Wildlife of Southern Africa

A Field Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region

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Author: Vincent Carruthers

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 9781775843535

Category: Animals

Page: 336

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A field guide to the wildlife of southern Africa, describing over 2,000 plants and animals, with clear 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: - Lower invertebrates Mike Musgrave - Spiders and other arachnids Astri Leroy - Insects Mike Musgrave - Freshwater fishes Paul Skelton - Frogs Vincent Carruthers - Reptiles Bill Branch - Birds Ken Newman and Christine Read - Mammals Peter Apps - Grasses, sedges, ferns and fungi Elsa Pooley - Wild flowers Elsa Pooley - Trees Elsa Pooley

The Wildlife of Southern Africa

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Author: Vincent Carruthers

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1775844641

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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A field guide to the wildlife of southern Africa, describing over 2,000 plants and animals, with accurate illustrations in full colour. This book has been a trusted fi eld 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 the Eastern and Southern Cape Coasts

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Author: Roy Lubke,Irene J. De Moor

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919713038

Category: Nature

Page: 559

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Whether you are a bird-watcher, an angler, a hiker, a diver, an environmentalist, or merely a weekend nature lover, the Field Guide to the Eastern and southern Cape Coasts will provide hours of fascinating reading and be an invaluable reference fore ears to come. As well as describing the many rich and varied ecosystems along the extremely popular coastal area from Mossel Bay to the Kei River Mouth, this user-friendly guide also explores the human impact on the environment and need for conservation management. Written by specialists in their various fields, this reference guide: investigates the rich diversity of plants and animals in this region and their conservation; examines the relationships between plants and animals in the marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial environments and describes the functioning of these ecosystems; explores interesting, little-known facts of local history and archaeology, which should fascinate both visitors to the area and residents alike; provides details on local fish, fishing spots, choice of tackle and fishing regulations; gives useful information on the many hiking and nature trails in the area. The drawings, tables, maps and a sixteen-page colour section make this guide extremely accessible to all, and even amateurs should be able to identify the plants and animals of this diverse region.

Freshwater Life

A field guide to the plants and animals of southern Africa

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Author: Charles Griffiths

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1775843238

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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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 signifi cance of freshwater systems. This indispensible, easy-to-use guide will prove invaluable to outdoor enthusiasts, students and conservationists.

Zimbabwe

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Author: Paul Murray

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1841624608

Category: Travel

Page: 380

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As political tension relaxes, wildlife enthusiasts and curious tourists are returning to Zimbabwe. With some of the finest national parks in Africa, the country is blessed with stunning landscapes and an abundance of wildlife. The mighty Zambezi River offers adventure holidays, and Victoria Falls will leave visitors breathless, while the range of birdlife draws enthusiasts year-round. Game viewing in some of Africa's greatest national parks is a rewarding experience and this guide offers in-depth information on the facilities, advice on itinerary planning as well as how to select a safari. Accommodation is covered with up-to-date information on everything from luxury safari camps to budget stays for younger travellers who arrive overland, heading for the fast flowing waters of the Zambezi gorge.

Wildlife of Madagascar

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Author: Ken Behrens,Keith Barnes

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140088067X

Category: Nature

Page: 344

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The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is one of the world's great natural treasures and ecotourism destinations. Despite being an island, it is home to nearly an entire continent’s variety of species, from the famous lemurs to a profusion of bizarre and beautiful birds, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife of Madagascar is a compact and beautifully illustrated photographic guide, and an essential companion for any visitor or resident. With an eye-catching design, authoritative and accessible text and easy-to-use format, it provides information on identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour, biology and conservation for all the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies likely to be seen. The most comprehensive single-volume field guide to Madagascar’s wildlife Attractive layout features more than 900 stunning colour photographs Covers the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies, and some of the other invertebrates and plants, most likely to be seen Provides key information about identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour and conservation Introductory sections provide background information on Madagascar and its unique environments

Wildlife of the Galápagos

Second Edition

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Author: Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0691170428

Category:

Page: N.A

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Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont

A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia

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Author: Timothy P. Spira

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807877654

Category: Nature

Page: 540

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This richly illustrated field guide serves as an introduction to the wildflowers and plant communities of the southern Appalachians and the rolling hills of the adjoining piedmont. Rather than organizing plants, including trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, by flower color or family characteristics, as is done in most guidebooks, botanist Tim Spira takes a holistic, ecological approach that enables the reader to identify and learn about plants in their natural communities. This approach, says Spira, better reflects the natural world, as plants, like other organisms, don't live in isolation; they coexist and interact in myriad ways. Full-color photo keys allow the reader to rapidly preview plants found within each of the 21 major plant communities described, and the illustrated species description for each of the 340 featured plants includes fascinating information about the ecology and natural history of each plant in its larger environment. With this new format, readers can see how the mountain and piedmont landscapes form a mosaic of plant communities that harbor particular groups of plants. The volume also includes a glossary, illustrations of plant structures, and descriptions of sites to visit. Whether you're a beginning naturalist or an expert botanist, this guidebook is a useful companion on field excursions and wildflower walks, as well as a valuable reference. Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press

Stuarts’ Field Guide to National Parks & Game Reserves of East Africa

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Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 1775846253

Category: Travel

Page: 248

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East Africa is known for its diverse landscapes – expansive savannas, lakes, and towering mountains – but also for its numerous protected areas: its parks and reserves that are the domain of the continent’s most spectacular wildlife. These areas play a vital role in protecting both the environment and the animals it supports, and annually play host to thousands of visitors who come to experience wild Africa. This guide to the parks and reserves of East Africa provides a valuable overview of some 58 protected areas across East Africa. The book is divided into the four East African countries Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – and, for each park, provides essential background on geology and landscape, climate, vegetation and wildlife, capturing the essence of what each area offers. It also covers the brief history of each park. Other features include: Numerous colour photographs of animal and plant life, detailed park maps, indicating places of interest and best sites to view key species, text panels with highlights, facilities and activities, wildlife facts, and important alerts, a photographic gallery of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and trees, for quick identification of common species. This must-have guide to the region’s protected areas will prove indispensable to local and international visitors to the region and to all nature enthusiasts. Sales points: Key background on the character and features of each park, generously supported by full colour photographs and detailed maps, information boxes provide highlights at a glance, a concise gallery of animals and plants to aid identification.