The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals

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Overview

All the known species of African land mammal are covered in a concise text providing full information on identification, distribution, ecology, evolutionary relationships and conservation status. The focus is always on the mammals as seen in the field and on their ecology and evolutionary interrelationships. Introductory profiles summarise the characteristics of the various mammal groups, and coverage of several of the more complex groups of small mammals is simplified by reference to genera, though all 1150 African species are listed. The most up to date classification and species list is employed. Twelve newly recognised species of bushbaby, fourteen newly named baboons, guenons and mangabeys and nine newly recognised colobus monkeys contribute to the most modern possible treatment of the primates. New species of bats, rodents and fox are also included as well as a fully revised listing of the duikers, squirrels and genets.
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Editorial Reviews

Nature
Travellers and students of wildlife should take notice—this volume sets the standard for the field. . . . A childhood in British East Africa and more than 25 years of producing atlases of the mammals have equipped Kingdon with a possibly unrivaled knowledge of his subjects, and this yields unusual and thought-provoking insights. . . . As an artist and sculptor who works in abstract, impressionistic and illustrative styles, Kingdon brings an immediacy to his drawings that escapes all other field guides. . . . The 1150 or so mammals that earn a place in his book are not just represented by the usual police-style profiles, but also by pictures of gripping emotion and playful naughtiness—usually several, sometimes many, for each species. . . . Buy this book for yourself and for anyone else who likes nature just to know that you possess several thousand of Kingdon's wonderful drawings. . . . This is quite simply a superb and authoritative work by an author of unsurpassed credentials and talent for his task. Everybody will delight in it.
— Mark Pagel
New Scientist
For anyone planning an African safari, this guide should be as essential as binoculars.
— David Tomlinson
Habitat
All naturalists resident in or visiting the continent should have a copy. It is much more than a field guide.
— Jeremy J D Greenwood
Mammal News
A good field guide, whatever its subject, is a delight to have on one's bookshelf, and this one is a topper. One main, magnificent first for this guide is that it covers all known mammals of Africa, not just the large ones. This is an exquisite book to have, even if you have no intention to ever visit Africa (but then you are likely to change your mind after this Kingdon experience).
— Hans Kruuk
Guardian
Since the appearance of his seven-volume encyclopaedia of East African mammals in the 1970's, Kingdon has become a figure of high distinction in conservationist circles. His extraordinary talents as a writer and painter have been dedicated to astonishingly beautiful and detailed records of African fauna and the ecosystems that sustain them. This makes his new field guide rather more than a handbook. . . . The richness of information is exemplary. The illustrations would make a big cat purr. . . . . It is one of Kingdon's strengths, both as a naturalist and as an artist, that he is interested in how animals look and feel to each other. . . . His drawings and paintings stress the elegant functionality of body geometry, the way animals use facial and body patterns for visual signalling.
— John Ryle
Wildlife Activist
This is a handy, nicely prepared pocket field guide covering every species of terrestrial African mammal and is the essential reference work to be carried along by anyone traveling in Africa.
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Praise for the previous edition: "Travellers and students of wildlife should take notice--this volume sets the standard for the field. . . . This is quite simply a superb and authoritative work by an author of unsurpassed credentials and talent for his task. Everybody will delight in it."--Mark Pagel, Nature

Praise for the previous edition: "For anyone planning an African safari, this guide should be as essential as binoculars."--David Tomlinson, New Scientist

Praise for the previous edition: "All naturalists resident in or visiting the continent should have a copy. It is much more than a field guide."--Jeremy J. D. Greenwood, Habitat

Praise for the previous edition: "This is a handy, nicely prepared pocket field guide covering every species of terrestrial African mammal and is the essential reference work to be carried along by anyone traveling in Africa."--Rovert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

Praise for the previous edition: "This is an exquisite book to have, even if you have no intention to ever visit Africa (but then you are likely to change your mind after this Kingdon experience)."--Hans Kruuk, Mammal News

Praise for the previous edition: "The richness of information is exemplary. The illustrations would make a big cat purr."--John Ryle, Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691116921
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Kingdon is one of the world's foremost authorities on African mammals. His books include "The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals" and "Lowly Origin: Where, When, and Why Our Ancestors First Stood Up" (both Princeton).

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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgements vi
Checklist of Species vii
Introduction 1
Mammals 5
Primates 8
Bats 111
Insectivores 137
Elephant Shrews, or Sengis 147
Hares 152
Rodents 159
Carnivores 215
Scaly Ant-eaters 288
Aardvark 294
Hyraxes 296
Proboscids 302
Odd-toes Ungulates 309
Even-toes Ungulates 323
The African Environment 477
Physical 447
Climate 448
Vegetation 451
The Past 455
Habitats 455
Species 456
Conservation 457
Further Reading 459
Glossary 460
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