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The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates (Anglais) Broché – 21 octobre 1999

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Since its original publication in 1993, The Safari Companion has been the best field guide to observing and understanding the behavior of African mammals. An indispensable tool for naturalists traveling to Africa, this new edition has been revised to acknowledge the enthusiasm to those watching these magnificent animals at zoos and wildlife parks, and on film. The Safari Companion enables readers to recognize and interpret visible behavioral activities, such as courtship rituals, territorial marking, aggression, and care of young. Each account of over 80 species includes a behavioral table in which the unique actions of the hoofed mammals, carnivores, and primates are described for easy reference. In addition, useful maps show the major national boundaries, vegetation zones, and game parks relevant to the guide. The book includes an extensive glossary, as well as tips on wildlife photography, a list of organizations working to protect African wildlife, and advice on where and when to see the animals.

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Richard D. Estes has led wildlife-viewing safaris in Africa for many years, and is one of the world's foremost experts on the social ecology of African mammals. Dr. Estes is an Associate Professor of Mammalogy at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and the chairman of the World Conservation Union's Antelope Specialists' Group. He lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Figures hard to use in Kindle edition 2 février 2016
Par med_bookworm - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Pros: Lots of detailed information about interpreting animal behavior with figures. Much more info that provided by other commercial travel series books with pictures.

Cons: This didn't work as well as I thought it would on Kindle because the figures were small and it was a pain to magnify and try to move around. I bought it for Kindle because I wanted to save space in our safari packing.

The main reason I didn't end up using this book was that we found another that was so much more captivating and useful. In our pre-trip reading, we found Cythnia Moss' "Portraits in the Wild" (Portraits in the Wild: Animal Behavior in East Africa)based on her 20+ years experience (when the book was last revised) researching elephants and observing other wildlife in a Kenyan Park just across the border from the Serengeti. This book is so well written. It is an interesting and enjoyable read (my spouse and I both read it before we went and at times were trying to beat the other to the book on a weekend afternoon). But more importantly, to me, she shows a gift for describing how the research is acquired in the field and she tells why she has selected to highlight some researcher's work over others. She also describes for which species there is little research (and the challenges) and highlights the importance of studying behavior in the wild (versus zoos). Reading this book, you gain a deep appreciation for the wildlife included in the book. There are also strong themes and interesting data points for those interested in evolution, impact of environment on development of social behavior. I became so interested that I would tell my work colleagues about all the fascinating facts until they groaned "no more about elephants!" But then, they were forwarding me articles they found elsewhere and I think the books' content was somewhat infectious. I also read about elephant family histories on her website and watched a couple of PBS documentaries that feature her work with elephants (google: Echo PBS). Also since this book was published a while ago, you can get used hardback copies for ~$2 on Amazon marketplace.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unusual approach makes animal observing especially rewarding. 12 juin 2013
Par James M - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
More then a simple field guide, this book focuses on East African mammalian behavior and social organizations. Much contemporary research on mammalian behavior informs the chapters. Line drawings take the place of the color photographs (that you would find in many other guides), which give it a nice retro feel. Nevertheless, it has a modern organizational schema with lots of boldfaced subheading and bullet points which make it easy to find information quickly. There are icon-based labels that allows the reader to identify the characteristics of each species social organization. Descriptions of social organization, play, courtship behaviors, territoriality, parenting patterns allow observers to interpret their observations in the field while on safari. It's like having a naturalist along with you, pointing out the subtleties of animal behaviors and communication.

In some parts of the book, there is specific information about wildlife populations. For example, in the section on Spotted Hyenas, the author reports data from one female that was tracked with a radio collar in the Ngorongoro Crater, noting how starkly different the level of activity necessary to find food was compared to hyenas in Kalhari Gemsbock National Park, where food is harder to come by. This level of scientific detail nicely complements the comprehensive descriptions of each species life and environment.

I ended buying this after borrowing it from my local library. I also purchased a Princeton Pocket Guide to Wildlife of East Africa by Withers and Hosking full of colored photos - mostly because of its vast listing of birds that are not in the Safari Companion. The Princeton Guide also has photos of many reptiles. It is clear that I will learn the most from the Safari Companion, however.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise and informative 20 novembre 2013
Par Dan'l Danehy-Oakes - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
More of a reference book than a reading book, at least for me: nonetheless I at least skimmed every page, so I feel fair counting it toward my annual total. Unlike most field guides, which tell you what the animals look like and how to find them, this book concentrates on the animals' typical behavior and how to understand what you see when you watch them.

It is, frankly, repetitious and more than a bit boring. But such is the price of information sometimes.

The illustrations, by Daniel Otte, are quite beautiful.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tremendous amount of detailed information about many species' behaviors, ... 22 mars 2017
Par Kassandra - Publié sur
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Tremendous amount of detailed information about many species' behaviors, relationships, biological data, etc. I read it back at camp and gained a much greater understanding of the animals the book covers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deeper insight into the behavior you'll see on safari… 19 avril 2016
Par Scott Davis - Publié sur
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Read this before a trip to Tanzania, and it really helped me understand what I was seeing. Prior to reading this work we did a self-drive tour of Namibia (a place everyone should go as soon as they possibly can!!). We saw lots of large mammals, but, not being able to put their behavior into a larger context, I feel (after having read this work) that I didn't appreciate our sightings as fully as I would now.

A great book!

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