Mammals of Madagascar Paperback – Mar 12 2007
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'Photographs that could grace a glossy coffee-table book are matched with authoritative, up-to-date text in a guide small enough to pop in your backpack... If you are a natural-history buff who dreams of seeing this amazing island, Garbutt just might tip you off the couch and stir you into action.' BBC Wildlife (May 2007)
About the Author
Nick Garbutt is Europe's best-known and most popular authority on Madagascar's wildlife. He has observed almost all of Madagascar's mammals in the wild--a claim only a handful of others can make. He is also a talented artist and wildlife photographer.
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This is the BEST animal guide book I have ever seen: Superb photos, excellent descriptions with source references, and a travel guide with real advice on how to see them.
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After the excellent Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros, an excellent, affordable field guide to mammals in now finally available!
It's hard to know where to start praising this book, but perhaps most importantly, it really IS complete, describing all mammal species found in Madagascar.
The species accounts are incredibly detailed, not only providing extensive info on each species' appearence, behaviour, habitat & distribution, but even telling you where to go to see each one!
Of course excellent photographs (except for a few obscure rodents and bats) and very detailed range maps accompany each species as well.
Additionally, there are highly informative chapters on the various habitats found in Madagascar, on conservation issues, and finally detailed descriptions of the country's top mammal-watching sites, with lists of the most important species to be expected, access, facilities, best season to visit...
For those seriously interested, there is an incredibly long bibliography listing as well.
If I really had to make one complaint about this book, it would be that the format is a bit too large to be convenient for carrying in the field. I wish it could be smaller and thicker, but this size may have been necessary to accomodate several impressive full-page sized photographs.
I recommend this book for anyone; simple tourist planning to visit Madagascar, teachers who want kids to know more about the island's mammals, and pure biologists.
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