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  • Tracker Manual

    Featuring all-new spoor drawings, some 200 new photographs and an extra 35 species, this fully revised and updated edition of the ever-popular Tracker Manual is packed with the latest on the art of tracking. Based on information developed by some of southern Africa’s best traditional trackers, Tracker Manual gives even more guidance on how to identify the spoor of some 190 animal species. Individual chapters cover carnivores, large mammals, antelopes, small mammals, primates, hares and rodents, amphibians and reptiles, birds and insects. Each account contains:
    • Simple, bulleted text on key points of each animal’s tracks
    • Clear, accurate track drawings
    • Numerous informative photographs, sometimes annotated
    • A list of similar tracks (where applicable), to avoid misidentification.
    An instructive introduction describes the science of tracking and outlines what to look for in the field, while a quick-reference table compares tracks that are easily confused. This detailed and richly illustrated manual to the region’s most common animal tracks and signs will prove invaluable in the field.
  • Mammal Safari Activity Book

    This lively activity book is jam-packed with puzzles, crosswords, quizzes, mazes and word games about African mammals, as well as interesting facts and did-you-knows. Over 70 species feature – from the towering giraffe to the tiny naked mole-rat. Ideal for children aged 6–9 years, this colourful, interactive book strikes a balance between simple activities, such as find-the-way, spot-the-difference and odd-one-out, and more challenging brainteasers as children read on and learn about African wildlife.

    How do you tell a baby cheetah and leopard apart? Can you match the animals’ heads to their tails? Which mammals live underground? Which antelope are male and which are female? These riddles, and many others, are designed to ignite imagination of young minds while also providing hours of entertainment.

    Engaging and enchanting, the Mammal Safari Activity Book will take children on a wild adventure through the African bush – whether as a companion on safari or at home in their own dens.

  • Hippos, a Mongoose and Me

    In this sequel to the popular A Hippo Love Story, author Karen Paolillo takes us deeper into her courageous but perilous life among Africa’s wildlife.

    Hippos, a Mongoose and Me is a collection of vivid stories reflecting the decades that Karen has lived and worked in the wilds of southeast Zimbabwe. The tales encompass a wide variety of animals and experiences, including Karen’s extraordinary affinity with hippos, life with her beloved mongoose, characterful baboons and rescued birds, close encounters with lions and an injured buffalo, and her heart-stopping flight from an enraged elephant. To add to the drama,
    Karen and her husband Jean-Roger must face off against the drumbeat of political subterfuge and poaching of wildlife, sometimes at great personal risk.

    Inspiring, surprising and sometimes sad, this heartfelt anthology is testament to the courage and resilience of its intrepid author.

  • Mammals of the Kruger National Park

    This compact guide to Mammals of the Kruger National Park and Surrounding Bushveld presents all the mammals you are likely to see in the region. Although handy in size, it packs in an astonishing amount of information, with each mammal accompanied by photos, distribution map, skull and dropping images, track illustration, a box giving ID pointers, and fascinating information on physiology, habits and behaviours. The nearly 100 described mammals are divided into non-ruminants, ruminants, carnivores, non-carnivorous small mammals, rodents and shrews, and bats. Each group begins with a family tree showing the relationships of the mammals to one another and to other groups.

    Packed with facts, interest boxes, special features, images and maps, this book not only makes for fascinating reading, but is an essential guide both for locals and visitors to the region.

  • Last Elephants

    The Africa-wide Great Elephant Census report of 2016 produced shocking fi ndings: adecimated elephant population whose numbers were continuing to plummet. Elephantsare killed, on average, every 15–20 minutes – a situation that will see the fi nal demise ofthese intelligent, extraordinary animals in less than 3 decades. They are a species in crisis.This magnifi cent book offers chapters written by the most prominent people in therealm of conservation and wildlife, among them researchers, conservationists, fi lmmakers, criminologists, TV personalities and journalists. Photographs have beenselected from among Africa’s best wildlife photographers, and the Foreword is providedby Prince William.It is hoped this book will create awareness of the devastating loss of elephant lives inAfrica and stem the tide of poaching and hunting; that it will inspire the delegates toCITES to make informed decisions to ensure that all loopholes in the ivory trade areclosed; and that countries receiving and using ivory (both legal and poached) –primarily China, Vietnam, Laos and Japan – ban and strenuously police its trade and usewithin their borders, actively pursuing and arresting syndicate leaders driving the cruelpoaching tsunami.This book is also a tribute to the many people who work for the welfare of elephants,particularly those who risk their lives for wildlife each day, often for little or no pay – inparticular the fi eld rangers and the anti-poaching teams; and to the many communitiesaround Africa that have elected to work with elephants and not against them.The Last Elephants – is the title prophetic? We hope not, but the signs are worrying.

  • Africa’s Wild Dogs: Surivival Story

    Africa’s Wild Dogs – A Survival Story is a large-format photographic celebration of one of the continent’s most charismatic and endangered predators.

    With only about 6,600 wild dogs left in Africa today, wildlife photographer Jocelin Kagan has made it her mission to bring the extraordinary lives of these often misunderstood and maligned animals into the spotlight. Her remarkable images and personal observations are supported by further insights by an array of scientific experts – their contributions reveal the fascinating behaviour and pack dynamics of these effecient hunters.

    Nomadic predators whose territories range thousands of kilometres, wild dogs hunt co-operatively, preying on small herbivores. They are non-confrontational, smart and sociable, and form complex and close family bonds, as this fascinating book reveals. Now restricted to small populations and threatened by human persecution, diseases, habitat fragmentation, climate change and natural predation, these dogs will be supported by the royalties earned from the sale of this book.

  • Wildlife of East Africa: Photographic Guide

    This photographic guide to the wildlife of East Africa is an accessible introduction to the region’s more conspicuous and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, insects, flowers and trees. A colour photograph accompanies each account, which describes the species’ appearance, size, and habits, and gives information on their conservation status, habitat and the best viewing localities. This book is an invaluable guide for visitors to national parks and other wildlife-rich places in East Africa and is a handy size for travel.

  • Nature Now Mammals of Kruger

    This easy-to-read, fact-filled guide features over 80 mammal species found in the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s most popular game-viewing destinations.
    Packed with stunning photographs and engaging text, it provides brief pointers for accurate identification and highlights the most interesting facts about each species. Did you know that leopards are more dangerous than lions, elephants use their trunks to snorkel, giraffes give birth standing up, and no two zebras have the same stripe pattern?

    Aimed at nature enthusiasts of all ages, this compact guide:
    – Covers the Park’s rich diversity of mammals – from the world-famous Big Five to the miniature mongooses seen dashing across the road
    – Unpacks each animal’s most interesting characteristics and behaviours
    – Notes the record-breakers: who has the longest horns, strongest jaws or greatest appetite?
    – Provides game-watching tips for successful safaris, as well as ‘Best viewing’ notes for each species
    – Features striking photographs of Kruger’s wildlife in action

  • Quick ID Guide to the Carnivores of Africa

    Of all the animal groups, none looms larger in the imagination than the carnivores. Adapted for hunting and killing other animals, they represent the most powerful predators on Earth. This compact guide covers both the mighty and ferocious – big cats, wolves, foxes and hyaenas – and a variety of smaller but equally formidable hunters – otters, polecats, weasels, mongooses and civets.

  • Quick ID Guide to Primates of Africa

    A new addition to the successful ‘Quick ID guide’ series, Primates is a succinct survey of the features and habits of our closest relatives. Divided into the three main primate groups – great apes, typical monkeys and prosimians (including the bushbabies) – this easy-to-use guide rovides pertinent facts, annotated photographs and up-to-date distribution maps to help readers accurately identify the most commonly seen and charismatic primates in the field.

  • Marine Mammals: A guide to the whales, dolphins and seals of Southern Africa and the Southern Ocean

    The is easy-to-use identification guide to the whales, dolphins and seals found in Southern African waters and the Southern Ocean is compact yet comprehensive. Close to 50 species occur in the region: from the demonstrative Humpback Whale and Dusky Dolphin to the striking Leopard Seal and massive Blue Whale.

  • Flying Mammals – Quick ID Guide to Bats

    Following the success of earlier ‘Quick Guide’ books, this slim little volume tackles one of the few groups of mammals that can fly. Divided into large fruit bats and smaller insecteating bats, this ultimate quick identification guide covers Africa’s 12 bat families. An informative introduction touches on evolution, flight, echolocation and reproduction, demystifying an animal that is all too often misunderstood. The text describes the facial characteristics and wing shapes common to each family and points out features that can help to distinguish between them. But it is the photographs and annotated line drawings that are most useful for identification. They include bats in flight and roosting sites, and close-ups of facial structures and wings that highlight key diagnostic attributes. An added extra is a photographic section showing the skulls of a variety bats.

    This is a valuable guide for anyone with an interest in wildlife and its less common members.

  • Exploring the Seashore in Southern Africa

    With this lively guide, young adventurers will discover the many treasures along southern Africa’s shores, learn all about the strange and beautiful creatures they can expect to see at the beach and where to find them, then try the fascinating activities and make their own firsthand discoveries. A companion volume to the popular Exploring Fynbos,  this lively book is loaded with:interesting topics in accessible text, interactive activities ‘did you know’ boxes ‘things to do’ panels

  • 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 re-purposing of wildlife to cater for human greed.
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Natuurlewe van Suider-Afrika

    Hierdie gewilde veldgids tot die natuurlewe van Suider-Afrika, jare lank al ’n vertroude metgesel van natuurliefhebbers, is nou omvattend bygewerk. Dit bied beskrywings en akkurate illustrasies in volle kleur van meer as 2,000 plante en diere asook verspreidingskaarte vir die meeste groepe. Elke hoofstuk het sy eie kleurkode om naslaan te vergemaklik en uitkenmerke in die beskrywings is in vetdruk. Elke hoofstuk is geskryf deur ’n kenner op sy gebied.

    Al die vernaamste plant- en diergroepe is ingesluit:

    • Laer ongewerweldes
    • Spinnekoppe en ander spinagtiges
    • Insekte
    • Varswatervisse
    • Paddas
    • Reptiele
    • Voëls
    • Soogdiere
    • Grasse, biesies, varings en swamme
    • Veldblomme
    • Bome
  • 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, hedges, ferns and fungi
    • Wild flowers
    • Trees
  • First Field Guides to Mammals of Southern Africa

    Sasol First Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa provides fascinating insight into the wild animals of the region.

    Through full-colour photographs and distribution maps, and easy-to-read text, the beginner and budding naturalist will be able to identify the more common mammal species found in southern Africa, discover where they live, and learn about their unique feeding and breeding habits.

  • First Field Guides to Soogdiere

    Sasol Eerste Veldgids tot Soogdiere van Suider-Afrika bied aan die jong leser ‘n fassinerende blik op die diere lewe van die streek. Met behulp van volkleur foto’s en verspreidings kaarte, asook maklik leesbare teks, sal die jong volwassene en ontluikende natuur liefhebber die meer algemene soogdierspesies in Suider-Afrika kan identifiseer, kan vasstel waar hulle leef, en meer te wete kom oor hul unieke vreet- en teelgewoontes.