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  • Scorpions of Southern Africa (NE)

    Scorpions of Southern Africa, the go-to guide for identifying southern Africa’s rich scorpion fauna, has now been freshly designed, updated and expanded. It includes 12 additional species, new images and distribution maps, and a chapter on how to go about identifying scorpions.

    An invaluable guide for the amateur naturalist and professional alike, this accessible book describes:

    scorpion anatomy and behaviour
    the strategies that enable scorpions to survive harsh conditions
    their use of venom, and
    other aspects of their successful existence over millions of years.

    R270.00
  • Fishy Smiths HB

    The discovery of the modern-day coelacanth will forever be linked with the name of JLB Smith. An intense, irascible, eccentric man, JLB (as he was widely known) and his long-suffering wife Margaret were both remarkable South African scientists who changed the course of the biological sciences. Best known for their research on the coelacanth, they also contributed in many other ways to the scientific study of fishes (ichthyology) and related fields.

    The first comprehensive biography about JLB and Margaret Smith.

    Traces their formative years and serendipitous meeting, leading up to the discovery of the coelacanth, and the tumultuous years that followed.

    Details their punitive work ethic, eccentric and rugged lifestyle, and their astonishingly productive lives.

    A story awash with adventure, travel, discovery, risk-taking, near-death experiences – and their extraordinary contribution to science.

    Illustrated with black-and-white images of the Smiths’ fascinating lives, as well as a 16-page colour section, Mike Bruton’s lively account fills a scientific and biographical niche and will become a classic of the South African scene.

    R310.00
  • Wild Karoo

    After centuries of relative isolation, the Karoo – South Africa’s parched heartland – is a latecomer to the tourist industry. What was once viewed as a harsh and desolate place of limited attraction is rapidly gaining popularity with visitors who now make the Karoo their destination, keen to partake of its legendary charm, its extraordinary flora and the resurgence of wildlife that once again populates its plains.

    Wild Karoo documents Mitch Reardon’s 4,000-kilometre journey of discovery through the region. The book focuses on:

    local nature conservation in all its facets
    the game, large and small – some recently reintroduced – plus birds, reptiles and invertebrates
    the unique, arid-adapted flora
    the landscape and geology
    the history and lifestyle of the people who have made a home here
    plans to combine public and private protected land to create wildlife corridors between isolated parks, re-establishing old migration routes and so reversing some of the effects of human settlement

    Beautifully written, and illustrated with evocative photographs, this book is a must read for anyone interested in travel, wildlife and the environment.

    R240.00
  • Cuddle Me, Kill Me

    Canned lion hunting sprang to the world’s attention with the 2015 launch of the documentary, Blood Lions. This movie blew the cover off a brutal industry that has burgeoned in the last decade or so, operating largely under the radar of public concern.
    In Cuddle Me Kill Me,   veteran wildlife campaigner Richard Peirce reveals horrifying facts about the industry. He tells
    • The true story of two male lions rescued from breeding farms
    • The exploitation and misery of these apex predators when they are bred in captivity
    • How young cubs are removed from their mothers mere hours after birth
    • How they are first used for petting by an adoring (and paying) public
    • Their subsequent use for ‘walking with lions’ tourism
    • And how, in the final stage of exploitation, they are served up in fenced enclosure for execution by canned hunters – or simply shot by breeders for the value of their carcass, a prized product in the East.
    Well researched by Peirce with the help of an undercover agent, and illustrated with photos taken along the way, this is a disturbing and passionate plea to end commercial captive lion breeding and the repurposing of wildlife to cater for human greed.
    R230.00
  • Field Guide to Larger Mammals of Africa

    Of the more than 5,500 mammals species worldwide, at least 1,200 occur in Africa. Stuarts’ Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa  concentrates on the more visible and easily distinguished larger species, as well as some of the more frequently seen smaller mammals.
    This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded and redesigned and includes:
    • the most recent research and taxonomy
    • revised distribution maps and many new images
    • colour-coded grouping of orders
    • size icons
    • detailed descriptions of each species, offering insight into key identification characters, typical behaviour, preferred habitat, food choice, reproduction and longevity
    • whales and dolphins now featured too
    R520.00
  • Understanding Elephants

    Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory.  This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals.  This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.

    R170.00
  • 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
    R390.00
  • Wildlife of the Okavango

    A remarkable variety of animals and plants can be found in the wilderness region surrounding the Okavango Delta. This photographic guide covers more than 470 of the area’s most conspicuous and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fishes, invertebrates, trees and aquatic plants.

     

    An informative introduction describes the area’s geology, climate, habitats and the key roles played by some animals, such as termites and elephants. The species accounts feature concise text describing the species’ appearance, size, habits, habitat and status, with full-colour photographs to facilitate identification.

    R270.00
  • Giant Steps

    Elephants have long been targeted by humans: not only are they killed for their ivory, but their extraordinary strength, intelligence and charisma have seen some of them captured, chained and effectively jailed for life.

    Bully and Induna are two African elephants, both orphaned in organised culling operations and destined for lives in captivity. Growing up far apart and quite differently, Bully (a former animal film star) and the less fortunate Induna were both driven to react to their circumstances – Induna even killed one of his carers. Their individual situations reached a point where both were considered to be dangerous animals and were under threat of being put down.

    This is the true story of their lives. Conservationist Richard Peirce presents their individual narratives and the twists and turns of their fortunes: the exploitation of these majestic but sensitive animals, how they each came to be trapped in unsuitable ‘employment’ and shunted about from one venue to the next, before finding one another – free at last – on a farm in southern Africa. It’s a gripping story, full of drama, danger, sadness and ultimate rescue.

    R230.00
  • 101 Kruger Tales

    This is a collection of 101 jaw-dropping stories, as told by the very people who experienced them – first-hand accounts of sightings, scrapes and encounters in one of Africa’s greatest National Parks. It details hair-raising experiences from the Kruger Park’s roads, camps, picnic sites and walking trails, such as:

    • An enraged elephant flips a car onto its roof
    • A lioness prises open a terrified couple’s car door
    • A fleeing impala leaps through an open car window
    • A hyaena snatches a baby from a tent
    • A tourist takes a bath in a croc-infested dam…

    A bedside book, a travel companion, a dip-into, read-anywhere compilation of joyful encounters laced with terrible warnings. Wherever you are, this book will transport you directly into the bush.

    CLICK HERE to visit the official 101 Kruger Tales website

    R380.00
  • Behaviour Briefs

    The ultimate compact, quick ID guide to southern and East African animal behaviour, and the latest in the popular series of ‘quick guides’ to wildlife. This title:

    • describes and explains the habits of the more commonly found mammals of southern and East Africa;

    • matches concise text with action photographs that capture characteristic behaviour;

    • serves as a companion volume to more detailed field guides;

    • provides a quick reference and easy read for anyone interested in understanding wild animals and their sometimes baffling rituals.

    R95.00
  • Wild Ways Southern Africa

    NEW EDITION MAY 2014

    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.

    R260.00
  • 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

    R410.00
  • Kruger National Park: Q & A

    Kruger National Park – Questions & Answers is a compilation of the questions most frequently asked by visitors to the Park, and their answers, given by a seasoned game park official. This new edition has been expanded, and reflects management decisions and changes that have occurred since the last edition appeared in 1992. It is packed with information on topics ranging from animals and their behaviour, ecology and poaching, to accommodation, activities, history of place names, safety, and code of conduct.

    The text is easy-to-read, combining leisure and education, making it a highly entertaining companion in the vehicle. Species sections are enlivened by simple illustrations, and two maps illustrate the ecozones and layout of the Park. This book is ideal for both guides and visitors to the Kruger National Park.

    R290.00
  • Southern African Mammals Made Simple

    Southern African Mammals Made Simple enables users to distinguish between commonly confused mammals by applying the breakthrough methodology that made Southern African LBJs Made Simple so hugely popular.

    The simple three-step system allows for quick and certain identification of mammals in the field. For each species featured, the book gives:range maps; full-colour illustrations and photographs; key identification pointers, and concise text describing height, weight, habits and habitat.

    All of southern Africa’s most common and distinctive mammals are included, but the particular value of this book lies in separating the more challenging species, such as antelope, mongooses, genets, primates and many more. It will appeal to
    both local and foreign visitors to our game parks.

    R240.00
  • Sounds of African Bush: Game Reserve

    Animals are often heard before they are spotted, and this book serves as an excellent guide to help identify 76 creatures (mammals, birds, amphibians and insects), based primarily on their calls. For each of the species listed, there is a full-colour photograph, distribution map and brief facts about its life history and behaviour.

    Key features: An accompanying CD with 76 common animal calls; Photographs and distribution maps for each species;  Interesting facts, including habitat, diet and time of calls.

    An invaluable resource for nature lovers of all ages, this CD and book will provide a new way of recognising the varied sounds of Africa’s wild areas.

    R170.00
  • On Track – Quick ID Guide Southern Africa Animal

    Following the success of the earlier Scatalog: Quick ID guide to southern African animal droppings, here’s another quick and quirky identification guide, this time to tracks of the region’s most commonly found mammals, but also includes tracks of reptiles, rodents, birds and insects.

    A simple key on the inside front cover directs users to any of 11 categories, such as ‘cloven hooves’, ‘paws’ or ‘tramline-like trails’. Nearly 100 animals or closely related groups of animals are depicted; for each, there is a silhouette of front and back feet and a colour photograph of the track; the average measurements for each track; a short description of the track; and information about the circumstances and likely habitat.

    Concise and to-the-point, this pocket-sized reference will prove indispensable in the field, no matter the experience of the user.

    R95.00
  • 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.

    R220.00
  • Shaping Kruger

    The Kruger National Park is one of the world’s leading stewards of biological diversity. Its management requires ongoing monitoring and re-evaulation to ensure that species survive.

    Shaping Kruger provides fascinating insight into the lives, habits and behaviour of the larger animals that significantly affect the workings of the park. It expertly synthesizes decades of ground-breaking research into the animals and their environment, examining along the way individual species; predator-prey relationships; mammal distribution, and browsing and grazing interactions.

    This detailed look at how Park management has had to interpret, monitor and adapt the processes that allow species to survive – even thrive – in an ever-changing environment makes for an intriguing and enlightening read.

    R370.00
  • Scatalog

    Here’s a quick and quirky identification guide to animal dung or droppings. Each animal group (carnivores, primates, antelope, rats and mice, reptiles, birds) is briefly introduced; but the main focus of this book is the photographs, mostly life-size. These images enable immediate identification of the animals responsible for the droppings. To confirm identity, summary tables give details of average width, length and typical contents of droppings (feathers, twigs, leaves, sand, etc.).

    This should become a recommended reference for rangers and field guides in the region; and it will be of use to anyone with an interest in wildlife, and even to those who simply enjoy walking in the wild and observing the tracks and signs they encounter.

    R95.00