• The book presents 50 of the most recognizable and geologically interesting sites around South Africa, including some of palaeontological or historical renown and some of mining interest. The diverse selection includes sites such as Chapman’s Peak, Howick Falls, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Mapungubwe, Tswaing Meteorite Crater and the Fraserburg Fossil Surface.
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    Identify bird calls with this handy guide and CD, which together feature 500 distinctive southern African species. The CD gives the best-known song or call of each species; the book provides clear and accessible text, with a brief account for each species, including a description of the song, associated behaviour, similar-sounding species, the bird’s favoured habitat type, and a distribution map
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    Like the first edition (1993), this modern edition contains: an in-depth introduction to the natural history of freshwater fishes and the southern African context. detailed species accounts, each with a full-colour illustration, distribution map and symbols indicating size and conservation status. A concise description covers identifying features, biology and ecology, conservation status and uses of each species.
  • This detailed and comprehensive guide to the 151 snakes indigenous to southern Africa covers all essential aspects of snake biology and behaviour. Now in its second edition, A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa has been updated, revised, and expanded to include at least 11 newly discovered and 30 re-classified species and sub-species. New information based on international scientific research has been included in the species accounts relating to behaviour, identification, reproduction, and snake venom.
  • Originally published in 1994, A Field Guide to Tracks and Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife quickly became the standard reference to the subject in the region, reprinting many times. This new edition provides the most detailed coverage of tracks, droppings, bird pellets, nests and shelters and feeding signs, not only for mammals, but also for birds, reptiles, insects, and other invertebrates. Greatly expanded, this extensive update now features full colour throughout.
  • This is the first comprehensive guide to wildlife diseases to be published in South Africa specifically for game farm owners, game rangers and others involved in the management and handling of wildlife. It contains 190 photographs, illustrations, maps, and parasite life cycles.
  • In this fully revised edition of A Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of South Africa, all 164 species known to occur in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland are described and illustrated, grouped according to family (six dragonfly and six damselfly families). The species entries feature scans of live insects (close-up and side-view images) and photographs of specimens in their natural environment and showing key behaviours.
  • Drawing on the latest scientific research, the authors introduce the book with a discussion of reptile identification, diversity, biology, distribution patterns, and where to find and observe them, as well as unravelling the facts and fallacies of snakebites. Written in a lively and accessible way, the subsequent chapters offer insight into: Identification to group level, with an inclusive list of related species A detailed description of appearance, together with colourful images Biology and behaviour of each group
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    A Walk through the Southern Sky is a beautifully illustrated guide to the stars and constellations of the southern hemisphere. By following the simplified and easy-to-use star maps, readers will be able to identify constellations with no equipment but normal sight and a clear night sky.
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    This is the first Field Guide to Southern African ants ever published. Lavishly illustrated with Philip Herbst's fabulous macrophotographs, and the best of some fifty more observers from I Spot’, the book details 225 of the most common species, with notes about another 400. Also included are comprehensive habitat and locality endpaper maps, index, and bibliography.
  • Revealing fascinating insights into the mysterious lives of bird’s native to the mother continent, this remarkable guide exhibits the many vibrantly colourful species found in the South African bush. Providing an in-depth discourse on all aspects of bird life--detailing their myriad forms, survival strategies in a harsh landscape, breeding and feeding behaviours, movements, migrations, preferred habitat, unique behavioural patterns, and vocalizations--this comprehensive manual also expertly advises on how to easily and accurately identify each individual species.
  • This expanded version has been revised to cover mammals in a much more comprehensive manner with updated classifications, new questions and answers, a more user-friendly format and more than 600 full-colour photographs.
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    This book is a totally fresh approach to observing birds in Southern Africa. It affords you the opportunity to gather previously inaccessible and indecipherable information in the form of tracks and signs left behind by our avifauna. The book explores the unique details of the spoor, or tracks, of many species of birds. This is done in multiple ways including by observing their droppings, examining their feeding behaviour as well as their general nesting structures. It is remarkable how tracks and signs in nature help you to enrich your knowledge of bird species.
  • The prehistoric record of southern Africa extends back some 2 million years. The oldest cultural artefacts are stone tools such as hand axes, cleavers, and choppers. In more recent centuries, archaeologists have found an extensive repertoire of artefacts including not only stone tools, but tools of bone, wood and shell as well as beads, jewellery, grinding stones, clothing, fishing equipment, burials and southern Africa's enigmatic rock art.
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    Seventeen of South Africa's most prominent bush experts share their knowledge about conservation and management of the Bushveld, its geology and soil, veld and plants, timber and age-old trees, survival and usage of the veld in historical times, modern-day tourism and how one goes about buying a farm here.
  • Let Southbound take you to the astonishing floral riches of the Cape - what Carl Linnaeus described as “this Heaven on Earth” - a vast area of mountainous shrubland, dominated by fynbos, and rich in faunal, floral and cultural diversity. The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the oldest plant kingdoms in the world with some species dating back 60 million years The smallest and richest of the world’s six Floral Kingdoms with a staggering 9,600 flora species, 70% of which occur nowhere else on Earth.
  • Chameleons are fascinating creatures: they almost always evoke in people a strong response, be it delight, wonder, or fear. Chameleons of Southern Africa explores this interesting group of lizards and discusses their strange and unusual, sometimes unnerving, characteristics. It presents an overview of all types of chameleons (of which there are up to 160 species in total, worldwide), their history, geographic distribution (restricted mainly to Madagascar and Africa), reproduction, behaviour and their relationships to each other.
  • World-renowned wildlife trackers Alex van den Heever and Renias Mhlongo have spent more than two decades working together, tracking leopards and lions at Londolozi, jaguars in South America and grizzly bears in the United States. In Changing a Leopard's Spots, Alex shares stories from his life with Renias, including the successes, failures, dramas, laughter, disappointments, and highlights.
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    The Coastal Guide of South Africa is a basic guide to the coastline's biodiversity, from dune to ocean, developed in order to offer beach enthusiasts, holidaymakers and recreational anglers a simple guide for identifying the plants and animals most frequently or commonly seen or caught along South Africa's coastline. Although it does not cover all the species, it is a good introduction for those people who would like to begin to identify and understand some of the coastal life we come into contact with while using the beach.
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    This book describes 50 species found in this area of Botswana, each with a colour illustrations and photographs. It also contains many line drawings. Medicinal and food uses are discussed in detail. Other relating facts about soil type, animals that feed on it, nutritional value, etc. are also provided. At the back of the book is a campfire quiz, ideal for the use of students. A detailed index provides easy reference.
  • Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa is designed for easy, rapid identification of all butterflies likely to be seen in South Africa. Following a worldwide trend to butterfly watching, readers are encouraged to observe behaviour rather than collect specimens. A detailed introductory section discusses butterfly biology, behaviour and anatomy, and butterfly families and subfamilies.
  • Field Guide to Fynbos features over 1,000 species from the Cape Floristic Region – home to one of the world’s richest floras. This fully updated edition focuses on the most common and ‘showy’ plants. An introduction unpacks the world of fynbos – including origins, diversity, climate, and adaptations and is followed by a photographic key and descriptions of the fynbos families. Species descriptions are accompanied by photographs, distribution maps, comparisons with similar species, and notes on traditional uses.
  • This is an updated and revised edition of the largest, most authoritative field guide to the insect fauna of South Africa, with detailed descriptions and images of some 1,500 of the most common, most economically and ecologically important, and most interesting and attractive insects in the region.
  • Southern Africa boasts many spectacular examples of rocks and minerals; volcanic lava make up the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, granite mountains form stunning scenery in Namibia and Zimbabwe, and some of the most ancient rocks on Earth - over 3000 million years old - are to be found on the subcontinent. The region is home to many important and interesting minerals, as well as a wide array of beautiful gemstones - diamonds from South Africa.
  • Of the more than 5,500 mammal’s species worldwide, at least 1,200 occur in Africa. Stuarts’ Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa concentrates on the more visible and easily distinguished larger species, as well as some of the more frequently seen smaller mammals. This new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and redesigned and includes: the most recent research and taxonomy, revised distribution maps and many new images, colour-coded grouping of orders.
  • About the book: Formerly Spider watch in Southern Africa, this new edition, revised and updated, is now being relaunched as Spiders of Southern Africa. It is part of an informal series of books that presents natural history topics in a readable, interesting, and accessible fashion.
  • This comprehensively updated and expanded edition of the region’s best-selling field guide to trees offers much, much more than the highly successful first edition. Fully updated text (including additional species entries) and distribution maps, numerous new photographs and a new 87-page section of full-tree photographs makes this well-loved guide even more indispensable in the field.
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    This fully updated edition of Field Guide to Wildflowers of South Africa covers more than 1,100 species of ore, focusing on the most common, conspicuous, and showy plants around the region. An informative introduction discusses plant diversity, vegetation types, and includes a key to identifying plant groups. The species descriptions follow, and each is accompanied by: a vivid photograph; a distribution map showing range, and an indication of the plant.
  • This comprehensive guide to the ferns of Southern Africa (covering South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, and Namibia) throws new light on a category of plants that is little-described or featured. User-friendly and accessible, it will enable quick and sure identification of all 315 ferns known to occur in the region. The book features: A double-page spread per species with a full plate of multiple photographs, including close-ups; informative line drawings where necessary; detailed but clear descriptions.
  • This user-friendly, richly illustrated field guide features more than 700 southern African succulents, focusing on the most interesting and commonly encountered species. An introduction to families and their key features will help readers identify the relevant plant group, while concise accounts describing the plants’ diagnostic features, along with distribution maps, will enable quick ID of species.