WILDLIFE REGIONS (top)
This book focuses mainly on the broad delta region of Okavango, which also includes the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Lake Ngami. The information here is based mostly on the year that the author spent in this region, managing to capture its inhabitants and landscape in various seasons and moods. His aim was to present his experience in a unique way, so the guide is set in a similar fashion to a drama or stage play. While this may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s an interesting way to present a verbal view of this region’s wildlife.
The different style here means that this book isn’t meant to be used as a guide for tourists to the Okavango region. It’s more like a souvenir book for those who are interested in this region and want to acquaint themselves with it in the best way possible. It will give a great visual tour of the Delta area and will refresh the memory of those who have already visited it. Certainly reading about this Capable Man of History: Charles Darwin, can give you insight into wild life.
This is a pocket-sized photographic guide that shows us the various species of plants and animals that one can find in the Okavango region. It can be used as a guidebook for a short trip to this part of the world. The pages cover almost every species one could see on such a trip, including various interesting reptiles, birds, mammals, fishes, aquatic plants, trees, etc.
The book is put together by Duncan Butchart, who is a known naturalist as well as a skilled photographer and illustrator. His efforts have given rise to several popular books and articles. There’s a wealth of information in these pages, starting from the introduction which talks about the geology, habitats, climates, and the roles of various animals. The accounts about the species also have concise text descriptions about the appearance, habits, and other traits of the subjects. While the book is comprehensive, it’s also easy to navigate and use while one is traveling.
This resource book talks about the Skeleton Coast in Namibia. This area was once a shunned and feared place due to the dangerous coastline. Now, it’s cherished as a peaceful, tranquil area that boasts a lot of natural beauty as well. Many explorers, miners, and other people have been drawn to this region, but it’s still not frequented too often. As a result, it might still present a mystery for many tourists. This book takes us on a visual journey of this region with several captivating photographs and interesting text that gives the details.
The Skeleton Coast is among the most fascinating and unusual places of beauty in the world, so a guide like this is useful for making the most of a trip there. The author captures the wonders of this land through her lens and her words, while also advocating for the place to be preserved and protected from human encroachment.
Namibia is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations of Africa. This book provides both a souvenir and a representation of the Namibian experience, clearly portraying the people, the amazing landscapes, deserts, wildlife, and even the architectural beauty within the region. Other famous sights include the Skeleton Coast, the Fish River Canyon, and the plains. The latter are filled with a lot of game, so it’s possible that hunters might be interested in this souvenir book as well. Overall, anyone who’s interested in knowing more about this part of Africa will do well to pick up this work.
This work gives us an illustrated guide to the African Kruger National Park. The pictures are by Nigel Dennis, who’s a known photographer of nature. His contributions are full-color and striking, giving a reader a taste of what it would be like in the park itself. There are also some maps inside, which can help one navigate the park or get an idea of its attractions. The text is a treatise on the geology of the park but does not focus on the animals too much.
Around 650,000 people flock to the Kruger National Park each year, many of them being repeat visitors. This book will be useful for both the park visitors as well as those who plan to go there some day. It’s also a beautiful work that could be of value on its own, especially with the evocative pictures and brilliant colors.
This book is a journey of discovery for its readers, giving them an insight into several varying landscapes, including the vast Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta with its lush wilderness. Overall, the work can be taken as a sort of visual essay for the whole country, especially the wildlife and the people. The beautiful photographs display the aridity and vastness of the deserts as well as the rich greenery of the waterways. The overview of the country is vastly diverse but well-represented by this work.
There’s also an introductory text at the beginning of the book, which has certain useful details. These include the establishment of a historical perspective and an insight into the stark realities of this country.
This is a souvenir book that illustrates the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park located in South Africa. It gives us information about almost every species one can find in this area, from the tiniest insects to the largest animals. There are photographs here of the park in different seasons, while the various Kalahari moods are also represented.
Along with the photographs, there’s also quite a bit of text to help bring the park to life for those who haven’t visited it yet. This text gives insight into how nature, life, and survival is balanced within this wilderness. The book will also be a good choice for anyone who has visited African and wants to revisit their experience.
Botswana: A Brush with the Wild by Paul Augustinus is a book that takes the reader on a visit to the wildlife and surroundings of the northern areas of the country. It also takes care to include the little-known, secret places of this region, where one can feel absolutely alone and remote from the rest of the world.
The author of this book has lived in this northern wilderness for several years. He’s strived to represent his experience through this book, with various photographs and reproductions of his paintings. Since Augustinus is both an artist and a traveler, he’s well equipped to illustrate the region and bring it to life for other travelers and explorers.
This book is a field guide for those who want to know the wildlife of southern African better. It describes around 2000 animal and plant species, accompanied by several accurate fully-colored illustrations. His volume has been a trustworthy field companion for several readers so far and has also gone through many comprehensive updates. There are diagnostic features in bold type, while the chapters are coded by color for easy reference purposes. Every main animal and plant group in this region is covered in these pages, including spiders, insects, frogs, grasses, ferns, fungi, etc.
The author of this work is a known environmentalist who has contributed to several reputed publications. He is also on the board of many environmental organizations and has a management consultancy as well. Many readers have used his work as a reference for their YouTube viewings as well as their real-life trips.
GENERAL WILDLIFE (top)
This is one of the Princeton Field Guides, a series of authoritative, portable works about the flora and fauna of different regions. This particular book covers the Arctic region, containing amazing color illustrations and covering the 800+ species one can find in this part of the world.
The species under discussion here include several categories; including birds, butterflies, plants, fishes, and mammals. There are several habitats to consider as well, such as the oceans, tundras, polar deserts, etc. One of the most interesting features is the discussion on the unique characteristics of each species that enable it to survive within the Far North’s extreme conditions.
With the color plates and key identification features, this guide is very useful for quickly identifying most species within this area. There are also alternative names given in several languages like Russian, Norwegian, French, German, Inuit, and English.
This resource book is a pictorial work that gives nature lovers and Borneo visitors an insight into this treasure island and its wildlife mysteries. There are over 350 images within these pages, all taken by professional wildlife photographers. These pay a tribute to some spectacular species that reside on this tropical island, which is the second-largest of its kind in the world.
The work displays the beauty of the biodiversity in this region, including some very rare and private moments. There’s also some text that gives us little-known facts referring to the wildlife there, all backed up by recent research. There are descriptions of the top wildlife locations within the area, along with recommendations of blogs, sites, and further reading for especially interested readers.
3. National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America — Arthur V. Evans
This is a photographic field guide that gives us updated information regarding the insects, spiders, and several other related species that can be found in North America. Its intended audience consists of both novice and experts, as it has information for easily identifying 940 species and more. There are also two thousand close-up photos that let naturalists look at the distinguishing field marks of each species.
Along with the pictures, one can find some clear and concise text here that helps readers understand the habits, life cycle, and other behaviors of the species. Plus, there’s also a lot of information on taking one’s interest further, such as keeping an arthropod garden or how to keep insects in captivity.
4. People and Wildlife, Conflict, or Co-existence? — de Rosie Woodroffe, Simon Thirgood, Alan Rabinowitz
Since human encroachment on natural habitats is inevitable, this resource book is an invaluable tool for understanding the relationship between people and wildlife species. Several endangered species can also be quite dangerous for humans, so this work deals with how one can get a viable solution to the conflict between humans and animals. These include discussions on novel farming practices, controlled hunting, different types of tourism, and developing conservation policies.
Overall, this book is a good investment for those who are interested in the issue of conservation and how it can be carried out. There’s a lot of information here about the coexistence of humans with several types of wildlife, with several global examples to illustrate the concept.
This is a resource that provides essential guidance to the wonders of wildlife found within the Caribbean Islands. It’s a comprehensive and illustrated guide for those who want to visit this place, with over 600 brilliantly-colored images. These represent around 451 plant and animal species. Also included are fish, bird, seashell, and many other categories.
The work here doesn’t cover every single species found on these islands, but it does talk about the most common and conspicuous ones. There are also some images of certain rare creatures like the Rhinoceros Iguana. This gives the reader a better idea of the wildlife diversity within this region. Along with the intriguing photos and research, the book is also compact and easy to carry while traveling.
6. Wild Encounters: Iconic Photographs of the World’s Vanishing Animals and Cultures — de David Yarrow
This is an important resource for readers who are nature lovers, passionate about conservation or just like to stay updated on wildlife in general. The research here involves species from almost every continent and habitat, including remote villages, rainforests, deserts, and tundras. The author here turns familiar animals into a new experience in order to connect with the audience on a more emotional level. The photos are the result of a legendary wildlife photographer’s efforts along with a lot of risk from the animals themselves.
This book consists mostly of photographs, which should make it a good addition to any coffee table or library. The portraits are sharp and clear, bringing the animal to life in an unprecedented manner. It’s no surprise that the work has gained several awards and is popular with its intended audience.
This book is a New York Times bestseller and comes with a foreword by the famous author Barbara Kingsolver. There are more than 250 images here, each one by the well-known photographer Gerrit Vyn. There are also several essays here by experts on the subject, such as Jared Diamond and Lyanda Lynn Haupt.
The photos and essays within this work are an explanation of the relationship and connection between people and birds. The text is thought-provoking and authoritative, while the settings of the images are spread all over the world. A few examples include a woods in Arkansas, urban Seattle, and a remote Russian village.
This resource is an identification guide that comprehensively covers the wildlife that can be found in the Galápagos. The book itself was first published more than 10 years ago and is known as one of the most definite and classic field guides within this genre. It helps readers appreciate the natural wonder in this corner of the globe. The information has been updated since the first edition and the content has also expanded to include hundreds of common plants, birds, mammals, and other kinds of species. There are Spanish names used as well, which would be helpful to a wider audience.
Overall, this is a portable companion for anyone who’s enthusiastic about nature or is planning to visit this area anytime soon.
This resource book takes the reader on a visit to certain rich and scenic animal habitats, including mountains, rainforests, desserts, etc. It discusses some of the most important species within these regions, with portrait photography to illustrate the text. Overall, the pages bring us up close to the animals and help us understand their ways.
Every animal in this book plays a major role in their environment, while the illustrated reference section explains the different groups for better understanding. There are intertwining facts presented on each entry, while the last section gives us detailed discussions on invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, and fish.
10. National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals — de Joel Sartore
This resource by National Geographic contains several examples of unique wildlife photography. The work is a lifelong project by the photographer, who wants to make portraits of every animal in the world. The focus is especially on endangered species. While the message is a powerful and serious one, it’s conveyed through a bit of humor, compassion, and art. The idea behind the project is to get people to know the animals better so that they’d be more interested in saving them.
The photographer behind this resource has traveled the world and visited many zoos, wildlife rescue centers, and other places in order to create studio portraits of as many animals as possible. He’s covered around 12,000 species so far and has the goal of photographing every animal that’s in captivity. The pictures are accompanied by the inspiring prose by a professional wildlife writer.
ANIMAL GUIDES (top)
This reference book is a comprehensive and updated guide on the mammal species in Greater Southern Africa. It contains recent research, distribution maps, color-coded family grouping, skull photographs, and descriptions of the different species in quite a bit of detail. There are hundreds of mammal species in this part of the world, so a reference like this is a useful tool for getting acquainted with most of them. Even the smaller creatures, which are usually omitted, have been given proper attention within this work.
The book itself is put together by the co-founders of the African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre, Chris and Mathilde Stuart. They’ve co-authored several books on the animals of East and Southern Africa, along with publishing many scientific papers and articles on related topics.
This work is a photographic representation of the area and those that live within it. It has several accounts detailing nighttime lion hunts, the social systems that elephants have set up, and several other interesting accounts of these species. There are also insights into the personalities of the animals themselves, making this a delightful and engaging read.
The book takes readers though a heavily populated African game reserve. It’s like going on a safari in a verbal form, as we get to experience the wonders of African wildlife. The information here will also do away with several misconceptions about these African mammals. The pictures and text are not sentimental, though, so there are some graphic descriptions and images about how lions kill their prey.
This field guide covers the land mammals of the African continent. It’s an important reference for those who are planning to go on an African safari. The coverage of African mammals is comprehensive, reliable, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. There are color illustrations, distribution maps, and a focus on many more species than the previous edition. Even experienced naturalists will find this work useful and interesting.
The book is penned by the known artist Jonathan Kingdon, who is also a leading authority on the mammals of Africa. He’s also the name behind several other works about African mammals, some of which have won awards.
This guide is a somewhat unconventional reference, as it takes the reader on a mission to understand the behavior of various African mammals and the reasons behind it. The illustrations are by Daniel Otte and bring the text of Richard Estes to life. Overall, this book is concerned with the behavior of four specific mammal species. There’s a wealth of updated information that will be useful for any interested layman as well as an experienced zoologist.
If one is fascinated by African wildlife or is planning a safari in this area anytime soon, this book is a good reference to start with. It will help us prepare for the African sights and give us a practical introduction to many fascinating species.
This book is a field guide that describes around two thousand species of African plants and animals. It contains fully-colored and accurate illustrations as well as several comprehensive updates. There are color-coded chapters, range maps for most of the groups under discussion, and text contributed by leading experts in various fields. The main groups are dealt with, including mammals, trees, fungi, wildflowers, etc.
Carruthers, the name behind this compilation, is a famed environmentalist. He’s contributed towards several well-known publications that deal with the species living in Africa. This author has also won awards for his work as a zoologist and is on the board of several environmental organizations.
This is a book that looks at the wild dog species of the African savanna. The discussion included facts and observations about their hunting techniques, how they rear their pups, and the social behavior they follow. These wild dogs, also known as Lycaon pictus, have been a part of the sub-Saharan African for millennia. They’re social scavengers, have an important role in the ecosystem of the grasslands, and were once useful for culling the weakest members of vast herds. However, these dogs were soon labeled a threat after livestock production and farming increased in scale.
With only a few thousand of the species surviving, Lycaon pictus is one of the most endangered animals in Africa. This book gives us several illustrations and facts about the species, making a well-argued case for their preservation. It’s an interesting read for anyone who loves animals and is interested in preserving endangered species.
This is a compact field guide that can help the readers identify South African mammals. It discusses the skull formation, droppings, and spoors of various species, giving us updated information on the identification signs. There are also illustrations for each species as well as pictures of skulls for all the carnivores under discussion. With comparative sections, colored photographs, and distribution maps, this is certainly a reference that can help anyone track animals in the best manner.
Overall, this reference is great for learning about the animals you can see in Africa. It’s also a useful investment if someone is travelling to African in the near future and wants some guidance on how to track their animals of their interest.
This is a work that will help us understand how mammals in South Africa behave, based on the feeding, social, communicative, and courtship characteristic among many other factors. It looks at what these animals do and attempts to form an explanation for most of these actions.
The text here is written clearly and provides a wealth of information on animal behavior in this area. The color photos are sharp and capture moments that are usually hard to find in nature. It can also work as a field companion to any book regarding the behavior of African mammals.
This work is put together by a duo of naturalists who have won Emmy awards for their work. They are also cinematographers and have lived with lions in Botswana for around 13 years. The book gives us a number of fascinating photographs as well as information about the nocturnal life of these big cats. The images even include their fierce nighttime killing behavior.
These pages are the result of about two decades’ work by the authors, who have won many awards for their documentaries and other efforts. The text is also well-written, making this book a detailed work on the habits of these African lions. One can also use this as a companion piece to the National Geographic documentary called ‘Eternal Enemies-Lions and Hyenas’.
This work gives readers a detailed outlook on African elephants, enhancing the interest by several colorful pictures taken by famous nature photographers. There is also a lot of informative text that’s written on the basis of eyewitness observations. Many people find African elephants fascinating and magnificent; they would appreciate this book as a celebration of these creatures in their unspoiled habitats.
With this reference source, one can become familiar with the social relationships and unique behavior of African elephants. We can also benefit from the four years of experience from the author, which included an almost-fatal encounter. There are also several interesting captions with the pictures, helping us gain more insight into the lives of these awe-inspiring animals. The forwards are of interest as well, as they give us several views regarding the survival of elephants. The views include contributors who are among the best authorities on African elephants.
This book is based on the experience of the author, who spent almost two years of his life in Mala Mala living with leopards. He faced many struggles and obstacles in his journey, but finally managed to gain the trust of a female leopard. He, along with his teammate Kim, managed to learn from this female as well as her offspring and author a book based on what they learned.
The work here mostly talks about the struggles of the leopard’s life, starting from its birth. It’s a comprehensive work that can help the reader understand this magnificent creature in depth.
This is a reference that comes with around 200 color photographs and an insight into the world of four neighboring lion prides. The region in question is Botswana’s Okavango Delta, which boasts several diverse habitats. From these pages, one can learn how the lions of this area go about their life, including their mating, hunting, and socializing techniques. This source can also help those interested in lions realize their misconceptions and assumptions about this species. For instance, lions could make many hunting mistakes, including leaving their vulnerable offspring to predators at times.
Along with the fascinating insights, there are also some beautiful illustrations contributed by Chris Harvey. The group uses some groundbreaking methods, helping us experience the lives of these lions in a detailed way.
BIRD GUIDES (top)
This book is a good reference guide for those who want to know about birds’ eggs in great detail. It looks at the journey of an egg from the moment of its creation to its fertilization and the eventual hatching. The text also provides scientific knowledge and historical context.
The work here is mostly that of Tim Birkhead, who is an acclaimed ornithologist. He begins with guillemot eggs and takes the reader all the way to hen eggs, cuckoo eggs, and many more. The pages reveal little-known and fascinating facts about the eggs themselves. They also contain stories about people who were interested in collecting and studying eggs.
Overall, this is a great read for anyone who’s interested in ornithology. The writing is clear and simple enough for laymen to understand. There’s also a glossary at the end for refreshing facts.
This book is an interesting and informative history of ornithology, explaining how it evolved into the modern science it is today. The work traces how studying birds was shaped by several visionaries, many of whom were quite controversial in their time. It also looks at the social plus scientific contexts of the unique work of these individuals.
The opening of this history is in the mid-19th century, when the field of ornithology was mainly based on museum work. From there on, the reader is treated to stories about eccentric early ornithologists, thrilling insights, and several influential figures. The pages bring the history of ornithology to life for modern readers, even including detailed interviews.
This reference book about birds gives us an insight into these creatures as the working of their brains. While the cerebral part of birds might be much smaller and work very differently from their mammalian counterparts, they are still capable of extraordinary intellect. The work here contains details of how birds use their brains for tool-making, memory, map-making, creating beauty, and several other tasks. Overall, the work will help one understand the true complexity and vastness of bird intelligence.
While the writing might be a bit dry at times, the text here is the result of extensive research regarding bird intelligence. It strives to answer several questions about bird behavior, such as their migratory patterns and how they choose their mates. Any bird lover would be happy with this book in their collection.
This is an exploratory reference book that looks at how different bird species have demonstrated their navigational and spatial awareness as well as the use of tools. It also sees how recent experiments revealed the self-awareness, problem-solving ability, and sophisticated thought process of birds. There are several illustrations in the introduction for this subject, explaining the anatomy of the avian brain as well as its working.
There are about seven chapters in this work, each including subtopics to enhance the knowledge of the reader. The writing is aimed at a general reader, not necessarily academics alone. The text and illustrations are well-integrated, even though the discussion on certain subjects might be too brief.
This is a book that helps the reader acknowledge and appreciate the variety, scale, and drama of birdlife in Britain. It includes discussions and descriptions of hunter breeds, the vast flock, and even the exotic invaders in this part of the world. The author is a nature writer as well as a poet who wants to share his passion with his readers.
The text here is informative and entertaining along with being lyrical at times. Each species is discussed with great enthusiasm, making for a stimulating and enjoyable read. It will make a good addition to any bird lover’s book collection or even for a general library.
The author of this work is among the most well-known writers on the subject of birds. Here, he gives us more than 30 tales about birding and experiences with birds. The essays include funny moments as well as a wealth of information about the subject at hand. Dunne himself is an expert in birding, teaching, and writing. The illustrations by David Gothard bring the discussion to life while also helping the reader follow the story.
The writing in this book is engaging, with a deep focus on birds and their behavior. Since the stories are short, this volume might be best for bedtime reading or studying within a classroom setting.
This is a book about birding that was the result of the author’s journey to find himself. Birding was a passion with Neil Hayward, who found calm and peace in the world of ornithology. The work here was penned after his search for the most bird species within a year’s time. The research hence spans about six provinces and twenty-eight states.
These pages include about 759 bird species, which also broke the Big Year record. The stories inside are engaging, interesting, and share the thrill of discovering with the reader. The reader will also gain insight into the working of the author’s mind. Overall, this is an entertaining book that one can read for pleasure as well as for information about birds.
This reference resource talks about the landscape and habitats of raptors. The author has penned several personal accounts of his observations, documenting his vast experience with these birds of prey. He has managed to transfer his fascination into text, which presents an evocative and stimulating read for the bird lover.
The writing here might not be good for academic use, but it helps to bring several scenes to life. A walking trip spanning 800 miles and more was the basis of this work, so the text might be worth reading for itself as well as for information about birds. There are descriptions of landscapes, histories, and several areas as well as the raptors themselves.
This work includes several magnificent photos of owls, among which several species are endangered ones. This makes the book an especially precious and valuable commodity, as it helps ornithologists and laymen understand the beauty and importance of these birds. In addition to being a tribute to owls, this book is also a call to action.
The text and pictures here give the reader knowledge about natural history and wildlife. The result is a suitable read for several groups; professional, academic, young adult, etc. It would also be interesting reading for those who take an interest in conservation, the wildlife habitats of North America, and nature in general.
10. Handbook of Bird Biology (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) by Irby J. Lovette and John W. Fitzpatrick
This is a handbook that can work as a comprehensive and vital resource for anyone who’s interested in birds and wants to know more about them. The main audience for this work includes formal ornithology students, casual bird watchers, and anyone in between. The information here will make studying birds more enjoyable by enhancing one’s understanding of diverse avian lifestyles.
This handbook covers the behavior, physiology, conservation, ecology, diversity, and evolution of several avian species. It uses examples taken from birds around the globe, exploring and distilling the main scientific discoveries within this aspect of the natural world. There are hundreds of full-colored images as well as lots of information for all kinds of groups who are interested in birds.
TREE & FLORA GUIDES (top)
This field guide is equipped with beautiful illustrations and detailed decorations about many plant species one can find in the Okavango Delta. It’s used by many safari guides in African countries and is also suitable for a personal library. Even though the title specifically mentions the Delta region in Botswana, readers can use this as a reference book for most South African countries.
Along with the illustrations, this work is also useful for learning about the dietary, medicinal, and other customary uses for the trees and shrubs in this part of the world. Veronica Roodt, who is the author of this book, is widely regarded in her field for being an authority on this and other related subjects.
This reference book has illustrations in full color, while the paper is glossy and of good quality. The work covers around 50 wildflower species that can be found in the Okavango Delta region in Botswana. Each description comes with its own colored photos and illustration. There are also several line drawings. The uses of these flowers, both as food and medicine, are also discussed in some detail.
We can use this resource for finding out the ideal soil type for each flower species, along with the kind of animals that use it for food, and the extent of its nutrition value. The back of this book also contains a campfire quiz which makes it a good option for students. The detailed reference makes it easy to look up specific species that might interest the reader.
This resource book is penned by authors that are well-known for their work in field guides for trees and flora of South Africa. This particular guide is a bestselling one that offers updated text, several entries about different species, colored photographs, distribution maps, and pictures of full trees. This book will hence be good for those who are working in related fields and want a closer look at the trees in the South African region.
With this guide, the reader can better understand and experience about a thousand tree species of South Africa. This does leave out quite a lot more that can be found in this region, but the book focuses on the most common species that a visitor can easily counter. All the species covered in these pages are arranged in 43 groups, divided based on stem features and leaf characteristics.
This reference book contains an interesting, easily readable text and some stunning photographic contributions. It depicts Africa in a delightful way for the layman, all the while revealing the variety and beauty of the trees in the Transvaal Lowveld region. Each photograph comes with a detailed illustration and text that will trigger the readers’ thought process.
The pictures and text here introduce and guide us about the beautiful trees, their shapes, changing colors, flowers, fruits, and the animals that interact with them. These trees are called the lifeblood of the Transvaal Lowveld, especially the eastern part. With this resource, we can better understand what they look like and how they contribute to the rest of the wilderness of the area.
Grasses are among the most important of food crops and were also one of the first plants ever to be cultivated by human beings. This resource book gives us an insight into the grasses of South Africa, which play a major role in the ecology of that region. The most useful functions of these grasses are for preventing soil erosion and being a source of food for animals.
This guide has fully-colored illustrations, with discussions and descriptions of several common grasses in the South African region. The grass species under discussion here are 320 of the most important ones in this part of the world. There’s also a grass identification key, about a thousand color photographs, and several icons that help readers quickly absorb key information. Overall, this work will help even novices locate and identify many common grass species in South Africa.
This resource consists of a concise listing of the indigenous trees in South Africa. It’s an essential choice for any individual or group who’s interested in the diverse and varied tree and flora species within this region. The latter editions have been updated and now contain the recent chafes for the naming and classification of trees.
Inside, there are more than 1500 entries for trees, with most of the descriptions bearing illustrations as well. These include trees that are native to places like Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, and South Africa in general. There are also indices of scientific names, common names in local languages, and standard tree numbers to make the retrieval of information easier. The distribution maps inside will also help readers note how the trees occur within the subcontinent.
This resource contains illustrations and a color guide of about 236 flowering plant species that can be found in the Kalahari dunes. It doesn’t cover each and every species native to this area, though, but concentrates on the most conspicuous and common ones. However, there are also a few endemic and rare species included in the text.
The discussion of the plant species in these pages has been divided into several groups based on their growth form. This makes the identification of each plant easier for the readers and researchers. The identifications of the pants have been done by staff at the Schweickerdt Herbarium and the National Botanical Institute. Both English and Afrikaan names have been used whenever possible. While there is some important information in the text, the main means of species identification is through the photos.
This is a guide for the referencing and identification of the trees within the South African region. It covers about 300 common species of trees in the area, including both naturalized and native examples. There are descriptive accounts that highlight the main identification characteristics. Around 950 photographs illustrate the growth form of these trees as well as their bark, fruits, and flowers. Also included are distribution maps, information about habitat preferences, reference to similar or related species, and many icons for giving readers information at a glance. Overall, this is a user-friendly and innovative guide to help us shortlist most species we encounter in this part of the world.
This photographic guide is an organized option that’s filled out with several professional photographs. The contents include the introduction, climate, wildflower regions, recommended wildflower guides, a quick guide to wildflower groups, index of scientific names, Namaqualand, and many other chapters. The flowers are discussed in turn according to the type of habitat they flourish in, thus making it simpler to choose the section that’s relevant to one’s interest.
Every species here is labeled with its scientific name as well as its common family name. The illustrations are each accompanied by a brief description, accompanied by notes on the habitat of the plant as well as a distribution map. The text is contributed by a leading expert in this specific field and includes medicinal, cultural, and historical facts about the flowers.
10. Field guide to the ericas of the Western Cape Peninsula by Inge Oliver and Ted Oliver
This is a pocket-sized guide book that discusses the ericas within their native habitats. This is a plant group that’s beloved to gardeners, so it might be a relevant choice for any person with a gardening interest. Here, the ericas are explained and described along with the official explanation for their distribution, scientific names, etc. Also includes are descriptions with brief details and some general comments. Researchers and readers would be able to better visualize each species better with the line drawings for every entry. The book is mainly aimed at an interested but novice audience, though the authors are among the experts in their chosen field.
Acacias are sometimes called ‘thorn trees’ and are a well-known plus distinction group within Africa. These trees have an undeniable connection to the usual African landscape, especially as they’re among the largest tree groups to be found there. This particular book is a comprehensive one and makes identifying acacias much easier than before.
The pages inside contain a complete discussion of 48 species as well as the subspecies of the Acacia genus. The Afrikaan and English names are both in use, as well as any available names in other languages such as Xulu, Venda, Xhosa, German, etc. The color photographs are crisp and clear, helping to identify the most important features of a plant. There’s also some concise text included, which details the appearance, shoots, leaves, habitat, pods, seeds, and other aspects of each plant.
This book is part of a series that invites beginners and amateur tree enthusiasts to take steps towards informing themselves about several tree species. The text and illustrations inside make it easy to identify a certain species. The photographs and pictures are pleasing to look at, while the text is full of useful facts. Overall, this is a guide that provides easy and convenient tree identification.
Other features of this book include grids for showing seasonal changes, the uses of each tree for animals and humans, gardening tips, information about hiking trails, lodges, and parks, etc. There are also accurate maps for giving precise information about locations. The terminology remains simple throughout, helping to attract average tree spotters as well as professional ones.
This reference guide is useful for understanding the floral wonderland that grows within Namaqualand in the season of spring. The pages will introduce readers to the orange, white, and yellow flowers that cover this region, along with several other species such as succulents, dwarf shrubs, and bulbs. There are about 600 species discussed in this book, with a focus on the most common ones as well as those that are interesting and/or conspicuous.
The introduction for this guide gives us an idea about the species selection, while the main body includes details about the fruits, seeds, uses, flowering times, growing conditions, and several other aspects of each species.
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This reference book is a good option for those interested in science or the field of herpetology in general. It’s fairly accessible and can be used as an introduction to the subject as well. There’s a lot of detailed information about various aspects of this field, including behavioral ecology and evolution. One can use this for a veterinary school library or as part of a collection for experienced reptile enthusiasts.
The authors of this book have doctorates in herpetology and are professors of the subject as well. The text is laid out well and quite easy to navigate even if the reader is still a novice. This volume is technically college level, but it can also be suitable for younger ages if they want to know more about herpetology. The small print, graphs, charts, and statistics could be overwhelming for some, but it’s overall a useful investment.
This is a science-based book about the field of herpetology. It’s compiled with young readers in mind and is currently used in many schools, educational youth groups, and science centers. The text is written with a scientific approach and focuses on conservation and biology. However, it also gives information on other related subjects like activities for the readers and how they can handle reptiles themselves.
Three authors worked together on this book, each of whom has a background in sustainability and ecology. This is why there’s also a bit of discussion on how to conserve the habitats of reptiles and amphibians. The book itself is detailed and filled out with several high-quality photographs.
This is a classic book that can also be purchased as a collector’s item. It was first printed a long time ago, so readers might expect to find some outdated information even if the edition is an updated one. Still, it’s a useful and interesting addition to any collection.
The National Audubon Society is known for its work on field guides in several interesting fields that are related to nature. This particular book simplified the process of identifying amphibious and reptiles in their natural habitats. Once we manage to identify a specimen, the book will give us a full description as well as a range map and where the reptile can be found (within North America). The photographs are organized according to the shape, markings, and colorings of different creatures. This makes it fairly easy for the reader to find what they’re looking for.
This is a field guide with about a hundred color photographs and more than three hundred color distribution maps. It covers the reptiles and amphibians of Eastern and Central North America and is a bestseller in the department of field guides. While it may not be as comprehensive as other guides, it’s a good way to get acquainted with the reptiles and amphibians in a specific area.
There are several editions of this book, with some readers preferring the older ones due to the larger pictures. There was also some relevant information cut from the newer editions, so a determined reptile enthusiast might want to stick with the older versions.
This is an aesthetically pleasing option that gives information on more than 10,000 species of reptiles and more than 7,000 species of amphibians. There are about 320 colored illustrations in the pages, including artistic photographs, maps, and several other features. Environmental concerns, conservation factors, and population statistics are also part of the knowledge one can gain from this volume.
This encyclopedia can be best used when accompanied with an updated field guide. It gives in-depth information about any species one can see while exploring a certain area. Plus, the book itself is not too large, so it can be packed for travelling purposes as well. However, it’s still not suitable for carrying when we’re out looking for reptile specimens.
Readers love this book for the visuals as well as the numerous fun facts it provides. It’s also a comprehensive work, so those interested in herpetology will find it both interesting and useful.
This book introduces kids to a range of reptiles, including the chameleon and the rattlesnake. It’s good for helping out children in their school projects for the first grade or elementary school in general. There are several fully-colored photographs and amazing facts about each species, including their size, danger rating, markings, etc.
The pages here also include about 30 stickers to make the learning more fun for young readers. The author behind this work is passionate about providing education though fun projects, with this book being just one example. Kindergarten teachers and parents would find this a very useful book for sparking a kid’s internet in the world around them. Since the hardcover version is large and brightly-colored, it also makes for a great display option in classrooms and libraries.
This guide is informative and mostly visual, making it a great introduction to reptiles. It allows the reader to get acquainted with these creatures, starting from their very beginning. The work here focuses on the species from the time when they’re inside the egg to their hunting and survival skills as full-fledged adults.
Other interesting and useful depictions in this book include a portrayal of the snake anatomy, from its skin to its skeleton; the feet of the lizards; and the kind of shells one can fund on tortoises and turtles. Overall, this is an option that helps young readers gain an insight into the world of herpetology. The artwork and photography are both visually pleasing, while the text has been reworked so that it’s simpler for young readers.
This is a pocket guide that’s both comprehensive and user-friendly. It’s illustrated with beautiful photographs in full color along with authoritative text contributed by experts such as an experienced herpetologist and a professor of biology. The photographs are of around 400 species, while the design makes it easy to identify any specimen fairly easily and quickly.
The entries here highlight the main characteristics of each reptile or amphibian species, while the photos are crisp and detailed. There’s also a comprehensive introduction that deals with the behavior, lifecycles, and anatomy of several major groups within this category. There’s a visual key that makes the first steps for identification much easier.
This reference book is presented by the natural world experts working at National Geographic. It’s designed especially for children, with many fascinating facts, a lively tone, and a lot of colorful images to interest young ones in reptiles. This encyclopedia is very easy to use and profiles several species of amphibians, snakes, turtles, lizards, tortoises, tuatara, and crocodiles. The profiles for each species have several sections with fast facts and other interesting information to make the learning fun and hassle-free. The sentences are simple and easy to read, so children could even peruse the book on their own without asking too many questions.
This book deals with the fascinating chameleon, which is a particularly interesting species due to their long tongues and ability to change the color of their skin very rapidly. Those who are interested specifically in this creature will find this book very useful, especially as it gives detailed instructions about how to care for them.
The guidelines here cover the four species that are most commonly kept by chameleon enthusiasts and breeders. It has four parts, each with its own natural history, introduction, reproduction, and captive care. The author behind this book has several works relating to science and nature under his belt, along with around 30 years of research and experience in this field.
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This resource book is a wildlife guide for the Grand Teton National Park. It opens up the secrets of a professional wildlife guide for the layman and guides the readers towards the best places for finding and photographing the wildlife of this region. It focuses on about 50 hotspots where one can find wildlife, which might be hard without such guidance.
In addition to the different animals one might be in search of, this book is also a guide that covers all the four seasons in the area. This gives the naturalists and explorers a good chance of viewing the wildlife they want to observe no matter what part of the year they visit. The guide will also help us gauge the best time, the focal length of the camera lens, and other factors for making our wildlife experience as productive as possible.
This resource book guides the readers about the photography of wildlife and nature in general. The author shares his own experience in this field as a ranger, teacher, and photographer as well. The text and pictures here can help many park visitors and nature enthusiasts to boost their photography skills and get a more professional result than before. Even if one only has modest camera gear, they can do a lot with the author’s instruction in this book.
What makes this book stand out from other works on how to improve one’s photography is that the author himself has a deep connection with the earth and the wildlife of several regions. There’s also a lot of technical information here that is current and relevant, while an extensive collection of gorgeous pictures shows us the possibilities ahead.
3. National Wildlife Federation: Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife — de David Mizejewsk
This resource book edition contains several projects with step-by-step instruction for those who want to give back to nature. Here, one can learn how to make their own backyard a friendlier habitat for their local wildlife. This is an offering form the National Wildlife Federation, which is the largest nonprofit for conservation organization within the United States.
Overall, this work is a good purchase for family use, as it contains projects that a group can do together. The projects are easy and fun along with being educational, so they can easily appeal to all age groups. There are also around two hundred colored photographs of wildlife habitats in real-life backyards along with a display of the many creatures that are attracted to them.
This is a resource book guide that can help interested audiences learn how to make ponds, flower borders, wildlife shelters, bird feeders, hibernation sites, wildflower meadows, hedges, and nesting boxes. With these additions to a backyard or garden, one can find it easier to attract wildlife inside their personal space. This will then help them observe and enjoy different species from a closer angle and for longer stretches of time than out in the field.
Moreover, this book has won the Garden Media Guild Award for being the Practical Gardening Book of the Year. This is mainly due to the wealth of information and ideas within the pages. These help nature and wildlife enthusiasts to create a garden that will fulfill their interest in a convenient and practical fashion.
This book investigated the criminal side of the wildlife world; namely, the concept of trafficking wildlife globally and even within the same country or continent. The author is a journalist who takes us on a journey to understand the underground reality of such trafficking. She covered the traders and packers of animals along with their customers and the people who are fighting this horrendous industry.
The research here will help readers understand what they’re supporting when they buy meat, fur, and jewelry that’s derived from the body parts of various animals. There’s even some discussion on how we get our pets as well as our medicine. Overall, the poaching epidemic is laid out here in an evocative manner with some gentle humor as well, which many might prefer to dry lists of depressing statistics.
6. Make a Home for Wildlife: Creating Habitat on Your Land Backyard to Many Acres — de Charles Fergus
This is a resource book on how to improve the land quality of a personal garden yard, or some other piece of land. There are several million acres of wild forest land and woods that are owned privately in the United States alone. This means that certain individuals and families have the power to enhance their properties and make better habitats for the surrounding wildlife. This could be a suburban lot, a woodland retreat, or a farm covering a hundred aces.
With the habitat projects outlined in this work, readers can learn how to work outdoors in an enjoyable and cost-effective manner. There is also information on how to obtain funding for turning private land into a suitable wildlife habitat. Additionally, there are over a hundred profiles of interesting and conscious species that will probably be attracted towards such habitats.
Moths might all look the same to a layman’s eyes, but there are actually several thousand moth species to observe and learn about. Even the colors present an amazing variety; apart from the grays and browns, many moths also have brilliant coloring in soft violet, green, pink, and orange combinations. This book will also introduce the reader to moths with different patterns on their wings, species of different sizes, and even some that look like unrealistic aliens.
There are also some tops here in identifying and attracting moths for the interested collector or observer. The identification system is a unique one that makes the process easier, while the season graphs and range maps are two more helpful features.
This is a field guide with more than five hundred descriptions of different butterfly species. There are also around a hundred color photographs and over three hundred color range maps to complement the description. There are also hundreds of colorful and exquisite paintings that show us the minutest of field marks to help identify different species. There are several introduction chapters as well, which can guide a reader on how to go about making a butterfly garden or working towards butterfly conversion in some other way.
The author behind this work is among the world’s leading naturalists and has won several awards for his work on natural science, conservation, and ornithology. This makes him an authority on the subject of butterflies and many other forms of wildlife.
9. Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History — de David L. Wagner
This guide contains a vast variety of illustrations that can help any interested part easily identify about 700 kinds of caterpillars. These are all found to the east of the Mississippi River. The pages contain more than a thousand colored photos and around twenty-four line drawings that present detailed images. Among the species covered are the tiger moths, giant silk moths, and the Mexican Jumping Bean caterpillars.
There are several pictures per species in this work, including images of the adult caterpillar as well as information of its seasonal activities and life history. The text is succinct and easy to understand, while each account is also filled in with interesting facts and information about related species. Overall, this is a useful and compact guide that will help out educators as well as naturalists who are interested in butterflies, moths, and caterpillars.
This resource is a comprehensive guide to the beetles found in Eastern North America. It contains full-color photographs of diverse species within the region that’s east of the Mississippi River. The text and photos cover more than 1,400 species and all 115 families that can be found in this part of the world.
There are also extensive introductions for each species here, which provide useful information on the reproduction habits, anatomy, natural history, and general behavior of the beetles. There’s also some discussion on how one can try to conserve the habitats to make sure the species survive. The organization of sections is by family type, with an illustrated key and several drawings for easy identification.