be found at http://www.rawnaturephoto.com. Adam Scott Kennedy is the author of "Birds of the Masai Mara" (Princeton).

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Table of Contents

About this book 7
Geography of the Masai Mara 10
Map of the Masai Mara 12
Where to watch wildlife in the Masai Mara 14
The great migrations 18
About the guides 22

Mammals

  • Lion Panthera leo 26
    Leopard Panthera pardus 30
    Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus 34
    Serval Leptailurus serval 38
    Caracal Caracal caracal 39
    Wild Cat Felis sylvestris 40
    African Civet Civettictis civetta 41
    Small-spotted Genet Genetta genetta 42
    Large-spotted Genet Genetta tigrina 42
    Spotted Hyena Crocuta crocuta 44
    Aardwolf Proteles cristata 46
    Striped Hyena Hyena hyaena 47
    Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula 48
    Banded Mongoose Mungos mungo 49
    Slender Mongoose Herpestes sanguineus 50
    Ichneumon Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon 51
    Marsh Mongoose Atilax paludinosus 52
    White-tailed Mongoose Ichneumia albicauda 53
    Zorilla Ictonyx striatus 54
    Honey Badger Mellivora capensis 55
    Black-backed Jackal Canis mesomelas 56
    Side-striped Jackal Canis adustus 57
    Bat-eared Fox Otocyon megalotis 58
    Wild Dog Lycaon pictus 59
    Pangolin Smutsia temminckii 60
    Aardvark Orycteropus afer 61
    African Elephant Loxodonta africana 62
    Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis 67
    Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius 68
    Warthog Phacochoerus africanus 70
    Plains Zebra Equus quagga 72
    Maasai Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis 76
    Cape Buffalo Syncerus caffer 80
    Eland Tragelaphus oryx 84
    Greater Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros 86
    Bush Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia 88
    Oribi Ourebia ourebi 89
    Kirk's Dik-dik Madoqua kirkii 90
    Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus 91
    Mountain Reedbuck Redunca fulvorufula 92
    Bohor Reedbuck Redunca redunca 93
    Bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus 94
    Defassa Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus 95
    Impala Aepyceros melampus 96
    Grant's Gazelle Nanger granti 98
    Thomson's Gazelle Eudorcas thomsonii 100
    Coke's Hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus 102
    Topi Damaliscus lunatus 103
    White-bearded Wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus 104
    Cape Hare Lepus capensis 108
    Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis 108
    Springhare Pedetes capensis 109
    Unstriped Ground Squirrel Xerus rutilus 110
    Striped Ground Squirrel Xerus erythropus 110
    Grass Rat Arvicanthis niloticus 111
    White-bellied Hedgehog Atelerix albiventris 112
    Crested Porcupine Hystrix cristata 113
    Bush Hyrax Heterohyrax brucei 114
    Greater Galago Otolemur crassicaudatus 116
    Lesser Galago Galago senegalensis 117
    Guereza Colobus Colobus guereza 118
    Red-tailed Monkey Cercopithecus ascanius 120
    Blue Monkey Cercopithecus mitis 122
    Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus pygerythrus 124
    Olive Baboon Papio anubis 126

Reptiles

  • Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus 130
    Savanna Monitor Varanus albigularis 132
    Nile Monitor Varanus niloticus 132
    Leopard Tortoise Geochelone pardalis 134
    Helmeted Terrapin Pelomedusa subrufa 135
    Flap-necked Chameleon Chamaeleo dilepis 136
    Striped Skink Mabuya striata 136
    Tropical House Gecko Hemidactylus mabouia . 138
    Cape Dwarf Gecko Lygodactylus capensis 139
    Mwanza Flat-headed Agama Agama mwanzae 140
    Blue-headed Tree Agama Acanthocercus atricollis 141
    Black-necked Spitting Cobra Naja nigricollis 142
    Black Mamba Dendroaspis polylepis 143
    Spotted Bush Snake Philothamnus semivariegatus 144
    Velvety-green Night Adder Causus resimus 144
    Puff Adder Bitis arietans 145
    African Rock Python Python natalensis 146

References and useful resources 148
Acknowledgements and photographic credits 149
Index 150

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