First Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

These little guides are an invaluable resource for beginners
Fraser, Sean
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First Field Guide to Mammals of Southern Africa

Author: Sean Fraser
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, 1998
ISBN: 9781868721221
Paperback, 11x17 cm, 56 pages, throughout colour photos


These natural history guides have been developed in the hope that young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history will take up the challenge to learn the secrets of southern Africa’s fascinating fauna and flora.

These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps and easy-to-read text.

• handy pocket size
• easy-to-read text
• suitable for the beginner naturalist
• each species is photographed

About the Author:

Sean Fraser, a graduate of Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, is a full-time editor and writer.

For three years he was the Managing Editor of the Globetrotter Travel Series, a collection of acclaimed guides, atlases and travel maps focusing on a wide range of international travel destinations, including those of Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Americas.

He was also Associate Editor of Discover Africa magazine and Contributing Editor on Africa – Environment and Wildlife (now Africa Geographic).

He is also the author of no fewer than eight glossy coffee-table volumes on the people, wildlife and natural splendour of South Africa, three natural history guides aimed at creating conservation awareness among young readers, particularly in Africa, as well as National Geographics 336-page African Adventure Atlas, which explores the seemingly endless opportunities for travel and adventure on the continent.

Based in Cape Town, Sean Fraser currently enjoys a freelance career in book and magazine publishing, specialising in travel and political biography.


Southern African mammals
Identifying mammals
Mammal names
In the field
Egyptian Slit-faced Bat
Nycteris thebaica
Lesser Bushbaby
Galago moholi
Chacma Baboon
Papio cynocephalus ursinus
Vervet Monkey
Cercopithecus aethiops
Scrub Hare Lepus saxatilis
Hystrix africaeaustralis
Ground Squirrel Xerus inauris
Brown Hyaena
Hyaena brunnea
Spotted Hyaena
Crocuta crocuta
Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus
Leopard Panthera pardus
Lion Panthera leo
Caracal (Rooikat)
Felis caracal
African Wild Cat Felis lybica
Bat-eared Fox
Otocyon megalotis
Wild Dog Lycaon pictus
Black-backed Jackal
Canis mesomelas
Cape Clawless Otter
Aonyx capensis
Honey Badger
Mellivora capensis
African Civet
Civettictis civetta
Small-spotted Genet
Genetta genetta
Suricate Suricata suricatta
Dwarf Mongoose
Helogale parvula
African Elephant
Loxodonta africana
Rock Hyrax (Dassie)
Procavia capensis
White Rhinoceros
Ceratotherium simum
Black Rhinoceros
Diceros bicomis
Burchells Zebra
Equus burchellii
Phacochoerus aethiopicus
Hippopotamus amphibius
Giraffa camelopardalis
Blue Wildebeest
Connochaetes taurinus
Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi
Common Duiker
Sylvicapra grimmia
Antidorcas marsupialis
Oreotragus oreotragus
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
Impala Aepyceros melampus
Gemsbok (Oryx) Oryx gazello
African Buffalo Syncerus caffer
Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Eland Taurotragus oryx
Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Common Dolphin
Delphinus delphis
Southern Right Whale
Eubalaena australis
Cape Fur Seal
Arctocephalus pusillus
Checklist and Index