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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books; 1 edition (March 12 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713670436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713670431
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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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I just received this, and was delighted to discover the section on Top Mammal Watching Sites!
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4bf7450) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0xa4b705b8) out of 5 stars Outstanding! July 26 2007
By Laszlo Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ecotourists visiting Madagascar are really lucky.
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b7060c) out of 5 stars An ideal photographic guide June 8 2008
By Adrian Cerda Ardura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a good photographic guide to the mammals of Madagascar. I have several good books about Ecology, Evolution, Taxonomy, Biogeography and other related topics, but I really was needing one that would show the variety of mammalian species of the island. I finally found this little guide showing most of the species. It is good in size, although I wish it was larger because the excellent photos could be more enjoyable being larger. Also, I would love to have more images of the natural history of certain species, rather than have them just frozen in resting position. The written information is also good and enough for a guide of this quality, level and purpose. It is not for experts, but I am sure that even the experts, as well as anyone, will enjoy the book. Congratulations to the author Nick Garbut, it is an excellent work!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b70a44) out of 5 stars great wildlife (mammals) reference for Madagascar. Sept. 27 2009
By T. T. Ramah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This a great reference for mammals of Madagascar. It is in between pure wildlife biology book and simple guide for mammals of Madagascar. My only complain is that taxonomic revisions of the primates (lemurs), may be from two years ago, is not there yet. I guess a work in progress.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b70e04) out of 5 stars This is the best book on the wonderful mammals of Madagascar Jan. 11 2013
By Barbara Kasch - Published on Amazon.com
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I was lucky enough to spend 5 weeks in the charming land in 1990 and am delighted at the completeness of this book. When I went there in '90 only about 30 species of lemurs were known and since then many more have been discovered. This book details all of them and provide info. about the other fascinating mammals found there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b70db0) out of 5 stars OK, but not for a field guide July 15 2016
By MR ANTHONY G SCHLENCKER - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was fairly helpful in reading up about the mammals once we were back in the hotel room in the evenings. It wasn't of much use in the field, which I had hoped it would be, but it did give detailed information after we had seen the animals in the park during the day.

probably worth purchasing if you are going to Mada.