Chris and Tilde Stuart, both actively involved in mammal research, are the founders of the African Carnivore Research Programme and the Arabian Wildlife Research Centre. They are well known for numerous popular books, among them the highly successful Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa and Field Guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife
Extensively revised since the 3rd ed. (2001), this book by C. Stuart and T. Stuart (founders, African-Arabian Wildlife Research Centre) is the definitive photographic guide to the mammals of southern Africa. Standing in contrast to those regional guides that emphasize only Africa s larger mammals, it covers the rich diversity of small mammals: golden moles, sengis, hedgehogs and shrews, bats, hares and rabbits, and rodents. The introduction considers the major biotic zones, mammal identification, and conservation and management in southern Africa. Following are concise accounts of mammal families and subfamilies, color-coded to facilitate their location within the text. Especially useful are figures depicting the tail, facial conformation, and ear conformation of different bat groups. Identification is based on 470 excellent photographs emphasizing distinguishing features, along with 275 distribution maps. The 350 species accounts cover description, distribution, habitat, behavior, food, and reproduction. More than just a field guide, this concise reference nicely complements the comprehensive The Mammals of the Southern Africa Subregion, rev. by J. D. Skinner and C. T. Chimiimba (3rd ed., CH, Sept 06, 44-0035). Inclusion of the usually overlooked small mammals make this book a valuable addition to mammalian libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."