Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park, by Heike Schütze
This comprehensive guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park is a product of Heike Schütze's passion for wildlife and awareness of the urgent and ongoing need for nature conservation.
Having had the privilege of travelling extensively throughout southern Africa, I decided to compile this book for two reasons: first and foremost, to promote nature conservation through wildlife awareness. Although there are numerous wildlife protection bodies, their long-term success depends on sustained, honest management, as well as sound wildlife education aimed at the general public. Conservation is everyone's responsibility. Gaining an understanding of African wildlife leads to an interest in its welfare, At the same time, it underlines the importance of ways in which habitat and resource needs can be met, not only of growing human populations, but also of wildlife. How unfortunate it would be if future generations could not experience African wildlife in all its diversity. Thus, the second reason for writing this book - to compile a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide aimed at wildlife experts as well as novices, offering insight into mammalian behaviour, and how mammals interact with one another and their environment. There is more to game-watching than simply keeping a checklist of sightings. If you stop to look and listen, immense rewards can be gained from observing animals in their natural environment. On one of my trips to the Kruger, I came across several tourists watching two impala rams sparring playfully. Suddenly, the rams' behaviour changed, and they seemed to start acting in a peculiar way: prancing with stiff legs, and jerking their heads while letting out loud snorts. While they were doing this, several of the tourist groups moved off to find 'the more glamorous species'. Yet if they had understood that they were witnessing impala signalling alarm, and had they waited a few more minutes, they would have had the opportunity to see a leopard not more than 30 metres away, stalking its prey! This book covers all the mammalian species known to occur in the Kruger National Park, which accurately represents a large proportion of the mammals found in the southern African region. Data for the smaller species (bats, moles, shrews and rodents) is grouped according to families or subfamilies. Many of these species cannot be differentiated with the naked eye, and without the aid of dental and/or chromosomal analysis, so no attempt is made to discuss them separately. Instead, a general background is given to the different families/subfamilies, providing the reader with an overall under-standing of these mammalian groups. To aid the reader in identifying the different mammal species of the Kruger, field signs and tracking data are tabulated in Appendix 1, and predator/prey relationships are elucidated in tables and graphs in Appendix 2. For more in-depth information regarding the different species found in the region, 'Suggested Further Reading' on p 214 can be consulted.
This is an excerpt from the book: Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park, by Heike Schütze.
Title: Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park
Author: Heike Schütze
Cape Town, South Africa 2002
ISBN 9781868725946 / ISBN 978-1-86872-594-6
Softcover, 15x21 cm, 220 pages, throughout colour photos
Schütze, Heike im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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