Friday, 30 May 2014

Review: 'Animals of the Serengeti' by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy

Animals of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy, 2014, Princeton University Press, $20.62, softbound, 152 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: brilliant. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

The purpose of this field guide is threefold: to help readers identify species they are not sure about, to offer plenty of interesting information on each species, and to show that there is much more in the Serengeti to look out for than just the 'Big Five.'

The authors provide information on the great migrations of the white-bearded wildebeest, who are on a continuous quest for fresh grass; they offer a map of the 'Greater Serengeti area,' which is the area this book covers; and they introduce you to the ten places in which to watch wildlife in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area.

Each species is represented with a colour plate, size, gestation period, how to recognise the animal, habits, where to find them, what they feed on, and the name of the animal (the common name, scientific name, Swa, and Maa names). 

Further reading and useful resources are given, and there's an easy to follow index in the back.

If you like this one, try: Birds of the Serengeti, by Adam Scott Kennedy. 

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