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Collins Traveller's Guide

Wildlife of Southern Africa

Publisher’s Description

The perfect companion for the safari enthusiast, this complete traveller's guide to the wildlife of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Malawi is a must-have for all those considering a trip to the game reserves of this highly popular region. Written and illustrated by wildlife experts who have been leading safaris in the region for over 20 years, and featuring over 400 species of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and insect, this informative guide makes the perfect companion for all those considering a trip to the game reserves of southern Africa. Each species is illustrated with a full-colour photograph and features a full species description. Key information on wildlife photography is also included, such as the best type of camera, film and lenses to use, along with information on techniques and codes of conduct.Fatbirder View

I assume that this book is aimed at the general traveler that wants to know what they see when on safari or enjoying a vacation. Its long on birds and mammals and very short on the rest – which may reflect the availability of images, the editors whim or an idea that most people who want to know what they see in a casual way have those priorities.

I think this is seriously open to question. Anyone wanting to know what birds they see in southern Africa have a whole range of fieldguides to choose from, some cheap and all comprehensive. Mammals are attractive to just about anyone so the emphasis there is not misplaced but there are so few butterflies, lizards and other small wonders as to make it more a frustrating book than a useful guide.

I’m afraid that, I am pretty sure that even if I were not a keen birder I would want something that covered a lot more butterflies and the sort of critter likely to be found almost anywhere you stay and that would certainly mean more reptiles and insects covered.

If you are really keen you would get some dedicated books, if not why bother with one that shows so many birds? Collins is a publisher with plenty of savvy so I may be wrong – but if I had to sum it up in a word I’d say – disappointing.Fatbirder

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