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Books on African Mammals, Herps, Butterflies, Conservation & Travel

Including Madagascar & other Indian Ocean Islands

Africa Bird Books
Steve Woodhall. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Struik.Steve Woodhall. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. 464 pages. Over 1800 photographs. Struik 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Torben B. Larsen. The Butterflies of West Africa. 2 volumes. Apollo Books 2005. More than 1,000 pages. 125 plates illustrating 3,900 individual butterflies. When the author started work on this book ten years ago, it was generally believed that there were about 1,000 species of butterflies in the area from Senegal to the Cameroon border. This book includes 1,450 species. The author has described 100 species new to science. He has tried to cram into the pages his field experiences of walking more than 5,000 km through the best remaining natural habitats in Africa. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Torben B. Larsen. Hazards of Butterfly Collecting. 256 pages. Cravitz Printing Company Ltd 2004. Larsen is the author of Butterflies of Egypt, Butterflies of Kenya, and Butterflies of Western Africa. UK | DE | FR
Mark Andrews, Mammals of AfricaMark Andrews. Mammals of Africa. Collins Illustrated Checklist. 304 pages. 80 color plates. HarperCollins 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Richard Hoath. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt. 236 pages. American University in Cairo Press 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Goodman & Benstead (eds.) The Natural History of Madagascar. U. of Chicago Press.Steven M. Goodman & Jonathan P. Benstead (eds.) The Natural History of Madagascar. Details. 1,760 pages. University of Chicago Press, 2004. More than twice the size of the only other book of this type, Daniel Janzen's Costa Rican Natural History (Chicago 1983). An exceptional and comprehensive reference which enables any reader to catch up with the latest discoveries and developments in Madagascar natural history. My recommended graduation gift for any student seriously interested in nature. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Mike Picker, Charles Griffith & Alan Weaving. Field Guide to the Insects of South Africa. 440 pages. Color photographs of more than 1,100 species. Struik 2002. UK
Jonathan Kingdon. The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals. 488 pages. Fine color plates. Poyser and Princeton University Press 1997. US | UK
Chris & Tilde Stuart. Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa. 272 pages. Color photos. Struik. 2nd edition, 1995. US | UK
Peter Apps (ed.) Smithers' Mammals of Southern Africa: A Field Guide. Illustrated by Clare Abbott, Penny Meakin & Noel Ashton. Southern Book Publishers. Revised edition, 1996. US | UK
Heike Schutze. Field Guide to the Mammals of Kruger National Park. 219 pages. Struik 2002. UK
Martin B. Withers & David Hosking. Wildlife of East Africa. Covers 475 common species. 256 pages. 400 color illustrations. Collins Traveler's Guides & Princeton U. Press 2002. US | UK
Richard D. Estes. The Safari Companion: A guide to watching African mammals, including hoofed mammals, carnivores & primates. 459 pages. Chelsea Green. Revised edition, 1999. US | UK
David Andrew & Susan Rhind. Watching Wildlife: East Africa. 336 pages. Lonely Planet. March, 2001. US | UK
Peter Alden. NAS Field Guide to African Wildlife. (same as Collins Photo Guide: African Wildlife). 988 pages. 577 color photos. Knopf 1995. US | UK
Mike Unwin. Southern African Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. 288 pages. Bradt 2003. US | UK
John D. Skinner & R.H.N. Smithers. The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion. I have Smithers' first edition (1983), which was excellent, and the revised edition is even better, with new plates by Dick Findlay. The best reference on the mammals of Southern Africa, with the best illustrations. 771 pages. 38 color plates. Struik. Revised edition, 1991. US | UK
The OkapiSusan Lyndaker Lindsey, Mary Neel Green & Cynthia L. Bennett. The Okapi: Mysterious animal of Congo-Zaïre. 140 pages. University of Texas Press 1999. US | UK
Christophe Boesch & Hedwige Boesch-Achermann. The Chimpanzees of the Taï Forest (Côte d'Ivoire): Behavioural ecology & evolution. 328 pages. Oxford University Press 2000. US | UK
Martha M. Robbins, Pascale Sicotte & Kelly J. Stewart (eds.) Mountain Gorillas: 30 years of research at Karisoke. 448 pages. Cambridge University Press 2001. US | UK
Scott Creel & Nancy Marusha Creel. The African Wild Dog: Behavior, Ecology & Conservation. 392 pages. Princeton University Press 2002. US | UK
Gus Mills (ed.) & Les Hex (photographer). The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals. 356 pages. Struik 1997. US | UK
Nick Garbutt. Mammals of Madagascar. 224 pages. Illustrated with photographs. Pica Press & Yale University Press 1999. US | UK
Field Guide version. 304 pages. Helm 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Russell A. Mittermeier, William R. Konstant, Frank Hawkins, Edward E. Louis, Olivier Langrand, Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Jorg U. Ganzhorn, Serge Rajaobelina, Ian Tattersall and David M. Meyers. Lemurs of Madagascar. Conservation International. Second edition 2006. Details | Order form (pdf). Illustrated by Stephen D. Nash. 356 pages. ISBN: 1881173887.
J-J Peter & J-H van der Sloot. Lemurs of Madagascar and the Comoros. CD-ROM. Biodiversity Center of ETI, 2000. US
Stephen Spawls, Kim Howell, Robert C. Drewes & James Ashe. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa. All the reptiles of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi. Nearly 500 color photos. 500 pages. Poyser & Princeton University Press 2001. US | UK
Stephen Spawls, Kim Howell & Robert C. Drewes. Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa. Covers the most prominent 150 reptiles and 80 amphibians. 144 pages. Poyser & Princeton University Press 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Bill Branch. Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. 368 pages. 600 color photos. Struik. 3rd edition, 1998. US | UK
Alan Channing. Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa. 448 pages. Cornell University Press, 2001. US | UK
Neville I. Passmore & Vincent C. Carruthers. South African Frogs: A Complete Guide. I have the first edition, and it's the best frog book I've ever seen. 324 pages. Color photos. Details. Southern Book Publishers. 2d edition, 1995. US | UK
Vincent C. Carruthers. Frogs & Frogging in Southern Africa. 96 pages, plus CD with 50 frog calls. Color photos. Struik, 2001. UK
Friedrich-Wilhelm Henkel & Wolfgang Schmidt. Amphibians & Reptiles of Madagascar, the Mascarenes, the Seychelles & the Comoros Islands. Krieger Publishing Company. 1st English edition, 2000. 324 pages. US | UK
Graham A. Henning, Stephen F. Henning, John G. Joannou & Stephen E. Woodhall. Living Butterflies of Southern Africa: Biology, Ecology & Conservation. Volume 1: Hesperiidae, Papilionidae & Pieridae. Umdaus Press 1997. Prospectus. A 5-volume set is planned. This is one of the best butterfly books published to date. Most illustrations are field photos of butterflies in natural positions. 406 pages. About 600 color photos. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
E.L.L. Pringle, G.A. Henning & J.B. Ball (eds.) Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa. The most complete coverage of southern African butterflies thus far, but like most other butterfly books, written by museum entomologists and useless for field identification by butterfly watchers. Contains the last 15 of the superb life history plates by Clark that were not published in Van Son (4 vols) or Clark & Dickson. 800 pages. 170 plates. Cloth in slipcase. Struik. 2d edition, 1994. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Torben B. Larsen. The Butterflies of Kenya and their natural history. 500 pages, including 10-page update to the 1991 hardcover edition. 64 color plates of mounted specimens, mostly half specimens. Oxford University Press, 1996 (1991). UK
L.E.O. Braack. A Field Guide to Insects of Kruger National Park. Struik, 1991. US
Keith Coates Palgrave. Revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave Trees of Southern Africa. New Holland. New edition 2002. 1212 pages. US | UK
Chris Stuart & Tilde Stuart. Guide to Southern Africa Game & Nature Reserves. 360 pages. Struik. 4th edition, 1997. US
Brian Johnson Barker. The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Southern Africa. 176 pages. New Holland. 1999. US | UK
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks & Nature Reserves of Southern Africa. Fine "coffee table" book covers more than 800 sites. 423 pages. 3d edition, 1997.
Joseph James Shomon. Wild Edens: Africa's premiere game parks and their wildlife. 288 pages. Texas A&M University Press. 1998. US | UK
L.E.O. Braack. A Visitor's Guide to Kruger National Park. Struik. 4th edition, 1996. US
L.E.O. Braack. Globetrotter Travel Guide: Kruger National Park. 128 pages. New Holland. 2d edition, 2000. US | UK
Hilary Bradt, Derek Schuurman & Nick Garbutt. Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. 138 pages. Bradt. Revised edition, 2001. US | UK
Peter Tyson. The Eighth Continent: Life, Death & Discovery in the Lost World of Madagascar. 368 pages. Avon Books 2000. US | UK
Majestic Southern Africa: Land of Beauty & Splendour. Another fine "coffee table" book by the Reader's Digest. Available directly from Reader's Digest South Africa for R299.95.
Shiva Naipaul. North of South: An African Journey. One of the most entertaining travel books of the 20th Century. 352 pages. Penguin reprint 1996 (1978). US | UK
Redmond O'Hanlon. No Mercy: A journey to the heart of the Congo. 462 pages. Vintage Books 1998. US | UK
Helen Winternitz. East Along the Equator: A journey up the Congo and into Zaïre. 274 pages. Atlantic Monthy Press 1987. US | UK
Kevin Kertscher. Africa Solo: A journey across the Sahara, Sahel and Congo. 220 pages. Softcover Steerforth Press 1987. US | UK
Tom Sheppard. Vehicle-dependent Expedition Guide. For extended out-back trips beyond the scope of this page. 548 pages. Desert Winds. 2nd edition 2003. Also, see the 4x4 Overland Forum. UK
Chris Scott. Sahara Overland: A route & planning guide. Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Egypt. 576 pages. Trailblazer Publications 2000. US | UK
Charlie Shackell & Illya Bracht. Africa By Road. Bradt 2001. US | UK
Alan Mountain & Michael Brett. Touring Atlas of Southern Africa. 192 pages. Struik 1997. US | UK
Hilary Bradt. Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide. 384 pages. Bradt. 7th edition, 2002. US | UK
Chris McIntyre. Namibia: The Bradt Travel Guide. 496 pages. Second edition, 2003. US | UK | Free online version (1st ed.)
Chris McIntyre. Botswana: The Bradt Travel Guide. 320 pages. Bradt 2002. US | UK
Mike Main. African Adventurer's Guide to Botswana. 304 pages. Struik 2002. UK
Chris McIntyre. Zambia: The Bradt Travel Guide. 416 pages. Bradt. 2nd edition, 1999. US | UK | FREE ONLINE VERSION
Camerapix. Spectrum Guide to Zimbabwe. 364 pages. Struik. Revised edition, 2001. US | UK
Philip Briggs. Malawi: The Bradt Travel Guide. 272 pages. Bradt. 3rd edition, 2003. US | UK
Philip Briggs. Mozambique: The Bradt Travel Guide. 240 pages. Third edition, 2002. US | UK
Philip Briggs. Tanzania: The Bradt Travel Guide. 640 pages. Bradt. 4th edition 2002. US | UK

5th Edition 2006: US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Philip Briggs. Uganda: The Bradt Travel Guide. 304 pages. Bradt. 4th edition, 2003: US | UK
Janice Booth & Philip Briggs. Rwanda: The Bradt Travel Guide. 272 pages. Bradt. Second edition, 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Philip Briggs. Ethiopia: The Bradt Travel Guide. 560 pages. Bradt. 4th edition, 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Jim Hudgens and Richard Trillo. West Africa: The Rough Guide. 1312 pages. The best West Africa guidebook. 4th ed. 2003. US | UK
Stuart Butler. Benin: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Philip Briggs. Ghana: The Bradt Travel Guide. 368 pages. Bradt. 2d edition, 2001. US | UK
Jolijn Geels. Niger: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Katrina Manson & James Knight. Burkina Faso: The Bradt Travel Guide. Bradt 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Ross Velton. Mali: The Bradt Travel Guide. 320 pages. Bradt. Second edition, 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Lyn Mair, Lynnath Beckley. Seychelles: The Bradt Travel Guide. 224 pages. Bradt 2001. US | UK
Royston Ellis, Alexandra Richards, Derek Schuurman. Mauritius, Rodrigues, Réunion. The Bradt Travel Guide. 320 pages. 5th edition 2002. US | UK

6th edition 2006: US | UK | DE | FR | CA

David Else & Heather Tyrrell. Zanzibar: The Bradt Travel Guide. 304 pages. Bradt. 5th edition, 2002. US | UK

Chris McIntyre. 6th Edition 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Craig Emms & Linda Barnett. The Gambia: The Bradt Travel Guide. 272 pages. Bradt 2001. US | UK

2nd edition 2006: US | UK | DE | FR | CA

Andrew Burke. The Gambia & Senegal. 384 pages. Lonely Planet. 2nd edition, 2002. US | UK
Tom Parkinson & Matt Phillips. Kenya. 416 pages. Lonely Planet. 6th edition, 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Heidi Edsall, Paula Hardy & Mara Vorhees. Morocco. 492 pages. Lonely Planet. 7th edition, 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Matt Fitzpatrick. Mozambique. 200 pages. Lonely Planet. 2000. US | UK
Deanna Swaney. Namibia. 320 pages. Lonely Planet. 2002. US | UK
Paul Greenway & Deanna Swaney. Botswana. 256 pages. Lonely Planet 2002. US | UK
Luke Hunter & Susan Rhind. Watching Wildlife: Southern Africa. 160 pages. Lonely Planet 2001. US | UK
James Azema. Footprint Libya Handbook. 352 pages. 50 maps. 2000. US | UK
Justin McGuiness. Footprint Tunisia Handbook. 576 pages. 3rd edition, 2002. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
John F. Oates. Myth and Reality in the Rain Forest: How Conservation Strategies Are Failing in West Africa. University of California Press, 1999. 338 pages. 9 maps. 31 b/w photos. US | UK
William Weber, Lee J.T. White, Lisa Naughton-Treves (eds.) African Rain Forest Ecology and Conservation: an Interdisciplinary Perspective. Yale U. Press, 2001. 624 pages. US | UK
W.D. Newmark. Conserving Biological Diversity in East African Forests: A study of the Eastern Arc Mountains. Springer 2002. 200 pages. US | UK
Richard B. Peterson. Conversations in the Rainforest: Culture, values and the environment in Central Africa. Westview Press, 2000. 320 pages. US | UK
Deborah Blum. The Monkey Wars. Oxford University Press, 1996 (1994). 318 pages. US | UK
C.A. Hamilton. Deforestation in Uganda. 104 pages. Oxford University Press, 1985. UK
Christine Walley. Rough Waters: Nature and development in an East African Marine Park. Princeton University Press 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Michele L.Thieme, Robin Abell, Melanie L.J. Stiassny, Paul Skelton, et al. Freshwater Ecoregions of Africa and Madagascar: A conservation assessment. 568 pages. Island Press 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA


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