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  • Insectopedia

    Insectopedia uncovers the fascinating and infinitely varied world of insects. It explores their intriguing behaviour and biology – from mating and breeding, metamorphosis and movement to sight, smell, hearing and their adaptations to heat and cold.
    A chapter on superorganisms probes the curious phenomenon of social communities among insects; another covers the critical role that these creatures play in maintaining the fragile balance of life on our planet.
    The book concludes with a 60-page illustrated field guide, describing most insect orders and their main families.
    Previously published as Insectlopedia of Southern Africa, this fully revised and redesigned edition includes up-to-date information throughout, an expanded ID section, and several hundred new photographs.
  • First Field Guides to Natuurlewe

    Hierdie gids is deel van ‘n nuwe reeks, Eerste veldgidse, en bied ‘n fassinerende blik op die natuurlewe van die streek.

    Met behulp van kleurfoto’s en -verspreidingskaarte asook maklik leesbare teks, sal die beginner- en ontluikende natuurkenner die meer algemene diere van Suider-Afrika kan identifiseer, kan vasstel waar hulle voorkom, en meer te wete kom oor hul unieke gedrag en ongewone eienskappe.

  • Wildlife of Southern Africa

    This long-standing, trusted field guide to the wildlife of southern Africa has been comprehensively updated and now includes distribution maps. It describes over 2,000 plants and animals, each accompanied by accurate illustrations in full colour. This book has been a trusted field companion for many years. Comprehensively updated, it now features range maps for most groups. The chapters are colour-coded for easy reference, and diagnostic features appear in bold type within the descriptions. Each chapter is written by a leading expert in the field.

    All the main plant and animal groups are covered:

    • Lower invertebrates
    • Spiders and other arachnids
    • Insects
    • Freshwater fishes
    • Frogs
    • Reptiles
    • Birds
    • Mammals
    • Grasses, sedges, ferns and fungi
    • Wild flowers
    • Trees
  • Field Guide to Freshwater Life in Southern Africa

    Freshwater Life – the first illustrated field guide of its kind for the wider southern African region – describes a vast range of plant and animal groups in a single volume. A ground-breaking concept that encompasses diverse groups from the large and conspicuous vertebrates to the diverse microscopic taxa, the book facilitates identification and describes the ecology of more than 1,000 freshwater organisms.

    Species have been selected on the basis of how likely they are to be encountered, and each account is accompanied by photographs and a distribution map. A comprehensive introduction details the ecology and significance of freshwater systems. This indispensable, easy-to-use guide will prove invaluable to outdoor enthusiasts, students and conservationists.

    ‘This is a milestone work’ – Louis du Preez

    Available in softcover and with PVC jacket.

  • Namaqualand Wildflower Guide PVC

    Namaqualand is justifiably famous for the floral wonderland it becomes in spring, when seas of bright flowers carpet the land. Astonishingly, the carpet comprises some 3,800 species, of which 28% are endemic.

    This book introduces nearly 600 species, highlighting those most commonly found, most conspicuous, spectacular or interesting, as well as endemics. An introduction touches on the species selection for the book, the climatic and topographical subregions within Namaqualand, plant names and uses, and conservation issues.

    The concise species descriptions also give seed and fruit details, uses, local growing conditions and flowering times, along with beautiful full-colour photographs. This is a must-have guide for visitors to Namaqualand, or for anyone interested in the wild flowers of southern Africa.

  • Stuarts’ Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

    Greater southern Africa has a wealth of mammal species, almost 400 – all of which are covered in this fully updated, comprehensive field guide. Now expanded to include species found in Angola, Zambia and Malawi, it has also been extensively revised to include: the most recent research and taxonomy; revised distribution maps and new images; colour coded grouping of families; spoor and size icons; skull photographs, grouped for easy comparison; detailed descriptions of each species, offering insight into key identification characters, typical behaviour, preferred habitat, food choice, reproduction and longevity.


  • Wild Ways Southern Africa


    Wild Ways brings together all the latest studies of the behaviour of southern Africa’s rich and accessible mammal fauna, describing not only what mammals do, but also the often surprising reasons why they do it, and covers species as diverse as fruit bats, pangolins, lions, rats and whales.

    Well-established as an invaluable resource for visitors to parks and reserves, hikers, hunters, farmers and outdoor enthusiasts, this classic guide has now been thoroughly updated and revised, has a fresh, lively design, and is packed with new and engrossing detail.

  • Reef Guide East Coast Southern Africa

    The Reef Guide documents some 800 reef fishes and invertebrates found along the east and south coasts of southern Africa. Following on the success of Dennis King’s earlier two titles, this impressive new guide features 578 species of fish and includes sections on anemones, starfish, snails, crabs and shrimps. Full colour photographs and descriptive text for each species, along with useful and interesting information, make for easy identification. While focusing on southern Africa, the book is also applicable to the entire east coast of Africa, as well as the islands of the western Indian Ocean – Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, the Comoros and the Maldives.

    Indispensable for divers, snorkelers and rock-pool enthusiasts, as well as fishermen and marine aquarists.

    CLICK HERE for a full reivew in the South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research Newsletter

  • Field Guide to Battlefields of Southern Africa

    Expert battlefields guide Nicki von der Heyde presents 71 battles covering three wars and a series of conflicts that shaped the course of South Africa’s history – from the colonial clashes that characterised the 18th and 19th centuries to the 2nd Anglo-Boer War of 1899–1902.

    Informative and lively accounts of the engagements are provided, with special attention given to the context, action, outcomes and principal combatants involved. Arranged in provincial and regional order, the Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa includes an array of special features that allow for an enthralling and multi-layered account of the battles: 580 images;  80 illustrated timelines; 60 fact and feature boxes; 16 annotated battle maps; 10 regional locator maps; Detailed directions to each site; GPS co-ordinates for inaccessible locations.

    Comprehensive, compelling and vividly illustrated, the Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa is an indispensable tool for professional and amateur military historians as well as anyone interested in exploring South Africa’s fascinating history.

    CLICK HERE to view the contents page for Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa

  • Pocket Guide: Veldgids Bome van Suider Afrika


    Hierdie omvattend uitgebreide, hersiene uitgawe van die beste verkoper onder boom-veldgidse vir die streek bied veel meer as die hoogs suksesvolle eerste uitgawe. Volledig bygewerkte teks (insluitend bykomende spesie-inskrywings) en verspreidingskaarte, talle nuwe foto’s en ’n nuwe seksie van 87 bladsye met foto’s van die hele boom maak dié gewilde gids nog meer noodsaaklik in die veld.

    Suider-Afrika het ’n ryk verskeidenheid bome, met sowat 2 100 inheemse en meer as 100 genaturaliseerde uitheemse spesies. Veldgids tot Bome van Suider-Afrika beskryf en illustreer meer as 1 000 hiervan, met die klem op die algemeenste bome en dié wat waarskynlik die meeste teëgekom word. Spesies is op grond van maklik waarneembare blaar- en stingelkenmerke logies in 43 groepe gerangskik, elke inskrywing met volkleurfoto’s van die diagnostiese dele van die plant. Praktiese gebruike van die plante word ook genoem.

    Also available in English

  • Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa


    This comprehensively updated and expanded edition of the region’s best-selling field guide to trees offers much, much more than the highly successful first edition. Fully updated text (including additional species entries) and distribution maps, numerous new photographs and a new 87-page section of full-tree photographs makes this well-loved guide even more indispensable in the field.

    Southern Africa has a rich variety of tree species, with an estimated 2 100 indigenous species and more than 100 naturalised aliens. Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa describes and illustrates more than 1 000 of these, focusing on trees that are the most common and most likely to be encountered. Species are logically arranged in 43 groups based on easy-to-observe leaf and stem features, and each account is illustrated by full-colour photographs of the plant’s diagnostic parts. The text also touches on the practical uses of the plants.

    Ook beskikbaar in Afrikaans

  • Mammals of Botswana Did You Know

    This guide to the mammals of Botswana offers a detailed roundup of more than 80 animals – with maps, travel information and a photographic field guide in a single, handy volume. It covers the six major mammal groups: non-ruminants, ruminants, carnivores, non-carnivorous small mammals, rodents and shrews, and bats – in colour-coded sections for quick reference, and with animal names in seven languages.

    An initial section examines mammal anatomy, physiology and behaviour, supported by photographs and illustrations and containing fascinating information on skull muscles, dentition, locomotion, senses, reproduction, digestion and thermoregulation. The field guide section treats one animal per page, with interesting text about their habits, behaviour, communication, social structures, etc. supported by photographs, distribution maps, and images of skulls, horns, tracks and droppings to ensure quick and easy ID. Pictorial keys at the start of each mammal group help readers navigate within the section.

    Packed with interesting facts, photographs and maps, this is an essential guide to Botswana’s rich mammal legacy.

  • Smithers Mammals Southern Africa: A Field Guide

    First published in 1986, Smithers’ Mammals is an authoritative and popular guide to the mammals of Southern Africa. This revised and updated edition incorporates the latest information brought to light by molecular genetics, while remaining accessible to the layperson and handy in the field. Each entry includes an in-depth species description; notes on habitat, behaviour, diet and conservation status; accurate illustrations and spoor drawings; and a distribution map. The book also details the whales, dolphins and seals seen along our coast.

    This highly regarded field guide will appeal to general readers and wildlife enthusiasts, as well as to specialists in the field of mammals.

  • Chamberlain’s Field Guides Birds of Southern Africa

    Fully revised, Birds of Africa south of the Sahara provides unrivalled coverage of African birds in a single volume, and is the first book to describe and illustrate all of the birds found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert (the Afrotropic Region), including Socotra, Pemba and islands in the Gulf of Guinea. Over 2 500 colour photographs show age and sex plumage variations, perched and in-flight birds, and colour morphs where relevant. Text – by Africa’s top birding authors – forcuses on identification, call, habitat and status, breeding details and diet. Colour-coded distribution maps show resident and migratory status and bird density. Annual calendar bars indicate, at a glace, w hen species are present and when they breed. Despite its exceptional coverage, this guide is compact enough to use in the field, and follows the standard field guide format, with texts and range maps appearing opposite the colour plates.

  • Fauna und Flora im Sudlichen Afrika

    Published for the first time in German, this is the first local field guide to cover all the commonly encountered plants and animals of the southern African region in one compact and easy-to-use volume. More than 2 000 species (1 200 of them illustrated)

  • Volledige Fotografiese Gids Voels van Suider Afrika

    Die grootste en omvattendste fotogids van Suider-Afrika se voëls in een boekdeel, die boek verleen ’n nuwe dimensie aan die uitkenning van voëls in die streek. Dit beskryf en illustreer al 958 voëlspesies plus 17 spesies van Antarktika en die eilande van die Suidelike Yssee. Meer as 2 500 kleurfoto’s wys verekleedverskille en kleurmorfe. Die teks fokus op uitkenning, roepe, habitat, status, broeibesonderhede en kos. Verspreidingskaarte wys stand- en trekvoëlstatus en voëldigtheid, en kalenderbalke wys wanneer spesies broei. ’n Onontbeerlike metgesel in die veld.

  • Comp Photographic Field Guides: Birds Southern Africa

    The most comprehensive photographic guide of southern Africa’s birds in one volume, this brings a new dimension to bird ID in the region. It describes and illustrates all 958 birds, plus 17 species from Antarctica and Southern Ocean islands. Over 2 500 photographs show plumage variations and colour morphs. Text by Africa’s top birding authors focuses on identification, call, habitat, status, breeding and diet. Distribution maps show migratory status and bird density, and calendar bars show species’ prevalence and breeding. With its extensive coverage, this guide will serve as an indispensable companion in the field.

  • Signs of the Wild: Southern Africa

    This compact field guide to the identification of Southern African mammals based on their spoor, droppings and skulls has long been a top seller. This edition offers up-to-date information on identification through signs; provides new illustrations for a number of species; and features illustrations of skulls for all of the carnivores. It also offers an 8-page section of comparative spoor, updated with the most recent information available. It includes distribution maps and full-colour photographs of each species.

  • Field Guide to Cradle of Humankind

    First published in August 2002, Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind caused a considerable stir among professionals in the field of palaeoanthropology (a field fraught with professional jealousies, subjective interpretation and egos) and sparked a flurry of newspaper articles, journal articles and general debate. The authors acknowledged that some inaccuracies had crept into their work, but also defended much of what they had written and highlighted their field as highly interpretive and often subjective. In the midst of fierce criticism, the book got people talking and sold out in less than a year – indicating the level of public interest in the subject matter. In this second edition of the book, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated: inconsistencies and any errors have been corrected, and recent discoveries and theorizing – which have altered our understanding of some past events and patterns – have been incorporated to reflect the most up-to-date thinking in the field. Key diagrams have been revised or replaced; and the appendix to animals, plants and birds has been updated, as has the list of contacts in the area. A new foreword to the second edition, written by Mark Read, Vice Chairman of PAST (Palaeo-Anthropology Scientific Trust), presents the field as one that is ever changing and as “perhaps the most fractured and fractious science of all”. He acknowledges the publication as ambitious and filling a significant gap in the market. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a unique area that probably tells us more about the history of our earliest ancestors than any place of a comparable size elsewhere in the world. This book facilitates the spread of the knowledge we have gained in the field thus far. It tells us something of the world in which our ancestors lived; provides a guide to all the known hominid species; details all the sites within the area and describes its animals and plants, both past and present, to give the reader a context in which to understand who we are and where we have come from.